Supplies needed are:
- magazine (to protect your table top)
- thick sponge
- craft stick
- needle felting needle (I ordered mine years ago from Deb Potter @Merciful Hearts Farm)
- wool fiber dyed to color of choice (in this case Kool-aid orange for our pumpkins)
- ordinary green felt cut @1 3/4" x 1 1/2" for our pumpkin stems
Decide how big you want your pumpkin to be and pull out that much fiber rolling it into the rough shape of a ball. It won't stay in that shape, but that's okay.
Place your magazine on your table top, then your sponge and then on top of your sponge your wad of wool that will eventually be your pumpkin. The sponge makes a flexible working area and the magazine protects your table from any errant needle jabs.
Move your felting needle in and out of the wool fibers randomly using an up and down motion. Do not felt in one spot, as it will create a 'line'.
The needle only goes into the wool the depth of where the burrs are on the needle. Check the photos above for reference - but @ 3/4" from the bottom of the needle. The craft stick can be used to hold the fiber in place as you felt with your other hand. After I got the hang of it, I was able to put my craft stick away and use my fingers - always conscious of where my felting needle was going.
Felt to the density you want . The more felting, the denser the object will be.
Place the stem at the top of your pumpkin shape, and felt it into the pumpkin by moving your needle in and out of the bottom of the stem and into/through the top of your pumpkin all 'round the bottom of the stem. This will attach the stem to the pumpkin. Keep felting this way until it has the 'look' you want.
Needle felt in a straight, perpendicular line over and over your 'line' and it will create an imprint like a pumpkins. I did 6 of these lines. Again, the more felting done, the denser the project will be.
here to read. She has supplies for sale and is a very talented fiber arts artist. She is also a very nice person. This project was adapted from one of her fiber arts lessons from years ago. The wool I used was given to me as an entire sheep's fleece from a friend of mine that I cleaned and hand-dyed using orange Kool-aid.
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