|Posted by dragonflyducky on November 12, 2010 at 6:51 PM|
Needle Felted Snowman
To make each snowman you will need:
Carded wool (about 1/2 ounce white & small amounts of black and
a felting needle, foam pad ( you can use a thick kitchen sponge), and
scissors for trimming the finished work.
Instructions are for making a 4 inch tall snowman but can easily be
adjusted to make larger or smaller snowmen.
1) Take a length of roving (about 1/4 ounce or 9 inches long) and begin
pinching and rolling the wool into a tight ball. Pinch the sides in with
your fingers as you roll it up.
2) Place the wool ball on your foam pad and stab the ball a few
times to hold it together. Make sure to always keep your fingers
away from the area you are poking with the needles. Needles are
VERY sharp! Turn the ball of wool as you poke it all around.
3) Poke in at the sides to shape the wool into a sphere. Wherever
you poke with the needle, the wool will compact. Poke in any bumps
to try and get a fairly even surface. Gently stab all over the surface,
rotating the ball as you go. The ball should hold its shape but don’t
felt it so much that starts to get too firm...it needs to still be
squishy to make it easier to join the pieces.
Repeat steps 1-3 with a slightly smaller piece of wool to make a
smaller sphere for the head.
4) Place the smaller ball on top of the larger ball and
begin to stab all around the base of the head all the
way into the body. Angle the needle slightly so you are
jabbing through the head inward towards the body.
5) Turn the snowman upside down and now poke the needle
from the body towards the head all the way around the
head. The two pieces should now be firmly attached.
6) To make a smooth seam between the
head and body, place a thin layer of
white wool around the neck as pictured.
Gently needle the wool down all around
the neck and onto head and body.
7) Place snowman firmly on a table and push down to
flatten the bottom.
This is so the snowman will be able to stand on its own.
8 ) Needle all around the bottom of the snowman....really jab it all
over to make the bottom firm.
Now you’re ready to make the face!
9) Pull off a small (about 1.5-2 inch long)
tuft of orange wool and shape it
into a triangle -you can just pull on the
center fibers a bit to shape it.
Starting on the wide end, roll up the orange
wool into a tapered cone... don’t worry too
much about the shape now...just try to roll
it so one end is a bit fatter than the other.
10) Begin needling the cone...
rotating it as you go....really stab
a lot on the thinner end to make
it very compact and hard. You
want to leave the wide end a bit
less firm so it will attach to the
head easier but get the pointy end
of the nose pretty firm.
11) Place the nose in the center of the face and stab all around the base
on a slightly inward angle (see picture). Go all around the base of the
nose two or three times and make sure it is firmly attached to the
12) Next you will add the eyes and mouth. Pull off two small tufts of black
wool making sure that they are about the same size. Rub the wool
between two fingers to compact it just a bit. It will look much too large at
first, but as you attach it, it will seem to shrink greatly as most of the
wool gets poked into the head.
13) Center the wool over where you
want the eye to be and stab only into
the center of the black patch. You will
see the black patch get smaller as
most of the black fibers are being
pushed inside the head. When the eye
is about the size you want, gently stab
all around the edge of the eye, angling
the needle inward to make a nice clean
edge. Repeat for second eye.
14) The mouth is done in the same manner as the eyes. Pull off
five pieces of black wool that are about the same size and attach
them the same way you did the eyes. Start with the center piece
under the nose to make it easier to space the pieces. You can
have a lot of fun with this part making your snowman have
15) The snowman is basically done now and just needs some finish
work. Use a pair or sharp scissors to trim any loose fibers - paying
close attention to the area around the eyes and mouth and the tip of
Now look at the snowman and see if there are any areas that need to
be smoother or firmer. Needle those areas gently and thoroughly to
try to give it an overall smooth appearance.
You can make these snowmen in just about any size and vary
them by giving them scarves of colored roving, buttons down the front,
crazy hair - the possibilities are endless!