Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

 

A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year.

Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.

 

Materials :

 

  • * wool roving in rich fall colors (found on Etsy.com)
  • * a foam wreath form (found at craft stores)
  • * a needle felting needle (found on Etsy.com)
  • * soap detergent and warm water
  • * green felt (for a leaf)
  • * sewing need and green thread
  • * real acorn cap (picked up in nature or found on Etsy.com)
  • * glue

 

Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Method :

 

Arrange your felt roving in long strips in the order you’d like them to appear on your wreath.

 

Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Wrap each strip around the foam form, making sure the colors overlap a little on each side. It’s important to attach (through the process of felting) the color strips into each other so that they remain in their place when you come to wet felt the wreath later.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Using your needle felting needle, gently poke the wool all around. Poking the needle into the foam is fine.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pay particular attention to the ends where the colors overlap and needle felt the overlapping wool firmly into the underlying wool.

 

Felted Autumn Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When the entire wreath is covered with wool roving, take it to the sink to begin the wet felting process. Start with a small section. Wet the wool SLIGHTLY with warm water… you don’t want to use too much water at this early stage as the wool will loosen and come off the wreath.

Put a dime-sized amount of dish-washing soap onto the wool and begin to massage it gently. Pat it, rub it, kneed it… gently at first and then more vigorously as you feel the wool tighten around the wreath form. Add more water. Add more detergent. Your intuition will tell you when to wet the wool more and when to add more detergent. Slowly, slowly… we can’t rush.

Continue this wet felting method all around the wreath.

Once you feel that the wool has tightened around the wreath sufficiently, you can start felting it more vigorously. I find that using a ‘Chinese bangle’ (as my daughter, Kitty, calls it) works really well.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When you feel that the wool has felted firmly around the wreath, rinse it thoroughly, making sure to get all of the soap suds out of the felted wool.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Set it in the sun to dry completely.

Now let’s make the adornments.

Cut out the shape of an autumn leaf on a piece of paper.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pin it to the green felt and cut around the edges to make your leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Thread the sewing needle with green thread and finish the felt leaf off nicely by sewing a pretty border about a quarter of an inch inside the outside edge of the leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

For the felted acorns, make  small felt balls in fun acorn colors. If you need a tutorial to make felted balls, follow this tutorial that shows you how to make small eggs… making the tops of the acorns is exactly the same.

With a little glue, stick the felt balls in to the acorn caps.

If you prefer, you can skip this stage and purchase the acorns (or the felted balls)  in the colors you desire in The Magic Onions Shop.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With your needle and thread, sew the leaf and acorns in place on your dry wool wreath.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Voila! The prettiest felted fall wreath for you door.

There seriously is something magical about the felling and texture of wool felt… it glows with such a natural spirit and fills your room with a rich, organic, essence.

 

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

If you are in love with needle felting, as I am, I have many DIY needle felting kits available in The Magic Onions Shop… try your hand at making felted hearts or pumpkins or a myriad of other creations.

Happy fall crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Needle Felting Tutorial : Valentine’s Day Gnome : DIY

First off : Good news! The Tooth Fairy came in the night to collect Kitty’s molar. Phew… 5 nights late but better late than never, don’t you think?

Now for the Needle Felted Gnome tutorial I promised you… isn’t she just the cutest?

 

Needle Felting Tutorail : Valentine Gnome : www.theMagicOnions.com

I’ve tried something a little different with this tutorial. As there are so many photos, I thought a photo collage would work best. I’ve broken it down into 3 parts : The Body, The Head and The Hair and Heart.

27 hours later…

The numbers in the collages correspond with the numbers of the instructions.

Needle Felted Valentine Gnome Tutorial :

To make this gnome, we’ll be using 2 shades of pink wool, red wool and white wool. Our tools are a needle felting needle and a foam board. I also picked a little Tea Tree flower for her hair (Tea Tree is in bloom in Southern California!)

1. The Body

We’ll be using the brighter of the two pink shades of wool.

1.) Break off a piece of fluffy pink wool about the size of your hand.

2.) Place it on the table and press it flat with the palm of your hand. Now roll it into a long sausage.

3.) Turn the sausage 90 degrees and, starting with the short end of the sausage, roll it into a tight spiral.

TIP : Rolling the wool like this first will make your needle felting nice and firm and cut down on the time it takes to needle felt it into the shape you want. This rolling process can be used for most projects.

4.) This photo shows you that my wool in rolled into a nice tight spiral.

5.) Place your spiral of wool on the foam board and needle felt all around the outside. This will ensure that your wool body keeps it’s shape.

6.) Choose the fattest end of the spiral and needle felt it flat. This will be the base of your gnome’s body.

7.) Turn the body the right way up and needle felt the neck part of your gnome’s body, rounding it nicely.

Voila! … your body is ready. Set it aside.

The Body : Needle Felted Valentine Gnome Tutorial :  www.theMagicOnions.com

2. The Head

We will be using the white and red wool.

Let’s start by making a needle felted ball for the gnome’s head.

1.) Break off a piece of white wool about the length and half the width of your hand.

2.) Roll the wool between the palms of your hands as if you were rolling a piece of playdough into a snake. This firms up the wool and makes felting it easier.

3.) Roll the wool snake into a spiral.

4.) Set the spiral on the foam board and needle felt it along the outside. Fluff out the ends of the spiral and needle felt them together to cover the shape of the spiral. Keep needle felting the ball evenly until it becomes perfectly firm and round. This is your gnome’s head. If you need to see step by step photos of this process, visit this tutorial where I make little needle felted eggs.

5.) Now for the Gnomes hat. Break off a piece of wool about the length and half the thickness of your hand.

6.) Roll it in between the palms of your hands as you would roll a piece of palydough into a snake. This firms up the wool and makes it easier to work with. Roll the wool snake into a tight cone, making sure one end of the cone is thinner than the other end.

7.) Place the hat on the foam board and needle felt all around the outside… making sure to keep the cone shape ~ one end pointed and the other end flat. Work on getting a nice indent in the flat end of the cone as this is where your gnomes head will fit.

8.) Fit the gnome’s head into this indent and connect the two by needle felting the red hat wool into the head wool in a downward motion. Connect the red hat wool all around the covered half of the head.

9.) When the hat is well connected to the head, you’ll need to neaten up the shape of the hat by needle felting it where it has become bumpy.

10.) Now let’s connect the head to the gnome’s body. Place the head in place and  needle felt the head-wool gently into the pink body-wool… all round the head.

11.) To fasten the head in place, needle felt the body-wool into the head-wool about a quarter of an inch below the head… all around the gnome’s body. You’ll need to neaten up the gnome’s body a little when you are done by needle felting it where it has become bumpy.

Voila! You have a gnome!

The Head : Needle Felted Valentine Gnome Tutorial :  www.theMagicOnions.com

3. The Hair and Heart

Of course, you want to pretty your Valentine gnome up a little. She definitely needs hair and a heart.

We will use red wool for the heart, some white wool for her hands and the lighter shade of pink wool for her hair.

1.) Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these sweet little needle felted hearts.

2.) When you have made a heart, place it on your gnome and connect it to your her by needle felting it where the red heart-wool connect to the pink body-wool.

3.) Now for hands that hold the heart. Break off a thin piece of white wool about the length of your needle.

4. ) Roll it in the palms of your hands as if you were rolling a piece of playdough into a snake. This makes the wool easier to work with. Roll the wool snake into a tight spiral.

5.) Place this little spiral of white wool in place on your gnome… one end on the gnome’s body, the other on the heart.

6.) Tuck the ends of the wool spiral into the crevice made by the body and heart and needle felt the ends into both the heart and the body until you have neat little gnome-hands holding the heart. Repeat for the other hand.

7.) She want’s pretty pink hair. Break your light pink wool into little tufts and roll the ends of the tufts into dreadlocks.

8.) Place the fluffy end of the pink tufts against the head and under the hat. Needle felt it into the head, along the hat line. Needle felt it along the length of the hair, into your gnome’s body.

9.) Keep adding layers all around her head until she has the perfect pink head of hair.

Voila!! Your valentine gnome is ready for LOVE!

The Head : Needle Felted Valentine Gnome Tutorial :  www.theMagicOnions.com

Oh please, if you make one for yourself… please, please, please take a photo to show me… I’d LOVE to see how she turns out.

But here’s the best part… now that you can make a Valentine Gnome, you can make any kind of gnome! Had you thought of that? Want a boy? Make one with a red hat, a green body and short brown hair… he can be holding an acorn, a stick or a tiny pine cone. You can make a baby gnome, a grandmother gnome, a smaller gnome… a BIGGER gnome!! You can become a gnome lady just like me.

NOTE :

a.) For those of you who are now in love with needle felting and want to try other projects too, I have an assortment of needle felting kits in my shop here – Needle Felting Kits.

b.) For those of you who want other free needle felting tutorials, please visit my Needle Felting Page.

Happy crafting

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments : 7 Tutorials

I love working with wool felt… especially for Christmas crafting. It’s warm and cozy and makes the most delightful Christmas ornaments.

Here is a collection of my favorite felted ornament tutorials :

7 Needle Feltd Christmas Ornament Tutorials : www.theMagicOnions.com

1. Needle Felted Heart Tutorial.

2. Felt Ball Christmas Tree.

3. Felt Pine Cone Ornament.

4. Colorful Felt Christmas Tree.

5. Cashmere and Herb Heart Tutorial.

6. Felt Wreath Ornament.

7. Needle Felted Gingerbread Man.

If you are eager to give one of these tutorials a try but don’t have the materials on hand, I have many of them available as a DIY kit in The Magic Onions Shop.

Happy Christmas crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Needle Felting Tutorial :: Felted Hearts

Who want’s to make their loved ones needle felted hearts for Valentine’s Day?

If you have never needle felted before, this tutorial is perfect for you. We use a cookie cutter to help shape the hearts and protect our fingers from the sharp needle. Seriously, its’ fun and easy and quick and the little hearts you end up with will melt hearts!

Here is a link to our tutorial :

Tutorial : Needle Felted Hearts for Valentine’s Day

And, for those of you who want to give these hearts a try but don’t know where to get the supplies, I’ve put together a kit that contains everything you’ll need to make 3 beautiful hearts… the red, pink and white wool, the heart-shaped cookie cutter, two needle felting needles, a protective foam board and step-by-step directions. The kit is available in my shop Fairyfolk.

Click here to purchase a Needle Felted Heart Kit.

Happy felting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni