After my last outing in the woods, I was inspired by the Trout Lily. I set to work creating a trout lily fairy using a new needle-felting technique from the Ashford Book of Needle-Felting, which involves using water soluable fabric stabilizer to create stand-alone layers of needle-felt that can be thin and wispy, or thicker, as needed. I pinned a lily petal template to the stabilizer carefully (it is super thin!).
Next, I pinned the stabilizer pattern to my foam block, like so…
And set to work needle-felting into the stabilizer.
Next, I cut small lengths of the thinnest craft wire I could find and turned the ends in with round nose pliers, like so… carefully centering the wire lengths, one for each petal.
I needle-felted another layer over the wire, to embed it within the petal.
After the pattern was completely felted, I flipped it over and carefully felted at a sideways angle (so as not to create more wisps on the first side if it begins to stick to the foam block again) to smooth out the “wrong side”, being careful not to poke the wire inside.
Next, I dipped it in water, lightly swishing for a moment til the stabilizer was dissolved. Don’t worry if you can see the wire; it will become more opaque as the wool dries.
When fully dry, I clipped fuzzy edges and shaped the petals by carefully bending the wire inside after felting the two edges together and adding a bit of green for the petal base. For the magic wool fairy how to, visit my post here for links to my youtube magic wool fairy video.
What do you think… does she remind you of a trout lily? She is looking for a home or nature table to watch over… will it be yours?
For a chance to win her & a copy of Ashford’s wonderful Needle-Felting Book, please browse through my newly stocked shop, and leave me a comment here letting me know you visited… or share this post and leave a comment letting me know you did for another chance!
…AND THERE’S A SHOP SALE…
To celebrate getting the store stocked up, select items are BUY 3 GET 1 Free: Small Bolga Market Baskets (not other styles or sizes), books, roving, peg people, individual wool felt sheets (any blend), individual stick crayons, and individual sheets of decorating wax, modelling wax, and beeswax candle sheets.
Sale and giveaway end Thursday, May 30th.
I’ll be back with a new project by then- I’m trying my hand at butterfly wings using this technique, can’t wait to finish them and show you!