Needle-felt a cute Easter lamb
What could be more appropriate than turning wool fleece into a sweet Easter lamb? Welcome to needle felting.
TAKES: 5 hours
you Will need
The finished size of our tiny lamb is around 10 x 7.5cm, but felting is not precise – just keep adding wool to make your lamb the size and shape that suits. Four felting needles multi-needle handle
15g white merino wool top
Dense foam approximately 4cm thick and at least
10 x 15cm to work on embroidery scissors 5g each dusty pink, turquoise, bright yellow, candy pink, orange and cerise merino wool tops Long sewing needle
Black stranded cotton embroidery thread
Stockists: White merino wool top, 100g for £4.20, mixed merino wool tops, 25g for £2.95, basic needle felting kit consisting of four needles, multi-needle handle and foam, £7.15, all Gilliangladrag (01306 898 144; gilliangladrag.co.uk) 1 Fix four needles into a multi-needle handle. Pull off a good handful of white wool for the body and shape it lightly with your fingers into an oval shape. Place the oval on the foam and lightly support the shape with one hand. Gently stab the oval repeatedly to mesh the fibres together, turning the body regularly as you work.
You should end up with a dense oval about 6 x 3cm. Add wisps of wool to the oval if necessary to achieve the shape, stabbing them to mesh them to the body. 2 Pull off four tufts of white wool and bend into 3cm lengths for the four legs. Resting them on the foam, stab at the legs to mesh the fibres together. Add more wisps of wool as necessary to make the legs about 9mm thick, letting unworked fibres extend at the top of each leg to attach to the body. trim the foot of each leg level with a pair of embroidery scissors.
3 open out the unworked fibres on the legs. hold a pair of legs upright on the underside of the body and stab the top of the legs and the unworked fibres to the body. Repeat to attach the other pair of legs. 4 Pull off a small handful of white wool for the head and shape it with your fingers into a pear shape. Place the pear on the foam, supporting it with one hand as before. stab the wool to form the head, leaving the fibres at the back of the head unworked to attach to the body later. the head should be about 3.5cm long and 2.5cm at its widest. Add wisps of wool as necessary to achieve the shape.
5 Pull off two tufts of white wool and fold them in half to make 2cm for the two ears. stab the folded end, adding wisps of white wool to thicken the shape – the extending unworked fibres will attach the ears to the head. Roll two wisps of dusty pink wool into balls about 6mm wide. mould the balls to ovals for the inner ears. With one needle in the handle, stab the inner ears to the ears (see photo, below left). 6 open out the unworked fibres on the ears. hold one ear at the side of the head with the inner ear facing forward. use one needle in the handle to stab the base of the ear, then the unworked fibres, to the head. Repeat to attach the opposite ear.
7 open out the unworked fibres on the head. thread a sewing needle with two strands of black embroidery thread. knot the ends and insert the needle through the base and out at the front of the head, just above and 3mm to the left of the centre. stitch a Y-shape 6mm wide for the nose, with a horizontal stitch at the base for the mouth, and secure the thread well at the base of the head. thread the needle with four strands of embroidery thread and, starting and finishing at the base, make a French knot each side of the head for the eyes.
8 hold the head against the body and use four needles in the handle to stab the base of the head and the unworked fibres to the body. make and attach a tail – as for a leg but smaller.
9 Pull off two tufts each of turquoise, bright yellow, candy pink, orange and cerise wool. Lay the individual tufts in a line on the foam. With four needles in the handle, stab along the centre of the tufts to bring them together. Fold the ends of the wool over the centre and stab to mesh the layers. carefully lift the scarf, turn it over, and stab again. keep folding the ends of the wool over the centre, stabbing them and turning the scarf over until it is about 14cm long and 1cm wide. Gently tie the scarf around the lamb’s neck.
Craft & Home Editor Esme