Saturday, 23 August 2014

Fuzzy Felted Fairies

I had the urge to try something new a few weeks ago as 
I had seen a tutorial on the internet on making needle felted fairies. I thought the looked pretty and  simple enough to do. 
So off we went to the craft shop to buy the  wool roving and needles, not a huge amount  just a few bits to see if I was capable of producing something worth having and to see if I enjoyed doing it.
It would also be the perfect thing to do in our caravan in the evenings or on wet days. 
We have to take something to do as we do not have a tv or internet while away in caravan.
 Hubby likes to do  his sudoku puzzles  and we both love scrabble.
This activity  does not require much in the way of tools and materials just needles, pipe cleaners, foam pad and roving, so it doesn't take up too much space in the caravan, unlike the Bigshot.

  As you can see,  I have enjoy this pastime.                      I have made quite a few of these over the last week or so.   I have to say, I didn't follow the tutorial complete exactly and I really wasn't too keen on the wool roving wings on the original tutorial.                                                                                                                            I tried several different options for the wings , skeletonized leaves, vellum, Embossed vellum, card and I finally decided I like the mulberry paper best.

I also played around with  the shapes and sizes of the wings.   Settling  on  these butterfly wings.               They were cut using the  Large Butterflies  die from Stampin' up. (now retired)                                                 I think they work quite well.     

The tutorial didn't give instructions for making miniature flowers.  It was a case of playing around with the needle and  just a few strands of roving and hoping for the best.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Warning: before embarking on this  pastime,   I have to say,  I have found  this hobby to be  very addictive,  a lot  like Pringles, once you start you just can't stop.                                                                                                 So much so that my sleep pattern has been wrecked.   I am finding myself picking up the needle and roving in the evening and not putting it down until I have finished the project. Which has been around 4 am  lately. I really must start going to bed at a reasonable time from now on. 

Of course Fairies are not the only thing you make, I  have just finished doing a witch holding a pumpkin.

 Unfortunately she  is proving to be a nightmare to photograph. Which is a shame as I really wanted to show that you can also sculpt the faces. 
My witches face is really scary. 

My goal with this hobby  is to get good enough to be able to needle felt realistic looking animals. 
So I'll keep practising  with these simple things until I feel confident enough to attempt an animal.

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