If, like me, you struggle to successfully grow house plants, how about making a needle felt cactus? I have given up trying to grow houseplants; the cats chew any bits they can get hold of, my house doesn’t get enough light and I am crap at remembering to water them. So, I’m concentrating on making artificial versions instead!
Needle felt Christmas decorations are fun to make and embellish, and only use a small amount of wool roving, thanks to a core of lambswool or toy filling!
After I had made the fluffy pom pom DIY a couple of weeks ago, I realised that I had never done a needle felted decoration tutorial, despite my Needle Felted Bunny DIY still being really popular. So I am fixing that with these retro style baubles (or ornaments for the Americans among you), decorated with seed beads. You can customise the colour and embellishments to fit in with your existing style; red wool and white beads for a Scandi theme? Classic red and green with gold beads? Or go fun and colourful like me! Read more
I love needle felting! That you can take fluffy, unspun wool, stab it with a needle and end up with a cute little 3D object still amazes me! Read more
What is Needle Felting? Its the technique of taking fluffy wool roving and stabbing it with a special barbed needle to create felted objects. It is similar to traditional wet felting were you felt wool using hot water and soap. Both methods tangle the loose wool fibres to make a solid felt fabric. Needle felting allows you create 3d shapes a lot easier and because there is no water involved, doesn’t need time to dry.
I always try to give my parents something I’ve handmade at Christmas, sometimes it will be individual presents or a joint gift. I went for the latter this Christmas and made them a set of needle felted garden birds decorations! They are lucky to live on the edge of a small town in Yorkshire, right by a park which leads onto the countryside so they get a lot of birds in their garden. I have made some needle felted birds before and have even taught workshops to make them, so its seemed about time they had a set.
I decided to create a bullfinch, a blue tit, a greenfinch and a goldfinch; all birds that have visited my parents garden. I am super happy with how they turned out! I even took the opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat so to speak!