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Needle Felted Eyes Tutorial 2: How to make Realistic Needle Felted Cat Eyes

Would you like to know how to needle felt cat eyes that are detailed and realistic? Β πŸ‘πŸ‘Β 

This is the second in the series of my Needle Felted Eyes Tutorials following on from tutorial 1 on dog eyes.

It has everything you’ll need for planning and creating wool eyes for a cat.

I’ll first teach you the theory – eye size and position, eye anatomy, eye colours, eye shape and pupil dilation, before then demonstrating how to needle felt eyes on my latest Tabby Birman cat pictured here.

If you have never tried to needle felt cat eyes before or weren’t too happy when you did try then I encourage you to have a go, follow the steps in this tutorial, experiment and see what you think.Β πŸ™‚.Β 

If you already needle felted eyes before then I hope there is something in my video that will inspire you further.

Oh and beware of cute kitty footage along the way πŸ™‚

Thanks for watching πŸ™‚

What kind of cat eyes do you think you’ll have a stab at?

If you would like to know how I needle felted the cat head, made the ears, added the fur etc then these videos are in the making and will be released in the upcoming weeks πŸ™‚

Needle Felted Eyes Tutorial 1: How to make Realistic Needle Felted Dog Eyes

Would you like to know how to needle felt dog eyes?  πŸ‘πŸ‘ 

Maybe you aren’t sure where to start or having trouble getting the eyes to look realistic? or maybe you’ve always used glass or plastic eyes but would like to try wool?

I’ve created a video to show you how I make them. It has everything you’ll need for planning and creating wool dog eyes that are detailed and realistic. This is the first in the series of my Needle Felted Eyes Tutorials (see here for tutorial 1 on cat eyes).

I first go over the theory – eye size and position, eye anatomy, eye colours, mood and expression, before then demonstrating how I needle felted the eyes on my recent springer spaniel.

People often remark and ask how I make the eyes. For me the eyes are my favourite part – I love a challenge and often spend a long time on eyes to get them right. It is so worth that feeling of satisfaction.

When I have created the eyes I feel that is the moment my animal is complete and when they look back at you they have almost become alive.

The eyes are like the windows to the soul and give character to your animal.

I’ve never tried glass or other materials. They look great too and that may be your preference. I like to aim for realism as much as possible whilst still using wool. In more practical terms I do love that you can get the exact size, shape, colours and expression that you want for that particular animal.

I encourage you to have a go, follow the steps in this tutorial, experiment and see what you think. πŸ™‚

Thanks for watching πŸ™‚

For what breed of dog are you going to try to needle felt the eyes?

Needle Felted Eyes: Needle Felting Sleeping (or closed) Animal Eyes Tutorial

Would you like to know how to make needle felted eyes that are closed or sleeping?

I am making another baby tiger quoll at the moment and when it came to felting the eyes I thought I’d take the opportunity to film the process so I could show you.

In this video tutorial I teach you the stages of sculpting the eyelids, adding a dark eye line and attaching fur around the eye, plus other tips such as which needle to use for detail including the star, twisted and reverse felting needles.

My last quoll ‘Freckle’ pictured here went all the way to Australia where these fascinating marsupials are from.

My new one is going to California once finished!

You may also remember ‘Hazel’ the hazel dormouse I made too? Again she had those sweet sleeping eyes.

Needle felting eyes that are closed or sleeping are quite simple to make. It is more or less needle felting a line but there’s a little more to it to as well to make them look as realistic as possible.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced learner I hope this video inspires you to get out your needles and wool and felt your own sleeping animal. πŸ™‚

So, here is the video…..

What sleeping animal are you going to make?

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NEEDLE FELTING TOOLS :

*** Best NEEDLES I use are from Heidifeathers. All their needles are of brilliant quality and are colour coded.

It’s well worth getting a set of 30 Mixed Felting Needles – 10 Different types – 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

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