Friday, 18 February 2011

Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part One

This is a perfect beginners project You will learn how to make a basic shape, layer colored wool over the top and finally add pattern and surface design.

You will need.
1 size 38 star or triangle  needle felting needle (this is used for most of the shaping).
1 size 40 triangle needle felting needle (this is used for adding detail)
1 foam block to work on.
A variety of colors of wool roving.

In Part one we will make the egg shape and cover it with a color. You can make it all out of one color if you prefer.


1. Take some wool for the core for your shape.



2. Roll the wool on your foam block, tucking in the ends as you go.
Tip. the tighter you roll the wool the less work you have to do with your needle.




3. When you have a basic oval shape start poking with your size 38 needle to bind the wool fibers to each other.







4. Keep poking with your needle until the egg starts to firm up and take shape,  holding the wool while you work.








5. Taper one end by poking more times than the other end with your needle so it starts to take on an egg shape.





6. Once you have something like this you are ready to add the colored wool.

Skip this part if you have chosen to use all one color.



 7. Start wrapping the colored wool around the egg, attaching it with your needle as you go.



8. Wrap again length ways to make sure the egg is totally covered.




9. Keep working with your needle until the fibers are all meshed together and your egg is firm and in shape.




You are now ready to start Part 2 and add your design.




4 comments:

  1. I had no idea how these felted items were made until now. Great tutorial for a complete novice.

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  2. that's a fun tutorial! I love how the cats were involved to haha well done!

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  3. Thanks,
    I should have Part 2 up tomorrow.
    Oh, those cats!. They always appear when Im felting, lol.

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  4. Thanks for this it is really interesting to see how it is done :-)

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