Enter Needle Felted Toys!
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 Woolery.com – they have several great starter and theme kits!