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What Can This Do? Woodland Creatures Carded Wool Range

Our woodland creatures range is made up of varying shades of browns to imitate animal tones. It is produced from Corriedale Fleece, approx. 29/30 Microns. It is perfect for needle felting animals.

Felting animals can be quite tricky, but we have put together a how to guide with easy instructions on how to make your very own woodland creature!

What you'll need:
  • Carded wool, available here from World of Wool.
  •  Felting needles, available here from World of Wool - We recommend 40 Gauge for all      purpose sculpting, 38 Gauge for fine details and finishing, and 36 Gauge forattaching parts.
  • Large Needle Felting Foam Pad, available here from World of Wool.
  • Optional supplies include paper sticks or wooden skewers, a strong sewing needle, and sharp embroidery scissors, depending on the animal you would like to make.

What to do:

1. To make a basic egg shape, start by preparing the wool batting. Make into small sheets of wool that are about the size of your hand.
2 Make a basic needle felted shape by stacking 4 sheets and rolling them into an oval shape while compressing as much air as you can out of the wool. The shape should resemble an egg.
3. Lay the shape on the felting pad and hold on firmly as you begin needle felting using the 40 gauge needle. Jab in and out of the wool with the needle until you feel the wool will hold its shape when you let go.
4. Continue to needle felt the shape until the loose fibres are all felted down.
5. With a basic shape completed, start building on it. The egg shape can form the body of an animal.
6. Using contrasting colours of wool, embellish this shape to add artistic details by needling into it.
7. To build a more complex character, smaller or larger egg shapes can be attached together, to form heads, bodies, to create an animal of your choice!

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