Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Needle Felting Tutorial: Wool Flower + Tools Giveaway

Today was the perfect "crafternoon." I love trying new art forms, and today I experienced needle felting for my first time. I loved it! I'm a super duper beginner, but I thought it would be fun to share my experience with you. 

My two favorite things about needle felting are...
-it's a fun and easy project to do with kids; my 5 year old daughter had a blast helping me!
-the roving reminds me of the lambswool I used to wrap my toes in when I danced en pointe, my fingers loved handling the soft fibers!

If you have no idea what needle felting is, basically you are adding roving to wool felt, using needles, to add texture and color.

I was inspired by the tutorial for "Passion Poppies" in the book, Fabric Flowers by Indygo Junction. I am honored to be helping them kick off their brand new awesome book! You can check out the entire lineup of flowers + amazing bloggers who are demo-ing a new flower on the Indygo Junction blog.

You will need the items in the following two pictures. Everything you see in this first picture is up for grabs as a giveaway at the end of this post!
-needle felting tool
-needle felting mat
-roving (the loose, stringy wool)
-wool felt, 8" square, main color
-wool felt, 1" x 4", accent color
-pom pom or center embellishment
-pin back (or a headband)
-needle and thread
-hot glue gun + flue (opt.)
-template from Indygo Junction's book (or freehand your own)


1. The book has great templates in the back. To create my pattern, I traced it onto some medical paper.

2. Then I cut out my felt pieces.

3. Then, I cut 9 pieces of the roving, and 2" long and 1/2" wide.

 4. Here's where the fun began. After carefully placing the roving, I let my daughter use the tool to felt the wool into place. It probably takes about 10-30 stabs to work the fibers in.

5. Continue working all the way around the flower. If there are empty spots, you can fill them in later.

6. Take out your needle and thread, and figure out where to make the pleats. I didn't use chalk to mark the fold lines, I just eyeballed where to fold and sew. (I love Madeira thread).

7. Sew all the way around.

 8. Once your pleats are finished, you can add more roving in the bare spots.

 9. Cut slits into your 1"x4" piece of wool. Create a running stitch, and pull the thread, securing a knot at the end.

10. Hand stitch that to your flower.

 11. Hand stitch your center pom poms or other embellishment.

12. Attach the felt circle backing, and the pin. I hot glued these both, but you could certainly stitch them as well.

 Clip your flower to a jacket, purse, headband.... whatever makes you happy!

 I loved this new art form, and I can't wait to learn more!
If you know if any good sites or books that teach needle felting techniques, I would love to know about them.
I was going for a "feathered" look on this flower, but the more I look at it, the more I'm not sure my color choices work well together.... hmmm, just sayin'.

Giveaway closed.
**And the winner is #5, Lady Dragon!

Giveaway Time!!!
 Do you want to try your hand at needle felting? Cool! 
Enter for a chance to win the following items...
-a copy of Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers
-needle felting mat
-needle felting tool

To Enter:
1. Follow my blog via: Facebook or Pinterest
2. Leave a comment on this post, telling me how you follow and leaving an email.
write it like this: familyeverafter at gmail
*Giveaway ends Feb. 21
*US residents, ages 18 or older.

Discount Code:
This code will give you 20% off your next order from IndygoJunction.com
 (expires 5-1-13)

Check out all these other bloggers who are introducing new fabric flowers! You can also have 25 more chances to win! Check the entire blog tour schedule below to get in on winning! Each of these blogs are giving away a book and different supplies. 

2/2/13 - Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
2/4/13 - Kollabora
2/5/13 - CraftFoxes 
2/6/13 - Sewing Secrets 
2/7/13 - Princess Lasertron 
2/8/13 - Dollar Store Crafts 
2/11/13 - Tatertots & Jello 
2/12/13 - Family Ever After 
2/13/13 - This Mama Makes Stuff 
2/14/13 - Amy’s Creative Side 
2/15/13 - Today’s Creative Blog 
2/18/13 - Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 - Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 - The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 - The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 - Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 - Taradara
2/26/13 - Diary of a Quilter
2/27/13 - Craft Gossip
2/28/13 - How Joyful
3/1/13 - Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 - Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 - In Color Order
3/6/13 - See Kate Sew
3/7/13 - Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 - Sew Caroline
3/9/13 - Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Project


the momma (aka Shannon) said...

does #1 ever win? not sure...but i've been dying to try needle felting. ;)
thanks for the tut & giveaway!!

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

This looks like such a fun crafting medium! Your flower turned out so cute! I would love to win the giveaway. I am following you on both FB and Pinterest. My email is posedperfection at gmail. Have a great week!

Two Dollars said...

Following via Pinterest. ramble2us at gmail dot com

B Greene said...

I have done a bit of felting, but I really don't have the right tools - thanks for the chance to win!!
beckygreene10 (at) gmail (dot) com

Lady Dragoness said...

I followed your blog by using the RSS feed, which I can read on my own blog dashboard... my blog is here: http://artistiquebent.blogspot.com/ That works for me, I hope it works for you, too. Thanks for the chance to win. Needle felting looks interesting.


Alison said...

What a pretty flower and cool technique!
I follow through blogger (don't do FB or pinterest).

Nana's Niche said...

Following via Facebook. ejpate at gmail

Anonymous said...

follow on facebook at patmike2211@gmail.com

Elisa said...

following facebook, blogger, and pinterest too

bundang17 at hotmail.com

LILA-ANNE said...

I've never felted. Sounds interesting and easy!?

Katy P said...

I follow via facebook.
pacholke21 at gmail

Hubby and Wife said...

I am following several of your Pinterest boards and would love a copy of the flower book!

Mary S. said...

I follow blogger Do not do facebook Would love a book on the flowers they are interesting to make

lynaeve said...

familyeverafter at facebook

ELNM said...

Happy I found your blog - I am now following you on Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration!

annie and m said...

I'm following you via Pinterest.

I learned wet felting in college years ago but never tried needle felting. This technique looks like lots of fun - so many possibilities!

annieandm at gmail

SuzOH said...

I follow you on Pinterest, I'm at http://pinterest.com/suzanne_offner/. My email is suzanne dot offner at gmail.com.

Ginger said...

I like you on Facebook.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Lovely flower, I follow on Pinterest bgboppr(at)gpcom(dot)net

RGOriginals said...

I've been dying to try needle felting! I follow you on facebook. rachelguidojackson at gmail

Little Ella Lu said...

I follow on facebook and probably pinterest and gfc...littleellalu at gmail dot com

Ameryn Marie said...

I actually bought a set up for a crafty friend a while back, and have wanted to try it myself since then. I would love to win! I follow you on FB and my email is amerynmarie{at}gmail{dot}com.

Beth said...

I want to learn how to needle felt so bad. This flower is beautiful! It would be super if I could win. Then I will definitely have to find a class locally. I follow you on FB. Bethhuh at aol dot com.

Fancy That Notion said...

I follow on Facebook!:) fancythatnotion at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Following you on pinterest! Why didnt i do that a long time ago?! So many great sewing ideas. I've been wanting to try felting :) rebeccajpelletier@gmail.com

Amanda said...

I'm glad to know this works well with kiddos. My little girl inherited my crafty sewing gene and we are always looking for fun projects we can do together.

Patricia Gibbs said...

I have never tried felting. I would love to win this giveaway. I am following you on Facebook and Pinterest

Crickets Corner said...

Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. I follow on FB. edrin1932 at gmail.com

annemarie said...

I have been wanting to learn felting. I follow you on FB and by email. a(dot)haun(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Beautiful and I would love to win this book & all these amazing gifts!

galew417 at comcast dot net

Teronia Bayonne said...

Ha ha! I already follow on facebook and pinterest so this was like ZERO work. So nah! My email is hobbiesandevents at yahoo

Deb E. said...

I love bright yellow flowers so thanks for the lovely tutorial. Following you on Facebook as Deb Dianne. Email: dede12812 at hotmail dot com.

Domestic Diva said...

I so want to make one!

I follow via gfc -- may I still enter?

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Pat said...

Just started learning needle felting..blast, I follow u on Pinterest.

nicole said...

with my daughter in an irish krewe, i need to make a lot of fabric flowers to match her outfits for different occasions- this book could be just what I need!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mare said...

I would love to learn to make more kinds of flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

ReaderWoman said...
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ReaderWoman said...

I have been following you for a while on FB - great stuff!

I am in love with making flowers - made a ton of crocheted ones too! Would LOVE to win this book - thanks for the opportunity!

readerwoman (at) gmail (dot) com

DonnaP said...

Would love to learn how to "rove" - I follow you on FB.
stargatefan 54 at comcast dot net

shortseam said...

This would be a great book to have. Thank you for the giveaway.

Corinne said...

This looks like such a fun and interesting book. Love your flower. I follow you on Pinterest.
ceacd at comcast dot net

Cathy said...

I love your pictures and tutorials! I just started following you on Pinterest. c.a.ledbetter at gmail dot com.

Gina S. said...

I follow you on FB & Pintrest. love the flower!
bluewolf554 at gmail.com

UnikByYes said...

Fabulous flower, thank you for sharing and for the chance to win! New follower via Pinterest.
unikebyyes at yahoo dot com

Cheryl said...

Your flower is wonderful....and it looks like it is fun to make, too

Suze said...

I haven't tried felting yet. I'd sure like to do so. Thanks for participating in the hop. susan dot dietrich at cox dot net

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