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I just started needle/wet felting and the only thing I've made is a pumpkin. I was searching through this website and found this:<br><a href="http://www.mielkesfarm.com/flt_fbrs.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mielkesfarm.com/flt_fbrs.htm</a><br>
this:<br><a href="http://www.mielkesfarm.com/ladybug_dir.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mielkesfarm.com/ladybug_dir.htm</a><br>
and this:<br><a href="http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm</a><br><br>
What are some other things I can make, and how? I was thinking of making her fruits and veggies, but some people say they make bendy dolls... how do you do this? Are there any books out there that show different thing to make and how? I don't know how to knit or crochet.<br><br>
I just got a pound of natural wool and a bunch of different colors of plant dyed wool and I would like to attempt making something for Pi for her 1st birthday.
 

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I use pipe cleaners for armature, then scrap wool and wool yarn. Lots of wrapping. THen machine wash gently to felt some. Sometimes also flexible straws for joints.<br><br>
Next, pull back apart, straighten out, and do needle felting.<br><br>
I got the mielke's farm gnome kit, even though I am "crafty". it has lots of detailed instructions and the colors and wool types you need for faces and hair.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I have made somestrawberries and a fairy with needle felting. There are a few good books out there that help with needle felting that show how to make people and animals.<br>
Here are the strawberries I made;<br><a href="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50/sunanthem/kidsinspring06234.jpg" target="_blank">http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50...pring06234.jpg</a><br>
Here is the fairy;<br><a href="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50/sunanthem/kidsinspring06197.jpg" target="_blank">http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50...pring06197.jpg</a><br><br>
Have fun and be creative!
 

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I am dying to make my daughter some felt play foods, but I haven't found any advice or patterns even after extensive searching. I know there was an MDC thread that discussed felt food, but it never had any instructions on how to actually make it. I've also come across several websites that make and sell them for outrageous prices.<br><br>
Somebody with experience in this area, please speak up and help this desperate mama out.<br><br>
TIA,<br><br>
Melanie
 

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what kind of foods do you want to make?<br>
I just roll cylinders shapes, or ball shapes, then construct what I'm making, and cover it with the colors I want, and then jab the felting needle all over it to shape it.<br>
I'm not a pattern kind of crafter.. I just take it and run. I will search for some info for you gals.<br><br>
heres one for a bendy bear;<br>
<a href="http://purelyneysa.com/felting/instructions/Felting_Booklet.pdf#search='needle%20felting%20ins" target="_blank">http://purelyneysa.com/felting/instructions/Felting_Booklet.pdf#search='needle%20felting%20ins</a> tructions'<br>
here is a person's body;<br><a href="http://www.blacksheepdesigns.com/felting_instructions.htm" target="_blank">http://www.blacksheepdesigns.com/fel...structions.htm</a>
 

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heres one for a sock monkey:<br><a href="http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_needlework_other/article/0,1789,HGTV_3265_3150863,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_needlewo...150863,00.html</a><br><br>
i'm still looking or food instructions
 

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I still cant find food instructions, but i found this felting forum;<br><a href="http://feltingforum.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=f36fc62b47f35650c80a1b39d8954811" target="_blank">http://feltingforum.com/phpbb/viewfo...0a1b39d8954811</a>
 

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round off corners on a square of scrap wood and sand it smooth. needle felt around the block with multicolored layers. Us an angled motion until layers of felt get thick. Cut with a razor to "open" the box. Beautiful for jewelry, a fine gift, or other keepsake. Fasten a closure with a jewel or wooden button...I don't have a pic, but trust me this is a beatiful project!
 

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WoW! What a neat craft idea!!! Is it kid friendly?<br><br>
wet (traditional) felting is VERY child friendly. At least at 4-5 they can attempt a simple ball. A ball can take 20+ minutes so attention span may be an issue. Needle felting is usually not suggested till age 12. It just takes one jab of those needles to know why!<br><br>
I also make (and sell) felted food. I know prices out there may seem high, but each piece can take a long time depending on how 'finished' the final item is. I agree that it's best to work without a pattern and let your imagination run... have fun!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">round off corners on a square of scrap wood and sand it smooth. needle felt around the block with multicolored layers. Us an angled motion until layers of felt get thick. Cut with a razor to "open" the box. Beautiful for jewelry, a fine gift, or other keepsake. Fasten a closure with a jewel or wooden button...I don't have a pic, but trust me this is a beatiful project!</div>
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This sounds like a fun project! Thanks for posting it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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You're welcome! Some felters put these into a nylon after felting and putting them into a hot water wash for a really thick box, but I have not done this yet...maybe later this month when gift making...
 

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Another easy needle-felting craft is needle felted brooches/pins. Take a piece of wool and needle into desired shape, needle into the edges to form into rounded shapes, embellish with wool by laying any design on top of your base colour - then take a safety pin, lay some roving over the back of the pin while it lays on the back if your project and needle it firmly so it is attached (just don't needle the pin <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).<br><br>
The felt box is great, would be easy to wet felt too - I need to make some of those!
 

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join a needlefelting yahoo group for some wonderful ideas and patterns, look in your area for craft stores that give lessons or classes. Go on ebay and search needlefelting and get ideas.<br><br>
I took some classes and made a bear and my daughters 8 and then 10 made dogs. They suggested using how to draw books for making your animals. This shows it in a step by step method to break it down for you.<br><br>
Like you, I have had a hard time finding any directions or patterns online so this is how I have learned.<br><br>
Sheep:<br><br>
Use white or black roving, pull apart some, fold over so ends are in the middle, poke, poke, poke until firm.<br><br>
Do the legs the same way, pull out some black roving, pull apart some, roll and poke poke poke. Hint: pull out enough wool for all four legs at once so the will be the same size (4 little piles).<br><br>
The head is like a triangle, felt the head together then add to the body when its the right size. Add bead eyes and stitch a nose.<br><br>
Make a teeny bobbed tail and add on<br><br>
I made a sheep and some babies, very cute and easy!!
 

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Thanks for all the ideas! I can't wait to try the box. I've tried to do a project-a-night and so far I've made pumpkins, flowers, a face, ladybugs, 2 mice (one for dd and one for my cat filled with homegrown catnip), apple, and mushrooms. I didn't think about trying e-bay, though- that's a good idea!
 

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I like to make food too! and especially like to make gnomes, elves and animals. I found that once I started I rarely lacked ideas. Now I look at things in the world and wonder how I could needlefelt them! The other morning as I watched a flock of oregon junkos I realized I was noting all the colours on the birds and figuring out what wool I had to use. I like to use the fleece from my shetland sheep for animals. It comes in so many different shades of brown, grey, black, fawn. Isn't it FUN!
 
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