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Needle Felting Tutorials, Tips and Ideas

I really enjoy needle felting animal sculptures but the most rewarding thing for me is to share my techniques with others. Would you like to know how to needle felt detailed and realistic animals with confidence? stuck on how to start? or looking to better your skills?

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced I have created an ever increasing online catalogue of FREE needle felting tutorials and inspirational pages for you to learn from and enjoy! Many are videos but some are photo instructions if that is your preferred style of learning.

I’ve grouped them into categories and so all you need to do is click on the category picture links below to easily navigate to the pages you are looking for.

From learning the basics of what needle felting is through to felting techniques such as attaching body appendages or wire armature.

All about wool (and other fibres) and needle felting tools (needles, wires, felting pads and more)

If you are creating an animal and need to know how to make ears, head, feet and other body parts then this is a great section to show you.

Learn various fur techniques incl. short fur, long fur, fluffy fur, spots, curls/waves etc

From simple mouse eyes to sleeping eyes to more complex cat/dog eyes, here you can learn to make realistic eyes just from wool!

A selection of my needle felted animals and their processes. Some have detailed step by step instructions and some give an overview of the journey or parts of the process to inspire you.

Sheltie Feltie process, how to make curly spaniel dog ears, realistic dog eyes, the weirdness of a ‘bee’ dog, and more…

Full detailed tutorial series for how to make a realistic Tabby Birman cat (head shape, adding fur, making ears), realistic cat eyes etc. Also a tabby kitten in a frame for inspiration.

Nature related needle felting ideas, tips and tutorials you may enjoy!

For more in depth advanced tutorials showing you how to make a specific animal from start to finish I am creating a new PDF animal series here.  

Have fun!! and don’t forget to enter your email and press the ‘follow’ button on the right hand panel of this page too so you don’t miss out on when I add new tutorials or tips!

Need More Inspiration?

Visit the gallery page to see some of my favourite creations so far 🙂

ONE TO ONE SESSIONS

Are you stuck on how to continue with an animal you are felting? not sure where to begin? or maybe you need some direction on how to improve or correct a mistake?

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  1. Brilliant, thanks so much for sharing your tips and experience, it really helps.

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  2. What a great website!

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  3. The tiny toes is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing

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  4. You have some good tutorials. I would like info on tbe guinea pig and owl.

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  5. Thank you for the variety of tips. They are great! Could you please make a tutorial of how to make noses? Especially the little ones like for mice.

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  6. Love your tutorials! They are so helpfull.
    Needle felting is awesome. 🙂

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  7. Amazing, your so generous sharing your knowledge with us. Bless you. X

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  8. I like needle felting but I have a hard time knowing what size for eyes and nose, I had a chart that shows all the sizes of eyes, I would like one That shows all sizes of the noses, if you know what site to go to I would appreciate it thank you

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  9. Great vidios! I’ve learned so much and been inspired.

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  10. Hello, thank you for all the great tutorials….i have just started felting and boy, we get addicted quick to this stuff..lol. I have a question…I saw we can dye wool….instead of running out or waiting for a color. i want to learn how to dye carded wool. I did buy merino wool, but. I am having difficulty making it stick,little hard as it is such a finer wool. But, I know I will maternit one day….
    Again thank you…..kathryne

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  11. I think your tutorials very good indeed and wonder if you could do one on a hedgehog for me please?

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  12. I enjoyed your tutorials. I would love to seed a golden retrieve or goat done.
    Thank got so much for your time.

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  13. Debbie mcdougall

    Hi Amanda

    I have found your tutorials but, hi was wondering if I wanted to use real glass eyes do you know how I insert them?

    Cheers
    Debbie

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    • i haven’t used real glass myself as i felt mine from wool but i imagine you would leave an eye socket area for the eyes to go and then use a decent craft glue or use eyes that have a hole at the back for thread to go through(like with buttons) so you can sew them in place.

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  14. Thanks Amanda, for the black on black advice on eyes. I want to make a black short haired cat with a wire frame inside. Any tips greatly appreciated. Travy

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  15. Dear Amanda.Thank you for sharing your experience, I also love the dry felting .
    I would be happy to receive guests in my blog )http://igrushkiirishi.blogspot.ru/

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  16. I’m so excited and my grandson wants to have me make a Christmas box window for the house mouse.

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  18. He’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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    • Dear Amanda , thank you so very much for your tutorials and sharing your insights….. not only on felting but your insights on life. I too have become addicted to felting in a very short amount of time and really appreciate reading and learning all that I can on needle felting. Thank you for the time and efforts in sharing, you blessed me today, clear across the pond in the state of washington USA. God is good! keep on felting!

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      • Amanda Adebisi

        So lovely to hear from you. Its so nice to connect with others like yourself through this amazing art. Would be great to see what you have made too and to share ideas. God bless x

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      • Hi I’m struggling with dogs eyes on a black schnauzer and would love your advice

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      • Amanda Adebisi

        Hi Tracy, just been looking at pictures of this breed. Very cute! Are you copying a specific dog? You will want the eyes to show up being such a dark coloured dog. So you could use brown glass beads or if felting – from what I can see it would be good to do quite a plump rounded ball of wool for each eye as their eyes really stand out. I would use a ball of caramel brown, with darker brown blended in towards the middle. Then I would add a black centre as the pupil and a spot of white or cream onto the eye to make it look like the light is reflecting. (See my blog post on eyes to see what I did with other animals for the light reflecting spot) I would then outline the eye with a thin line of black and then around that a slightly thicker line of grey. Quite intricate but eyes are well worth it when finished. If you do each stage for both eyes at the same time it will be easier. These are just my thoughts but hope it helps. 🙂

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