This is actually starting to become fun. But I have to warn you like always, that needle felting can be a painful craft when you first start out. My best advice to give to a beginner is that you don’t need to kill your wool (Don’t stab, just poke very gently). Okay, now onto my little snowmen.
Needle felting needle
Wool-cream or white
Wool- assorted colors
Old scarfs or sweaters to make tiny scarfs and hats with for your snowmen.
Twigs for arms
Tiny glass eyes (you can use pony beads for eyes also)
Wooden base, use pieces of old logs.
Bottle top trees (optional)
Okay, first you will need to form a ball from your wool. Balls are pretty easy to form. Just grab some wool and start poking it slowly until a round shape forms. Keep gently poking the shape until it is smooth.
You will need three balls. Each shape smaller than the bottom base, you know…a snowman. You can needle felt the pieces onto each other but to make things quicker I glued the pieces on top of one another using a small dab of tacky glue. Only dab a little glue to hold in place, this is my cheating method because when I wrote this post up Oct. 1st I was pressed for time. You can break your needles if you poke them into glue. It is better to needle felt the balls together by added extra wool around balls then poking that onto second piece to lock in place.
Poke holes in sides of snowman to add twigs for arms.
You can glue in place or needle felt wool around twigs, slowly poking wool around twigs to lock into place. Needle felting isn’t about gluing so I was taking short cuts on this day. If you get glue on your needles you will ruin them and that is why you don’t use glue, also you really don’t need it. The wool felt and needle felting it in, locks everything into place.
Poke holes to add eyes. Then press in eyes. I added a toothpick sized dab of glue to make sure eyes stayed in place.
To make a carrot nose, take a very tiny bit of orange wool and needle felt into a triangle shape. Just poke your orange wool into a shape like you would the round shapes but now you will be making a tiny triangle.
Once finish, poke orange nose into snowman’s face.
To make a tiny hat, just take a triangle shape and sew up one side then turn right side out. Cut scraps of fabric from an old scarf or sweater to tie around your snowmen. Use old sweaters to make hats and scarfs with.
I still need some work in the mouth department. First I tried needle felting tiny bits of wool felt for a mouth but didn’t like that so I added little itty bitty beads instead to my second snowman. The great thing about needle felting is that you can pull apart your mistakes if you have to, that is if you haven’t cheated and used any glue. The moral of this lessons is to stay away from the glue.
Add tiny details to your snowmen like miniature buttons, scarfs and hats.
Needle felt the scarfs in place to lock in.
Needle felted items can be so adorable and there are some amazing felt artists out there.I can only hope someday I can create the more realistic pieces but even if I never get to that level I am still enjoying my new hobby. Hope you get a chance to try this fun hobby, just be careful with those fingers of yours. Happy crafting.