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Needle Felted Snowman Tutorial

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

orange)

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

head.




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

different expressions!




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

the nose.

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!

 



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Reply Karen L. King
7:04 PM on November 21, 2010 
Thanks so much for this little tute! I've never tried needlefelting, but I am beginning to see this could be fun!
How about one that is half melted? LOL!
Reply dragonflyducky
10:59 PM on November 21, 2010 
Oh yes! I keep waiting to make some demented snowmen like Calvin's: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/calvin.html
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