I just love easy wool crafts! My most recent project is this trio of easy, needle felted abstracts. It’s hard to capture on camera, but the abstracts are three-dimensional, with a sculptural feel. The wool I used is really vibrant, so these are a fun pop of colour on plain white walls.
I used my favorite of the three paintings I made for the bedroom as my colour inspiration:
Here are the needle felting basics:
- Piece of foam
- Felting needle
- Piece of felted wool (you can felt an old wool sweater, or buy felt in fabric or fibre stores – the piece will act as your “canvas”)
- Wool rovings
|Felting needle and foam block|
How to Needle Felt:
Needle felting is actually super simple. Sketch out your plan on a piece of felted wool (or free-hand it). Lay your piece of wool on your foam block and grab some wool rovings. Tear pieces of the wool roving off, like you would cotton candy. You want the ends ragged, not cut. Then lay the wool roving on the piece of wool and use the felting needle to pierce the wool roving through the piece of wool, using the foam as a surface to stop the needle. Just keep piercing again & again (& again & again – this is a good craft for tension relief!) The felting needle has barbs and it catches the wool roving, pushing through the piece of wool which tangles the fibres and locks them. Like paint, you just build up layers of rovings – you can layer different colours to create depth or just to mix new colours.
Here is what the back of the wool will look like after you have been needle felting for a bit:
A warning about the barbed needle: it is very sharp and will tear you skin going in and out, so be careful not to poke yourself with it.
Here are my finished needle felted wool art pieces unframed. I used a piece of paper with a square cut out to help me frame up the composition as I worked.
Here is some more needle felted wool inspiration: