Posted by: gourmetfelted | September 19, 2008

NEEDLE FELTING~ A TUTORIAL~FELTED PUMPKIN from roving~TIP OF THE WEEK

OK!! LET’S MAKE A PUMPKIN!  THIS IS MY FIRST TOO, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME!!  LOL!  I HAVE INCLUDED 24 PICTURES TO MAKE IT EASY TO FOLLOW. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS .

STEP ONE: GATHER EVERYTHING THAT YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR PUMPKIN.

I have a few shades of orange, tan, golden,green mohair curls, mossy green, and white for the core.

Of course, you can make this with just orange, but I wanted to snazz it up a little!

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STEP TWO:

MAKE A BALL. Think snow ball. I pinned it down with the felting needle to see if it was large enough. Felt it together stabbing it deeply with  a coarse needle #36  to make sure it is felted into the center. The ball will be about 1/4 of the size when felted. Keep adding layers and felting until you have the size that you want.

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I like the a pumpkin that is the Cinderrella shape. I felted in a line to make ridges that go around the pumpkin. I use coarse wool for the core and it saves on felting the whole thing out of the more expensive colored wool. The coarse wool felts faster and makes a firm base to felt into. Ok , now for the fun stuff!!! Let’s add the color!!

STEP THREE: Take strips of orange wool that will be your main pumpkin color and wrap it around over the ridge. You can do two at a time if they line up. Just go around the entire pumpkin.  If not, just cover one at a time.

Keep adding orange strips of wool and felt it along the edges of each strip to anchor it in the ridge indentation. They shoul all come to the center on each of the ends.

OK! Great job!! You just made a pumpkin!! Now lets SNAZZ it up and have some fun with it!!

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In this first picture I’ve added a little tan to the bottom center, to make the little mark that pumpkins have on the bottom.  I’ve gone to my work table instead of in the sunny room. Sorry, the lighting is different. Now I’ve added a wispy bit of green wool just to highlight the top of the pumpkin. This is where the stem will attach. Felt it in lightly.

STEP FOUR: MAKE A STEM. I put a little mossy green over the tan and rolled it up. Felt it all over until it makes is a firmly shaped stem. OUCH!!!   Watch your fingers!!

****Keep one end of the stem unfelted. This is how it will attach onto the pumpkin. You have to have some loose unfelted fibers hanging off to felt into what ever you are attaching something to. Felt the stem on to the top of the pumpkin in the center. Felt it all around the stem to stay on securely.

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STEP FIVE:ADD SHADING

Now I have the darker red orange color to put into the ribs to make a darker groove area to shade the sections of the pumpkin.

Buttons the little bunny has come by to see what all the excitement is about. He’s felted too!

Take a thin strip of the darker orange and attach it near the base of the stem and then felt it into the groove between the ridges.

Here is the pumpkin with the shading half done. This step really adds a lot of detailing. Keep adding the strips until all the grooves are shaded.

Here is the shading all done! See how much it adds to the pumpkin!

Just for fun, I added a green mohair curl to give the spiral affect that pumpkin vines do. I also added a little golden in a couple of patches where the wool was thin and the core was showing a little. There’s always a way to fix a problem with wool!!

STEP SIX: TAKE A BOW!!!  YOU DID IT! WASN’T THAT FUN! A FIRST FOR ME TOO!!

——–>LASTLY, AND MOST IMPORTANT…REMEMBER TO TRIM….TRIM….TRIM!!!<————-

BE SURE TO TRIM OFF ALL OF THE STRAY HAIRS! A HAIR STICKING OUT IN A REAL LIFE SCALE WOULD BE LIKE A 12 INCH LONG HAIR!!! LOL!!!  ALWAYS TRIM YOUR FELTIES WHEN YOU’RE DONE! YOU’LL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH BETTER THEY WILL LOOK!!

VIOLA!! THERE’S YOUR PUMPKIN! NOW THAT WASN’T TOO HARD RIGHT. YOU CAN MAKE IT PLAIN OR FANCY IT’S UP TO YOU!

Pumpkins come in different colors depending on the variety and the ripeness. There are even white pumpkins. Make any kind of pumpkin that you wish, and then enter the needle felted pumpkin contest! No faces please, let’s celebrate the natural beauty of pumpkins. HAPPY FELTING!!

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*****NEEDLE FELTING PUMPKIN KIT*****

People have asked me if I knew where they could get a needle felted pumpkin kit. I decided to make one with all the colors and fibers that I used in this tutorial. It will have the white core wool and two shades of orange, mossy green, golden, tan,  and even the fancy green mohair curls!! Also TWO felting needles. Please see my Etsy store for details. FREE SHIPPING!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5095756


Responses

  1. Thank you for the tutorial. That should get us on the road!

  2. GOOD, I HOPE SO!

  3. Great instructions. Thanks for posting this. Can’t wait to try it out.

  4. Hope that I see your entry in the needle felted pumpkin contest! HAPPY FELTING!

  5. Pumpkins! What a beautiful pumpkin tutorial, so easy to follow. I can’t wait to try!

  6. I’m so glad that you like my tutorial. Hope that you make one and enter my contest!


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