Month: March 2017

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI’d been focusing on knitting when I get a chance to craft and I realized I was neglecting all the other crafting elements that I enjoy and help to encourage a Waldorf lifestyle in our home. Plus, I like to expose Sola to a variety of crafting materials. So I decided to do some needle felting. I’m working on a large needle felting project and thought I’d share a basic tutorial on how to needle felt a mushroom.

Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Felting surface
  • White wool roving
  • Red wool roving
  • Needle felting needles in #36, #38, and #40
  • Needle holder (optional – often I needlefelt with the needle not in a holder)

Directions:

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsTake a handful for white or cream wool roving (truly white wool has been highly processed to achieve it’s color, so I try to avoid that). The wool will felt down to about 1/2-ish the size of the amount of wool roving you start with. Separate the strands of roving and kind of criss-cross them in layers, so that they aren’t all facing the same way. Lay the wool on your felting surface. Now start stabbing the wool with your #36 needles. Be careful not to stab through your felting surface or you could either stab yourself or break a needle.

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDon’t Felt Your Project to Your Surface

As you stab, be sure to lift your roving off of your work surface, or you will felt it to your work surface. Also, you will want to roll it and rotate it so that it gets felted evenly on all sides.

LEAVE THE TOP 1/4″ OF THE STEM, UNFELTED. (This will be used to connect the stem to the mushroom cap)

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsShape Your Wool

Shape the wool as you go, by stabbing it in the direction you want it to go (I think of it as like working with modeling clay). You want to aim for a shape that looks something like this mushroom stem shape.

Once you have a rough shape, switch to your #38 needles and continue to shape and felt the stem. The stem should be fairly firm, but not rock hard. Then switch to a #40 needle to smooth the stem even more.

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsFelt the Mushroom Cap

Now, take two handfuls of red wool and start to shape the mushroom cap. Work it like you did the stem, starting with your #36 needle and progressing to your #38 needle, then to you #40 needle, being sure to lift your work off your felting surface.

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAdd Spots

If you want to add spots to your mushroom, take pinches of white wool and poke them into the mushroom cap, guiding and shaping them into spots.

How Needle Felt Mushroom | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAttach the Stem to the Cap

Once you have you cap the way you want it, take your stem and carefully attach it to the cap by the unfelted end. Be careful that you don’t felt the stem’s fibers so deep that they come out the other side of the mushroom cap.

There you have it! A needle felted mushroom! What are you going to do with yours? I am making an “felt terrarium”.

Save

Save

Save

22 Books for Easter | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’m not sure what our Easter is going to be like this year, since this is our first year in this home. Sola is old enough that she wants to do an egg hunt with friends, so we may go to a local hunt or try to have one with neighbors. She is almost too […]

Continue Reading

Children's Picture Books for Spring | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Spring starts next week! Where has the time gone this year? We’ve got a few more good reads for spring to add to our growing list of picture books for spring.

Continue Reading

France Geography Unit Plan and Printable | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

France Geography Unit As I mentioned in a past posts, we are using Little Passports (affiliate link) for our geography “spine”. The fourth kit that comes with the Little Passports subscription is for France. France is a really big country to cover in that there is so much that you can cover! I had a […]

Continue Reading