I don't think I do my noses the conventional way as I mostly complete them on my "sponge" first to get the basic shape before putting them on the bear as I find it easier. As far as the small straggly bits are concerned, I find the best way is just to keep very lightly stabbing at them so that they gradually get tucked in but don't actually change the shape of the overall nose?
I hope this helps & best of luck!
If you stab your felting needle almost parallel to the surface, you'll be able to catch the stray fibres and it will hide them but for the most part you'll always have the strays. Like Joanne, I take a pair of scissors and trim them away...then I go over the surface again with the felting needle, trim again and the go over the surface with the needle again. The strays on my felted critters are pretty minimal after that. Please don't pay any attention to how fuzzy the koala is in my picture on the left....that is a very early piece of work...must do something about changing that. :crackup: Current pieces are no where near as fuzzy.
I recently did a felted nose on one of my bears. At the same time I discovered nose gloss (the liquid). After felting the nose as firmly as I could I used a bit of the nose gloss on it and let it dry. I then put on a second coat. While I did't get the glossy look I did have one thing happen. No more fuzzies. All the little short ends that just won't felt in disappeared and the nose looks really good now without the fuzzies. Hope this helps
I always use Gerry's Teddy & Craft Designs' Nose Shine and it's fab I have to say Needle-felting is not my forte as I still need more practice but I usually trim away the fuzzies too - and nose shine really helps it to look finished off but the wool has to be very tight other wise the nose shine tends to make the needle-felted nose sink ~ especially if you do over 3 coats. On embroidered noses I do up to 5 coats of nose shine depending on how "bling" I want my bear to look LOL. Gotta say I just hate that new word "bling" but I keep using it?! :crackup: