Cedar Ring Mama

Taking My Cues From Mother Earth

Needle Felting Tutorial, Giveaway, and Shop Sale!

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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!).

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Next, I pinned the stabilizer pattern to my foam block, like so…

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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.

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I needle-felted another layer over the wire, to embed it within the petal.

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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.

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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.

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Drying!

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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.

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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!

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…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!

22 thoughts on “Needle Felting Tutorial, Giveaway, and Shop Sale!

  1. Oh Becca! She is beautiful. I’ve never seen a trout lily in person but she does remind me of photos I’ve seen. You are so creative and talented! Thanks for sharing yet another tutorial with all of us!

  2. This is so beautiful! Where did you find the time with a newborn? Thanks for the inspiration – I’m starting my first fairy this weekend, after practicing all the techniques. Love the new baskets in the store!

  3. You are wonderfully talented mama! I have always wondered how people make those lovely fairies, I attempted once with just some roving and a felting needle… The result was less than spectacular, lol!

    (P.S. I will share your post and visit the shop, but am not entering the giveaway since I won the last one!)

  4. Hi there, always enjoy your posts, especially your last birth story, totally there with you, never stop being a mom, even in labor! We are starting a Waldorf group/ co-op in Miami and I share your posts a lot, especially your family binder which helps establish rythem for new parents.
    We have a garden that we host play days in and I always try to provide a nature inspired craft, would love to learn needle felting, we are kind of short of this practice in South Florida 😉 best wishes!

    • Thanks for sharing my blog Blair, and do try your hand at needlefelting- a very forgiving and stress-relieving art form! I think it is best for older children (over 10) with supervision, since the needles are so long and sharp.

  5. I just discovered your shop and blog. We are excited to start our own Waldorf journey in our home. You are a very talented mama!

  6. YOur blog is really inspiring and i admire your time management skills :), i visited your shop and i like it, especially the amethyst cluster, recently i am really into gems and minerals. the book looks interesting, let’s see if i am lucky. thx

  7. Beautiful! The shop looks great. I love needle felting!

  8. She’s lovely–what a clever way to put the wire in. The book looks great–my kids have their eye on trying out a dog. Thanks!

  9. I’ve never seen a Trout Lilly but she is great! How creative! Your shop is great too! 😉

  10. I love her! I never thought of using fabric stabilizer with needle felting, I will have to try it sometime 🙂 Your new shop looks great too, very easy to navigate.

  11. Oh, thank you for showing this trick! I never saw it before – so cool! And your shop is very, very dangerous for me – there is always something new or something I need or want or…no seriously, I love it! Adding that wish list is – AMAZING and oh, so useful!!!!

  12. I love your tutorials and your trout lily is gorgeous. You inspire me to get crafting again.

  13. Thank you for this inspiration and giveaway. Your fairy is lovely! I just started needle felting this year and would love to win the book.

    Congratulations on the birth of your new little one!

  14. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and giveaway! Your trout lily fairy is lovely. What a wonderful selection you have in your shop. 🙂

  15. Thanks for this tutorial – it never occurred to me to use fabric stabilizer. Just that one tip has opened up a world of possibilities for me 🙂

  16. Such a sweet trout lily. I also visited your shop and really love the great selection you have.

  17. I am a newbie totally hook on felting and didn’t realize there are so much more to it. Thanks for keeping a shop of waldorf goods in one place.

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