How to make… Needle­felted kit­teNs

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Ma­te­ri­als

Two or three felt­ing nee­dles, size 40, spi­ral or tri­an­gu­lar Nee­dle holder Felt­ing sponge or brush

For each kit­ten

20g of merino rov­ing for the main body colour Small amounts of ex­tra rov­ing for mark­ings and patches Pink merino rov­ing for in­ner ears and nose tip Two 3mm ( /8") black

1 glass beads, for the eyes Em­broi­dery thread in colours to match your kit­ten Small amount of rov­ing for the neck rib­bon, in the colour of your choice Oh, dar­ling – we're sim­ply de­lighted to be at­tend­ing the high­est-class high tea around. These cul­tured kit­ties in­sist on sip­ping from the dain­ti­est china, nib­bling on the finest mac­arons and, of course, only eat­ing cu­cum­ber sand­wiches with the crusts re­moved. Splen­did!

There’s no need to be in­tim­i­dated if you’ve never tried needle­felt­ing be­fore – all that’s in­volved here is some ba­sic shap­ing for head and body and a bit of de­tail­ing, mak­ing them eas­ier for beginners than they look. Try mak­ing a mini ver­sion of your own pet moggy, or recre­ate your favourite breed. You can eas­ily adapt the in­struc­tions to cre­ate a tabby or block coloured cat, and you can add stripes and solid mark­ings, too.

Ba­sic body

Take two equal lengths of main body rov­ing, mea­sur­ing 18 x 4cm (7½ x 15/ 8"). Tease one out to make a flat strip, then mud­dle the other length into a loose ball.

Fold the strip over the ball and gen­tly pull the sides around

to en­close it, mak­ing a small pouch.

Hold the wool up­right on the mat, fat end down, and use a nee­dle to shape the body. Turn your work as you go to en­sure an even, round form.

Once the body is formed, turn it upside down and work a flat base. Hold the wool in a cir­cu­lar po­si­tion as you nee­dle it.

Head and ex­tras

Take two equal lengths of rov­ing mea­sur­ing 15 x 4cm (6 x 15/ 8"). As be­fore, tease one into a flat strip and fluff the other one up to make a fill­ing ball. This time, roll the ball into the strip, mak­ing a lit­tle cylin­der bun­dle.

Work with two nee­dles to form a fat cres­cent. The two cor­ner ends will be­come the pointy ears.

Once the head is shaped but still soft in tex­ture, join it to the body. Pull apart the loose wool at the top of the body and place the head in­side.

Join the two parts by draw­ing the fi­bres up and around the head, en­clos­ing it, so the two parts form the whole kit­ten.

Once the two parts are se­curely joined, make a tail from a small pinch of wool. Fold it over and shape it on your mat be­fore join­ing it to the body. Use your fin­gers to pinch the wool to­gether and work with one nee­dle to get a more slen­der tip.

Take two equal pinches of wool and shape them into balls for the feet. Nee­dle them to the body while they are still soft, then fin­ish shap­ing. Fi­nally, nee­dle a small amount of wool di­rectly onto the face to shape the front nose area.

Take small lengths of wool, teas­ing them out so you can

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