How felting needles work:

If you looked at fleece under a microscope you would see thousands of little scale-like points. It is these points which lock together if agitated with warm water or a felting needle and produce felt. Felting needles have barbs on their ends, by repeatedly stabbing the fleece these barbs pick up the scales and form the fleece into a denser material. Please be careful of the needles they are very very sharp and ALWAYS felt into the foam block. Place your roving onto the forum block and repeatedly stab gently, but firmly:

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Take some white roving and needle felt a small ball (always on the foam block remember!)

wrap the fleece around your ball first vertically and then horizontally (like wrapping a ball

of wool) until you have a firm ball half an inch in diameter.

Take about 6in of white roving and wrap a small piece around the centre. Fold the strip

around the ball and fix it, with another small piece of fleece. This forms the neck. Keep the side of the ball you decide will be your fairy's face free of needle holes.

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Wrap the centre of a pipe cleaner just under the base of the neck. Wrap one pipe cleaner end with roving, bend end to make a  hand.When you reach the body,cross over shoulder and wrap extra roving around body. Repeat on the other side.

Take 7" of your chosen wing colour, tie a thin strand of fleece and tie in the middle.

Needle felt behind the hair. Add flowers, a crown, and a braided belt.

Choose a colour for your fairies skirt, you need about a 7" strip.Needle felt the skirt in place.

Take a new piece of roving (about 7") Make a hole in the centre and place your angel through. This piece rests on her shoulders. Needle felt in place. Wrap a small strand around

her waist.

 

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Take 7" of your chosen wing colour, tie a thin strand of fleece and tie in the middle. Needle felt behind the hair.Add flowers, a crown, and a braided belt.

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Make a small belt to wrap around her waist - either a thin strand of fleece or plait three strands together - it helps to hold all three together with your needle at the top of your foam.

Choose the colour for your fairies hair and needle felt in place. It's really important to start with very thin strands and mold them around the face of the fairy first. When you are happy with the face shape you can add more fleece. It's the shaping of the face that creates the character of your fairy - so don't rush this bit!

If you would like your fairy to be carrying a baby, make a small round ball, using the same technique as above for the head. Then choose a colour for the baby's wrap and needle felt the head into it - snuggle it into the fairy's arms.

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