Needle felting has taken the crafty world by storm this year – and it’s not difficult to see why! This easy-to-learn, inexpensive hobby enables you to create all manner of cute critters, cuddly companions, home decor items, adorable gifts and more… and it’s so therapeutic too! We sent one of our popular needle felting kits to creative contributor Sarah Jackman-Read, so that we could bring you a step-by-step guide on how to get started in this fantastic craft. Check out her tutorial below, and get your hands on this beautiful needle felting robin kit to create your own!
You Will Need:
Needle Felting Robin Kit Tutorial:
Remove everything from the box and check you have everything before you start. You should have four colours of wool, a foam mat, needles, eyes, wire and a pipe cleaner.
Start by making the legs. Take one piece of wire, fold this in half and flatten the fold with pliers. Carry on making 1cm folds until you have four ‘toes,’ then twist each toe with the pliers. Twist approximately 3cm of wire above the toes then push one of the toes to the back so the robin can balance. Repeat with the other piece of wire.
Twist the legs together, then bend the remaining wire to either side. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the wire to form the base for the robin’s body.
Wrap small amounts of white wool around the body. Lay it on the foam mat then poke the needle in and out to felt it together. Always use the felting needle on the mat, as it is very sharp! Keep turning the body and adding the felt until you have created the basic body shape. The wire inside the body will allow you to bend the body into shape if needed.
Once you are happy with your basic body shape, lay small amounts of red wool on the breast area and felt in place. Build up the breast until you achieve an even layer.
Add small amounts of grey wool over the head area and around the breast, then add a little down the back and around and under the tail. Leave the belly white.
Felt a little brown wool over the head then lay a piece on each side and felt in place to create wings. Leave the ends of the wings wispy to give the look of feathers, then add a little down the back. Add some brown wool to the tail, leaving the ends wispy.
Felt around each ‘wing’ to add definition, then poke two holes in the face above the breast and push in the eyes. Roll a tiny cone in black wool, then felt to create a beak. Trim this into a perfect cone shape, then felt in between the eyes. You can add a little PVA over the beak to stiffen it, if you wish.
And there you have it – your very own needle felting robin project is complete, and you have a gorgeous felted friend to call your own! You could sit him on a windowsill looking out onto the garden, or perch him on a branch of the Christmas tree for a felted festive finish.