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