Fun with Needle Felting

I’ve been enjoying learning how to needle felt. This is the “dry” type of felting – you use a special needle with barbs to help wool stick together. You can use any type of wool – natural, dyed, spun or unspun – and create two or three-dimensional objects. You can use it to accent knitted pieces – like putting features on animals

hand knit and felted cat toys with needle felted features

or creating designs on felted objects

mug rug with button flower and needle felted details

or just about anything else. It’s a very versatile craft.

The most recent needle felting I have done was for a friend who “commissioned” an order right before Christmas. Diane and her family have a commercial bee-keeping business. She thought it would be fun to have me make some gifts for her son using his new logo for his honey products. We decided on a felted bowl, potholders and mug rugs.

She sent me a photo of the logo. I enlarged it and then traced it on to stabilizer fabric – a nifty kind of interfacing that dissolves when you put it in water, so you can use it to get designs onto objects and then wash it away.

This logo was easy to copy as it is very simple in structure. Here it is on a bowl.

And potholders

Here’s the whole “collection”

bowl, potholders and mug rugs

It was interesting and challenging to try re-creating the logo on felted objects!

items with sola bee logo on paper

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