Needle Felted Egg Family
More needle felting! I find this craft to be rather soothing. It’s one of those thing where I can just get into a zone and jab, jab, jab at the wool until I form something I like. Mostly, I have been making little needle felted eggs. My little egg family are likely destined to become cat toys, but for now the boys seem to enjoy them. And Horray! for gender-neutral dolls!
Someone in my comments on the Argus post asked if I was forming my felted eggs around anything, and the answer is yes–I discovered that you can needle felt polyester fiber fill (the stuff you use to stuff pillows, dolls, etc.) in the same way you can felt wool. Of course, you can do this with wool, too, if you prefer to go the all-natural route, but I like the firmness of the poly fill. This is how you make an egg form:
First, grab a handful of polyester fiberfill.
Then squeeze the fill down, compressing as much air as possible out of it, and roll it into an egg shape.
The fully rolled fill looks like this. Hold onto it tightly until you can secure it with the felting needle.
Finally, being very careful not to stab yourself, start jabbing at the egg until it is the the shape you want it to be. Jab at it until it hold well and is larger than you want the final project to be–it will continue to compress as you needle at it when you add the wool roving.
And that’s how I make the egg forms. Easy! I cover the form in wool roving and jab some more until they look good, doing large color fields first and adding tiny details last.
The other question someone asked me is if I plan to sell any of these, and alas, the answer is probably no. I could do a whole huge post on why I don’t do much with my Etsy shop or sell my wares at craft shows and consignment shops, but the short answer is that selling my crafts for profit as a business doesn’t suit me. I’ve tried it many times, exploring many avenues, and in the end I’d just rather not do it. I keep my Etsy shop up as a place to put extra things that I make that need a nice home, but I never, ever, ever plan on making a profitable business out of selling my crafts. And I don’t do custom orders, so please don’t ask. There is nothing I find more stressful than a custom order!