A short video (only 12 minutes) to help you improve your needle felting techniques.
When needle felting a head (animals or people) it is important to make sure you have a really firm shape. If you have a soft head then when you start to add the features you will distort or flatten the wool.
It is one of the most common mistakes (apart from floppy legs) but very easy to get right. As with all things, practice makes perfect, but needle felting does allow for mistakes because you can just add another layer. Just remember the golden rule: Start smaller and build your shape up and you can add but not take away. If you start too big and have to keep adding you will end up with a head the size of a football and then have to make a body to match! We are now talking life size sheep or giant hares that will just scare everyone, especially the dog or cat…
My best advice: Be patient. Don’t try to run before you can walk. Get the basics right and the rest will follow. Yes, I know your bestie, family member or work colleague wants a sculpture of their dog making after seeing a flower brooch you made? However, anything worth doing takes time. If it didn’t we would all be taking David Bailey quality photographs after an hours tutorial, or be able to put in a whole plumbing system after fixing a leaky tap… Most definitely, very soon we would all be very bored of hearing about each others achievements and stop making the effort.
14 thoughts on “How to needle felt a firm head shape – Video tutorial”
I hear your clock in the background and I love it. Thank you for the lovely tutorial. You are an excellent teacher.
Thanks so much Sonia. It’s oddly soothing and reminds me of my dad 💞
Thanks so much Sonia 💕
Was very helpful since i had no idea at all what ppl did when they felted lol so thanks so much, i’ll Be back again
You’re very welcome Joan. Happy felting 🙂
I bought the fox kit and don’t understand why there’s a two colors of rust included. Natureindesign@ outlook.com
Hi Patricia. I have just popped some extra in your kit so you will have enough to make two foxes instead of one 🙂 Have a great weekend