Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My First Needle Felted Gnome And Discovery Of Something



needle felted gnome front view and side view

Oh my goodness, I'm in love! This little guy turned out better than I thought he would. I started him late last night and actually
finished most of him within a couple hours and today I  worked on the little details like the ears and the nose and I also stumbled across something new!

Forgive me if this isn't so new and it's known to all but me, haha but I discovered this by accident. I actually didn't have any skin color on hand so when I finished my Gnome last night he had a white face and white hands. I did not like the looks of that but what could I do?
Then today I had a polyester green felt craft sheet (the cheap kind :) that I stood the Gnome on for pictures and thought wouldn't it look more like grass if I brushed it.. so I brushed it up and I was surprised by how much fiber came up in my brush! Then I realized this feels almost the same as the wool fiber I'm using for needle felting ~> *light bulb* if I brushed up the pink felt sheet I have then I'd have the skin color I want, wahoo! How awesome is that? This worked great and I was able to shape it just how I wanted. New discovery?? I don't know but I do know it works. The brush I use is a nap riser especially designed for pulling fibers. But a steel pet brush would work too.
My brush shown below has a handle that was added, they normally don't come with handles

three felt sheets red pink and green
I am so excited to be learning how to needle felt, it's such a fun craft and you can really  make anything you want out of wool fibers. It's amazing and FUN!


felted gnome inside human hand

Stay tuned, this Gnome is part of the dollhouse project I'm working on!

In case you are wondering how I made this Gnome I kept one of my favorite books close by as a reference.

Happy Crafting!!

11 comments:

  1. Now I want to drop everything else and needle felt something. Co-incidentally, our group is having a needle-felt workshop at the end of the month. I normally don't take part - just take care of the admin side of things - but now....
    Your gnome has brightened my day. :-)

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    1. Oh, that is awesome! I love that! Keep me posted if you do join in the workshop. I'd love to hear how it went for you

      and thank you, so glad the Gnome brightened your day, he brightened mine too so he's already brought some goodness into the world and he's only a day old <3

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  2. wow! all I can needle felt is a ball ;)

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    1. lol, you're not far off from making something if you can make a ball!! That's where it starts :)

      xo

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  3. Hi Sharon, can you send me directions to do Gnomey? Yours is the best I've seen. I'd love to make him as well as
    Some other friends for a soon to be made inside fairy garden. I would love it. Jnolte113@gmail.com

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    1. thank you so much, I'm glad you like him. I actually made him in 2013. He was my first and last attempt at a human form. I don't know anything about needle felting, I just did my best as I went. I started with a pipe cleaner frame and wrapped the wool around that then poked it into shape. I don't have the needle felting skills to pass along to anyone. One day if I make another I will take photos of the steps and do my best to explain what I'm doing as I go.

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  4. Thanks for your response. I'm going to give it a shot. Maybe I'll get that book too. Lol. I love your houses and can't wait to try one as well. Keep up the great work. You are truly an inspiration. Keep in touch. Jeff

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    1. Jeffrey, I was just on facebook and a page I follow shared this tutorial.. the gnomes in the tutorial are quite similar to Gnomey! They were made long before but they also use the pipe cleaner frame. They are cute but you can adjust to make them how you'd like! http://fionaduthie.blogspot.nl/2011/01/love-gnomes.html

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  5. Thanks for the info Sharon. Of course I like yours better. But this does give me a good idea of where to start. Thank you for taking the time. Keep in touch. Jeff

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  6. hola, he seguido tus pasos en el video de la casita del árbol, para hacer el mio propio y ya la terminé, muchas gracias

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  7. I love your Gnome and I had a head ready waiting for to be a person, so yesterday I made my own gnome.Thank''s for giving me a kick in my as to have this done.I will make him a wife today and maybe some children.

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