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Try it: Needle Felted Character Keyrings

Since doing the needle felting workshop in May I’ve really only made felted balls, so over the past few nights I decided to try a few more techniques – covering core roving with finer quality colour wool and joining bits on!!! I’m sure there are more fancy needle felting ways of describing the techniques but this will do for now.

So starting with the basic shape on an egg I added two tones of colour, ears and eyes to make little hatchlings – or fuzzy Tic Tacs if you will :)

needle felted keyrings by mollymoo

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needle felted keyrings by mollymoo, michelle McInerneyMy favourite is this citrus one, I improved as I went along!!

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So do you fancy having a go ?

Try it: Needle Felted Character Keyrings

First I tightly rolled some core roving into an egg shaped ball, and compacted the fibres with my felting pen, holding the ball in place with my felting awl (my poor fingers can’t take any more pricks and prods! so I keep them out of harms way as much as possible)

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When the ball was nice and compact I started felting on the first roving colour along the centre line, and kept felting until one side was covered consistently all around, the centre line was straight and the new layer was nicely compacted to the core ball.
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needle felting tutorial by mollymoo
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needle felting tutorial on mollymoo

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I repeated this for the other half.
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo-
Leaving the ball to one side I rolled and compacted two flat small circles for the ears
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo

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And using a single felting needed joined the ear to the ball by compacting the fibers together at the back of the ear until the seam was no longer visible, and repeated it on the other side
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo

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I repeated the process again for the eyes
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo

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And then with a really thin strand of black roving I looped it around each eye to create pupils.
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo

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Finally using the awl I made a small channel on the head where I could loop one end of the keyring clasp through, I closed the clasp tightly with a pliers and with the single needed compacted the fibers around where the clasp joined with the ball to create a solid tight fitting.
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo
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So there you have it – needle felting by a rookie, and loving it xx
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needle felting tutorial by MollyMoo
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So where did I get my supplies? – here are the basic needle felting bits and bobs to get you started
Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool
Individual Felting Needles
Needle Felting Awl
Dense Foam Needle Felting Pad
Fine wool roving – vivid colours
Natural Wool Roving, off white
Blank keyring chains

 

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