Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Needle felting - Part one

I've been meaning to post for a while now. It's taken me this long to bother tackling adding photographs here. This is what happens when you've gotten used to one journalling platform, I suppose.

In the recent past I fell in love with needle felting. It was a fluke, really. A lark. But it grabbed me and hasn't let go.

At first I just made dryer balls. I had wanted to buy some through Etsy but couldn't justify the cost. As it is, I hardly ever remember to use the ones I've made. Mostly the Imp plays with them - or the cats do when they're left out unattended. Oops.

For Earth Day I took one of the dryer balls and added blue and green to it to make an Earth ball for the kids to play with. I also made a little green car with wooden wheels (and had plans to knit a road despite my lack of knitting skills).

Eventually I came across a neat video tutorial for a toadstool house. Being an avid mushroom lover, how could I resist? I can't recall how long it took me to completely make the house. With small children it's a wonder it was finished at all. I used roving that I'd dyed myself and a bit of yarn that had come as part of a swap from the amazing Suzanne.

Here are some photos of it. I've learned some things since making this and have thought about going back and touching it up some. The thing is, I've never seen (in person) nor held anything needle felted, so I've no idea if I'm doing things the "correct" way. In any case, I enjoy it. When I get the opportunity to work on these projects I find a bit of peace.


  1. oh i've been wanting to try this since i saw that tutorial! yours is adorable! ;)

  2. momma rae: Thanks! I had a lot of fun making it. I want to try making one that is wider and shorter, too. I sometimes dream of making a whole village of mushroom houses! (:

  3. Oh, the cute! I want to try a dryer ball sometime, too.

  4. Lauren: Thanks! I just posted the new house today. It's much less fancy, though.

    My toddler tends to want the dryer balls to play with (he loves balls, bugs, and blocks - something about "b" words *shrug*). And then he leaves them laying about and the cats play with them. By play here I mean eviscerate. The nice thing is that they're easy to fix. (:

  5. I'm sure the same would be true for us and our toddler & cat. :)

  6. Your felting projects are great! Going to check out the tutorial you linked to. I was playing with felting wool the other day but noting as creative as this :)