Needle Felting-Easter Eggs

by leanneja on February 16, 2012 · 9 comments

in Crafts,Easter

I love trying something new in the crafting arena. Well, new to me anyway.
Aren’t these felted eggs too cute, if I do say so myself?

I have a mega talented friend who made me these hearts for my birthday.
I fell in love with them and asked her to teach me how to needle felt.

So she brought over all her supplies (look at all those pretty colors).
And some of her needle felting projects like these cute penguins.

And this sweet whale. She’s also made owls, Russian dolls, rabbits and probably lots more.
I decided to start with something a lot easier like Easter eggs.

The eggs are about the size of a large egg. This is how much wool I started with.
Let me start with a disclaimer here that I’m not a pro at this and it is my first time
so I’ll try to explain to the best of my abilities.

Start by laying the wool on a piece of styrofoam.
Bring the outsides to the inside and start puncturing to fuse the fibers together.
You use a felting needle to do this. I used a single needle.
It’s great for getting your frustrations out too.

You seriously need to puncture a thousand times (or more).
Get close to the size and shape you want then it’s time to add the colored wool roving.

Tear off a piece of wool (do not cut) and tear into a few long pieces.
Crisscross the pieces to form a place to put the egg shape.

Wrap the colored wool around the shape and start puncturing.
Probably at least a thousand times again.
Warning: if you puncture your thumb, it will bleed.
I am speaking from experience and a band-aid on my thumb.

Keep puncturing to help it take shape. Since I’m making an egg I turned it while I punctured.
Making an egg shape is a little harder than I thought.

I wanted polka dots on my eggs.
Start by tearing off a little piece of wool and forming it into a small circle.

Then add it to the egg. Puncture it to form it into the egg.
I’m not sure if it looks like a dinosaur egg or an Easter egg, but it’s not too bad for my first try.

For the next egg I decided to add a zig zag even though it actually looks curvy.

Then I added a second row. I really love how it turned out.

Aren’t they cute? I’m ready to make more.
What about you? Do you think you’ll give it a try?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Adele Jones February 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

Very cute. Warning, needle felting is highly addictive!

Amy February 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thanks a lot Leanne- Like I really needed another crafting hobby to take up. but these looks like so much fun- I may have to give in and try it anyway. :)
xoxo

Anjanette February 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

We so need to have a craft day and have Heidi teach us all!

Michelle Paige February 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Your eggs turned out beautiful! I have never tried felting. Would you be willing to link this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party going on now? I’d love to have you! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/02/springtime-holiday-link-party.html

Daneilia February 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Those are so neat!

Cranberry Morning February 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I love needle felted projects!! I’ve never done it, but a friend of mine has little critters that she has needle felted. So many possibilities. I’m wondering if I’d need to keep the Band-Aids nearby, however.

Virginia February 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

I love this project! I have wanted to learn to do needle felting but have been intimidated by it. Thanks for making it look somewhat easy!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny February 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

These are beautiful, Leanne. I’ve always wanted to try needle felting. You may have inspired me to give it a try. Nice eggs!

Christine February 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

I LOVE THEM!!!! Great tutorial!

I would love it if you shared it on my blog! :)
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-4.html

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