Maybe you’re looking to create something new and fresh with your embroidery, or possibly you love needle felting but want to up it’s visually interesting factor, or possibly you’re just looking for needle felting ideas – either way, this post is perfect for you!
So, a little back story, I’ve been hand embroidering for years now, likely more than 5 at this point, though I haven’t kept track specifically, but long enough that I’ve tried just about everything you can do with embroidery. And one of those fun things I’ve tried is incorporating needle felting ideas into my embroidery projects.
What is exactly is needle felting?
So needle felting is the act of pushing into felt, or linen fabric, a barbed needle specifically for needle felting, using wool roving or batting, to create a work of art. It really is that easy. It takes practice like anything but it came fairly intuitively to me and I think it could for you as well, especially if you’ve already been creating hand embroidery designs or are a creative person in general.
Needle Felting Ideas
Let’s take a look at what I did with my piece.
My inspiration was a flowering field with mountains off in the distance.
I cut a 5×7 piece of felt – make sure it’s the good quality craft felt and not the stiff felt, that won’t work with needle felting.
I grabbed a frame that would fit the final piece.
I gathered my supplies:
needle felting pad
needle felting needles
wool roving or batting in the colors of your choice
felt pieces to needle felt onto
a pen or heat erasable pen for drafting the design on the felt
Here are some quick and handy links to some needle felting supplies you might want to purchase.
Needle felting pad
Needle Felting Roving
Needle Felting Needles
This is a good option for felt though I typically buy my felt via Etsy.
With this piece I kept it inside the embroidery hoop and used tiny beads in the grass and messy embroidery French knots in the sky to represent clouds. I wish I’d have gotten better pictures of the final product after it was done but I forgot to before it went to its home.
As you can see the sky is the limit! Use your imagination and go wild with the two mediums of needle felting and hand embroidery.
Here are some books that might be of interest to you!
Working with needle felting really is quite a natural blend with hand embroidery. I think you could really do a lot of fun stuff when using your imagination!
And below are two more examples of what I’ve done using wool roving and embroidery floss.
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