Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Rainbow Baby Tutorial

 A couple of people have asked me how to make the little christmas babies in my last post, so I thought I'd attempt a tutorial... Here goes!

With some skin coloured wool roving separate the section into 3 parts. One for the inside of the head, the outside and a small piece to tie around the neck.

 Tie one of the larger section in a loose knot to form the inside of the head.

Cover the knotted piece with the other larger section of wool while leaving the ends to hang down at the bottom.

Tie the small piece of wool around the base of the head where the ends are hanging down.

 With some pink wool pull off three large sections.

Needle felt these to the hanging pieces of skin coloured wool around the base of the head. Have the looser and thinner end of each section of the wool towards the bottom - this will help to form the tapered shape.

Attach the pink wool around the whole circumference of the neck looking for any gaps that may need to be filled.

Next, with some purple wool, felt on some smaller sections in the same manner. The pink wool should still be visible below the ends of the purple wool.

Follow this with some darker blue, then some lighter blue.

Then needle felt some green wool around the base of the head- using shorter tufts for each new colour.

Finish with some small apple green pieces around the neck.

For the hat, use a pice of yellow and a piece of green wool. Combine them together by gently ripping them and laying them over each other to form a marbled effect. You could alternatively just use the yellow on it's own.

Wrap the wool around the head and needle felt in place. Smooth out any lumps and bumps with the needle and tuck in any loose ends around the neck by punching in with the needle.

 To finish, use a small length of yellow wool to wrap around the neck.

Needle felt this in place - again, punching in any loose ends.

 Sew a thread into the head and there you have it! A magical rainbow baby for the christmas tree:)

With love and light


Em said...

These are so gorgeous! Thankyou for the tutorial :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you!
Just gotta get me a felting needle, and I will post a link of my first attempt. :)

Catherine said...

Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

indigomumma said...

Great tutorial Melissa. Very easy to understand and follow along with :) You are such a talented needle felter - thanks for sharing your process for these babies with us. Love to you as we journey into Advent :) xx

softearthart said...

Oh so lovely, cheers Marie

Wabi-Sabi Wanderings said...

Such darling babies! I love the effect of the multi-coloured layering. Thank you for sharing such inspiration!


Moment to moment said...

lovely, thanks for that tutorial...

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