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Enter Needle Felted Toys!

Good day!

I was pretty excited to get Toy Making as my first project – seeing as I already had a very good idea of what type of toy project I’d want to do. I’ve been eying this crafty stuff called needle felting for a few months now. My very favorite needle felter is the lovely Gretel Parker of RedFlannelElephant. Her felt toys are full of personality and so very well made! Of all the research I’ve done about needle felting – in my opinion she is the queen bee of quality cute felties.

I was also intrigued that she began primarily as a children’s illustrator. She received a needle felting kit from a fan one day and was soon creating needle felted versions of her illustrated characters. It has now become a lucrative part of her creative business. I’ve been filling pages with my own fun little characters since I was a girl, so the thought of making them 3-dimensional is just too cool! (And of course, the dream of ever having others want to buy them, well that would be just gravy!)

I’ve found a few tutorials on needle felting today too, and am relieved to see that it’s really a pretty simple process – although time consuming. Basically, roll up wool and stab it like hundreds of times. I’ve added a great timelapse video at the end of this post that shows the process, if you happen to be curious (it also has some super groovy music to keep things exciting).

On a final note, I have ordered a needle felting kit to get started!
For those who might want to try it out, I found the best deals for the price to be on – they have several great starter and theme kits!


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  1. PG #

    Golly, thank you! I am not sure about being a queen bee, but it’s very kind! I still AM a children’s illustrator as it happens, and in spring I have two picture books coming out which mix my needle felt characters with my 2D illustrations, ‘Mrs Mouse’s Cupcakes’ and ‘Peggy’s Lost Pennies’, published by Templar UK. You are spot on when you say it is time consuming but simple; I spend a minimum of twenty hours on one of my toys and often it is much longer. But very enjoyable – enjoy the start of your adventure with needle felt – and thank you again for the mention! :)

    Friday, January 21, 2011
    • Thank you for the comments Gretel! Sorry if I misinformed on your illustrations, should have been more clear! I am excited to see the new books! Also wanted to say that I follow your Middle of Nowhere blog. I love your posts, whether they are creative or just the everday things of life. You live in such a different sort of place from the big city I am in – it is so refreshing!

      Thanks again! =)

      Friday, January 21, 2011
  2. PG #

    Just me again! No apology needed, I’ve had to be quiet about my illustration work for two years while I was working on it, so it must seem as if I’ve given it up. Also, thank you for the new post with Ola Smith in it, I’ve never seen her work before and it’s great!

    Saturday, January 22, 2011
    • You are most welcome! Her stuff is definitely very cute! I’m so glad someone is getting something out of my posts – thank you for sharing that! =)

      I am working on my first little critter tonight… a tiny white whale. He’s definitely not come out nearly as awesome as I envisioned in my head – haha – but for a first try, not bad! I am loving the process though.. and surprised at how sturdy the wool is once formed.

      Stay tuned, I’ll post up a pic next week once i get his little eyes sewn in! =D


      Sunday, January 23, 2011

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