HINTS & TIPS
Step 1. Form the frame & start to felt the flesh. Cut a 9cm length of Chenille stick for the mermaids arms. Cut a 11cm length of Chenille stick for the mermaids body. Lay the arms diagonally across the body and twist the Chenille sticks together to create a wire frame or skeleton. Wrap the arms with felting wool & lightly needle in place. Wrap wool around the join in the chenille sticks to form the shoulders.
Step 2. Create spheres for the head & the bubbles. Pick up the wool and tease out some fibres, lay them on the felting mat in a crisscross fashion, this will make the finished piece stronger. Push the needle into the fibres in a straight up and down action, if you twist the needle when pushing it into the fibres it will snap as hardened steel is brittle. Lift up the matted fibres and move them on the felting mat after every few stabs with the needle or the fibres will become imbedded in the mat. Put the felting needle down, pick up the fibres in your hand and start to roll a ball shape by rolling the fibres in the palm of your hand.
Note: Keep alternating between needling the fibres and rolling in your hands until the bead is the right size and firmness.
Step 3. Finish the Mermaid & assemble the mobile. Push the head onto the top of the chenille stick and attach to the shoulders by needling in place. Now wrap lengths of the body colour around the base of the chenille stick & needle in place. Continue wrapping & needling until the body is formed. Pull a small amount of coloured wool & roll into a small ball needle onto the chest to form one side of the bra, repeat for the other side. Make two flippers by Picking up the wool and tease out some fibres, lay them on the felting mat in a crisscross fashion , pick up the fibres in your hand and start to roll a flipper shape by rolling the fibres in the palm of your hand. Flatten the flippers by needling them flat & attach to the body, by needling then onto the body. Cut lengths of the yarn to form the hair & needle to the head. Finish by threading one pearl bead at the base of each length of strong thread, then thread the Mermaid & Bubble onto each string and attach to the hoop.
- Cut cardboard piece 130mm W x 220mm L. Fold the cut cardboard in half and shape it at the desired angle to form a roof.
- Paint the roof the colour of your choice or glue a felt piece cut to similar size to card board.
- For side wall of house (A, cut 2 equal pieces of cardboard to following dimensions 170mm L x 110mm W. Mark at 110mm L (or desired height of house) and cut at equal angle to fit the roof (between 111mm to 170mm L).
- For the other walls (B1), cut 1 piece cardboard 310mm L x 110mm W. Measure to 90mm L from one end and fold to fit the folded section under the roof.
- Measure cardboard the 90mm mark, 110mm to form a wall.
- Fold at 200mm mark at right angle to form the base.
- For wall B2, cut cardboard 200mm and repeat process for B1 (except for the base).
- As an exception you can cut a separate piece of cardboard for the base, 110mm x 110mm or larger square piece.
- Cut holes on cardboard for windows or doors using a blade.
- Glue both the folded cardboard sections (A & B) to roof.
Leave the glued cardboard house to dry before attempting to embellish it.
Optional: Paint the cardboard piece if desired or leave it as is.
- Cut felt sheet into 6 pieces that will cover front back, base, sides and roof of box cottage.
- Cut holes in one piece of felt that will line up with the windows that have been cut out in the cardboard.
- To create grass effect by dry felting 1.5cm around the bottom of each piece of felt.
- Cut a small length of felting wool. Separate and tease out the felting wool fibres in your chosen pattern on the wool felt. You can use random patterns to create your design.
Place the felt sheet and wool fibres on a foam block, hold the fibres firmly on the wool felt between your fingers and begin to needle in a continuous up and down motion through the wool fibres and wool felt. Be careful to only use the needle in a continuous vertical motion because if you change direction you risk breaking the tip of the needle.
You will see the fibres begin to lock into the wool felt. Lift and move the wool felt until all the fibres have been needled in place. If you want to add extra dimension with textured fibres, position and needle them in place now. Glue your completed design onto the sides of the house.
Felting Embellishments (Options)
- Purchase pre-made felted embellishments from your local Spotlight store. Glue or sew the embellishments on to the wool felt sheet before gluing the wool felt sheets on to the prepared walls of cottage.
- Alternatively, you can make your own embellishments by cutting pieces of felt out in the shape of flowers, windows and door. Glue or sew the embellishments on to the wool felt sheet before gluing the wool felt sheets on to the prepared walls of cottage.
- Create texture, take small pieces of felting wool fibres and drape across your petals. Fuse the fibres together by repetitively jabbing your barbed felting needle so it goes through the wool top fibre and flat felt. Repeat instructions provided earlier.
- Glue or sew the wool threads to make flower stems and outline the windows and door.
When embellishments are completed glue or sew on to the felt sheets, the embellished felt sheets are ready to be glued onto house.
Decorate your project to personalise the final outcome. Colours in images are only a guide. You may change the colour of felt sheets or felting fibres, and embellishments used. The size of the Cottage is only a guide.