Well after about 5 hours of trying, I have managed to post a needlefelting tutorial on my blog. It is the same one I did for for the Guild of Master Bear Crafters, so some of you may have seen it. I am always looking for blog and website link swap, let me know if anyone is interested.
GREAT tutorial Joanne! What a sweet bear you ended up with too. I'll be updating my website very shortly so if you are interested, i'll contact you to organise a website link swap?
You said in the tutorial that the nose is waxed. I've never done that on any of my work. I've seen the blocks of wax to do it...do you just rub it on the nose or is there more to it than that?
I would love to swap links, whenever you are ready, let me know. I wax the noses when done. I have done it two ways, with a kitska, which is a tool used in Ukranian egg decorating, and with a brush. A brush is easier. The bees wax must be very hot. It is brushed on, i usually use 2-3 coats. let it cool. I heat a small pair of scissors, just hot enough to move the wax and then I smooth and sculpt it. Sooner or later I will be adding pictures of this to the blog to.
Great tutorial Joanne,
I like your technique for the eyelids. Looks much easier to get both sides even. I also like the way you create your noses. I might have to try this on the large bear I'm attempting to needle felt a muzzle on. Thought it would be better to practice on a large bear then on one of my minis.
Needle felting is a dry felting technique which turns soft fluffy wool into a hard/semi hard sculpture by using a barbed needle to repeatedly stab and interlock all of the individual fibres together to form a big matt.
Have a look on youtube or something. I was quite suprised by the result when I first discovered needle felting
I have just had a look on your website and I must say I am very impressed ! I love how informative it is and the way you write it's like being in the room with you which I like a lot ..... Thank you for giving me a sneak preview into yours and your amazing bears lives. I have been inspired