How do I create spots on my needle felted animals?
Here is a video tutorial demonstrating how to needle felt animal spots in 4 ways.
If you are a beginner you might just want to know how to add quick easy simple spots to start with to get a feel for your needles and wool.
Or you might be looking at how you can add more realistic felted fur on your spotted animal.
I also show you how a reverse felting needle can be useful to pull the wool fibres from your core base through your top layer of wool to form a spot.
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced learner, I hope you find these tips helpful on your needle felting journey. My aim is to teach you how to needle felt animals that are detailed and realistic.
Here are the time stamps to help you find the sections you may be looking for:
0:00 Intro to animal spots
1:47 Adding simple spots – this is great for beginners, a quick easy spot
5:35 Reverse felted spots – using a reverse felting needle to create spots
7:44 Long Layered spots – how to felt realistic fur on your spotted animal
15:31 Parallel planted spots – for fur that stands up (medium/short fur animals
So here is the video. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
What is your favourite spotted animal? There are so many to amazing animals out there to choose from but please let me know in the comments – I’d love to know.
NEEDLE FELTING TOOLS AND WOOLS:
****** Best NEEDLES I use for quality are from Heidifeathers. They all come colour coded so you’ll never forget which needle you are working with.
It’s well worth getting a set of 30 Mixed Felting Needles – Triangular, Star, Reverse and Twisted Needles – here
Or you can choose them by needle type:
Star 38G – here
Triangle 38G – here
Triangle 40G – here
Twisted 38G – here
Twisted 40G – here
Twisted Mix – 38 & 40 gauge Twisted needles – here
Reverse / Inverted Felting Needles – here
****** NEEDLE HOLDERS ******
Clover Multi Needle Tool which holds 1 to 3 needles and really helps to speed up your felting: here
Have your 5 favourite needles in holders- 5 x Long Wooden Needle Felting Handle – keep as they are or decorate them? here
****** SCISSORS ******
Beautifully designed rose gold embroidery scissors – handy small size, sharp for cutting strands of wool for long furred animals and for trimming stray fibres –here
****** WOOL ******
Heidifeathers provides a wonderful variety of quality wools.
CARDED Wools – quick and easy to felt with Carded wool batts bundle of 4 natural wool shades; white, grey, dark brown and mid brown here
Carded wool batts, Carded Jacob Wool batts In Natural Shades here
White Corriedale Wool Slither (300g) here
‘Creature Mix’ Carded Wool Slivers HF – 6 wonderful animal shades of needle felting carded wool slivers, here
Or buy individual colours Heidifeathers Single colour Slivers, Natural sheep or alpaca wool tops – choose from a variety of animal colors and bright colours too here
Merino TOPS selection: Heidifeathers Merino Wool Tops Toy Box Mix (animal colours – 12 – total 300g) – here
PERFECT COLOUR PACKS for when you want to add fur to a particular animal – Merino Wool Tops :
Pack of 6 ‘Beautiful Browns’ here – donkey, mouse, tawny owl, mole, hare.
Pack of 6 ‘Grand greys’ here badger, koala, grey squirrel
Pack of 6 ‘Outstanding Oranges and Yellows’ here fox, red squirrel, autumn leaves, bumble bee, yellow chicks, orangutan
Pack of 6 ‘Gleeful Greens’ – here leaves, lizards and frogs, parrots
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