Archive for August, 2012


Needle Felted Pirate

Run Red Run Needle Felted Pirate Yo HoFinally! As anticipated, me felted scurvy scoundrel, Cap’n Weird Beard, be complete! Ready to depart in the beat of a heart, to find adventure… and booty!

He’s all wool, needled felted by hand… but in true pirate form, has a few non-woolen accessories: sword, leather sash, leather belt, beard ribbons, and gold ear rings.  Along with that he also has a removable felted tricorn hat.

Since I’m a huge Disney fan, this guy was inspired by the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean ride and ride posters. Which explains why he’s very colorful and cartoony.  But for some elements, the inspiration left some wiggle room — for instance, what kind of shirt is he wearing? What about his pantaloons? In those cases I had to use my imagination to come up with an appropriate solution. As always, there are more photos up in the gallery.


Work in Progress: Almost Finished

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Here are some more progress shots of the Disney-inspired pirate. The jacket is almost complete in these shots.  The trim around the jacket’s collar/lapels/hem was time consuming, but I think it was worth it. I’ve been needling furiously on the head, so next post: finished pirate!  If you want to go back and see the other WIP posts, just click here and here.








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Tuesday Tip: Needle Felting Pad

Run Red Run Needle Felting PadHello again and welcome to another Tuesday Tip, my fledgling series of semi-regular-leaning-toward-sporadic posts designed to help answer all the questions I asked when I was just starting to needle felt.

Today’s tip: Get a felting pad, you’ll need it.

The one that I use is a high-density pad, and believe me, it saves my lap and table from being repeatedly stabbed by needles. I like the foam for a few reasons: it comes in a variety of sizes, it provides rigid support for projects, while allowing needles to pass through wool with little resistance. You can get your hands on high-density pads at Living Felt or Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies.

You can also use the brush-like Clover Needle Felting Mat. I have the small one and liked it, but the size is really pretty limiting, which makes it great for very small projects. Since I started, my projects have grown in size, so I mainly use the foam pads for my too-big-for-the-mat projects.


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