#gnome  #nisse #tomte #woolywednesday NEEDLE FELT TUTORIAL – I’LL BE GNOME FOR CHRISTMAS PILLOW

#gnome #nisse #tomte #woolywednesday NEEDLE FELT TUTORIAL – I’LL BE GNOME FOR CHRISTMAS PILLOW


hey friends it’s Marie at living felt
and today we have a really fun festive a holiday project for you and we are
calling it I’ll be known for Christmas these are some really adorable needle
felted pillows on our gray Heather 100% wool felt we’re going to show you how
you can needle felt these for your very own couch or maybe even to give as a
gift but hey you don’t have to make pillows you can even make a table runner
or you could make wall art if you prefer we’re going to show you how to do it
right now let’s take a quick look at the supplies
for this project we are looking at this is what comes in the kit is you’re gonna
get a 12 by 18 strip of our grey heathered felt that is so if you want to
do a table runner you’ll have one long table runner of 36 inches long or you
can cut it in half and make a pillow like we did you’re going to get with the
kit you’ll get this little printout which will list the supplies but it’s
also going to have the two patterns the gnome decorating history and the two
gnomes dragging their tree to get it in place you will get a red zipper our
first kits anyway are going out with a matching red zipper you will get white
and red DMC floss so you can do a blanket stitch on yours or any kind of
decoration and you’re gonna get the same wool colors that we used in the video
tutorial which is a range of our mc1 batting what you will also want is some
needle felting foam I’m working on our earth harmony needle felting foam at
least a size of ten by seven you will want some felting needles and I suggest
a thirty eight star and forty two triangle those off who are an upgrade in
the kit as is a ten by seven foam you get that deluxe kit and get foam and
felting needles you will want an embroidery needle some scissors and I am
suggesting this pen I’ve used a few different pens this is the uniball signo
gel pen because it shows up on the black felt I have tried sharpie and industrial
kind of this is inks all this works also but it makes a super blunt line and I’ve
tried the clover chalk liner no good so this is the pen I am suggesting and
you’ll also want a pillow form will mine is a nine by twelve I mean sorry a 12 by
18 so we will include a link for that in the description down below and that’s
all you need for this project so let’s jump into it the support document
includes a list of what the supplies are but you’re also going to get the
drawings so these are based on my original drawing
and this is just the lineart version so you’ll get these you’ll get both
drawings in the pattern you’ll get both drawings in the pattern that you can use
to make your own like I said whether you want to make a table runner or a pillow
and these are going to come on cardstock and I’ll tell you why here in a minute
today we’re going to be doing this guy so make sure that you have scissors so
you can cut out all these little fussy parts and you’re also going to maybe
want some embroidery scissors if needed you’re going to want some needle felting
foam and our kit gives you the option to upgrade to out of 10 by 7 earth harmony
needle felting foam if you don’t have one and you’re also gonna want felting
needles today I’m going to be using mostly my 38 star and 42 triangle
needles and if you can upgrade the kit also and get those in the kit so what
else do we need not much unless you’re gonna sew and then you you might need a
sewing machine so this is going to be like the first time you don’t see me
suggest an iron-on transfer pen and the reason for that is I tried the iron-on
transfer pen let me just give you a look here I tried an iron-on transfer pen on
this felt and it was very difficult I also used a black sharpie pointed one
and it made a very sharp line and I also tried this Milwaukee inks all that I got
at the very fancy Home Depot and these work but they make a very blunt blunt
line so after making several attempts oh I tried tailors chalk I tried my white
gelly roll pen which does work on the solid color felts that we have and I
tried the clover chalk liner thingy all to no avail and so I reached over in my
pen cup at home and pulled out this gel ink pen these uniball idea it’s like a
point seven you know ball my husband uses these and as it turns out so does
Danny eyes so when she told me to get these for the class a couple
I said oh hey I know those cuz Rodney uses those too so this is the pen we
used and I’m gonna tell you how to cut this guy up you might think that you
just want to cut out the whole shape but this is what I’m going to suggest you’re
going to want to cut out the Christmas tree and the Nomi and divide him just
like that right there so make the two independent of each other so that you
can find your way in the drawing and on this I’ve outlined the Christmas tree
let me see if I can get in just a little bit closer for you I’m gonna try and get
in just so you can see the ink on the felt because it’s on there and I know
it’s a little difficult to see but we’ll get wool on here pretty quick so let me
get a line in here for you I have traced around my tree and I can see it now and
you can go back and make it darker let’s see that show up fine and it looks real
boring on your screen right now but in a minute we’ll start filling in some wool
and you can see what we have going on so I have traced around this Christmas tree
just like this and you’ll want to trace around yours and just go as many times
as you need to to make those lines really nice and bold so that you can see
them and this guy so you can see I have no ink here we’re gonna trace around him
and he kind of goes into the tree and don’t worry about it being bigger I’ll
tell you that this design is gonna shift a little bit as you work and it’s really
okay what you’ll do is just keep adjusting where the lines go as you work
so it’s just no big deal it’s just a gnome in the snow so this is you know
for people who don’t draw or even if you do draw and you just like to have a
little bit of an assist now some people could just freehand this guy with no
problem oh I’m not always all the way on the screen some people could free on
this guy with the problem and I’m not that person even though I drew these I
had to draw them with pencil so I did draw them at first but I had to draw
pencils so now you can see can you see my Nomi outline here give us a thumbs up
so now what I’m going to do is take my little guy and with him in place I’m
just going to go oh his cap goes about there and if it’s not the right place
just bring the line back down so there’s where his cap goes and look his coat
cuts naturally right across here so I want to make that line real obvious the
center of his legs is right about here put him in for yourself so you can see
and his boots are a little more shallow right there and now what I want you to
notice is that for his arm I cut it I cut his arm so that I can see exactly
where that is cuz right here you know his little beard his little beard comes
there but my hands are in the way his arm you get his coat in the right place
is gonna come right there so even if you’re not feeling all that confident
then you can cut away parts that help you see where everything goes and before
I begin adding wool I just add in well here’s like here’s this little nose and
here’s the suggestion of his face I’ll probably make his face a little bigger
and his ears here and his hair is there so we get the basic idea and I might
tend to make his beard a little bit bigger every time and you just want to
get your basic outlines in place and the rest of the way I promise you’re going
to find your way as you go okay so with that in mind for people who endeavor to
do the to know me guys let me show you that that really quickly so that I don’t
forget to show you what what you’ll do on the two guys the two guys they’re
interesting they’re interesting and they’re cute and they but what you see
is their bodies kind of intersect right here so what I suggest is cutting out
the whole thing as one unit trace around that whole unit so you have all of those
major outlines in place and then you can start
bisecting your pieces so here’s how I did mine and literally true even though
I drew the images myself this is what I ended up doing chopping them up so that
I could see where they are you know and where they come together
however they come together here’s their little bodies so once I got the major
outlines in place then I cut the templates so that I could go back and
find all those lines and you know what their legs shifted a little bit or
whatever look how they you know the paper bends or whatever but it just
doesn’t matter once you get him in place they’re going to look adorable
so don’t fuss with all that too much all right I’m gonna get all my stuff out of
here and we can stat all right and I’m gonna come out I’m gonna come out just a
little bit let me know any questions it’s pretty fun y’all I I would just
keep doing it I mean I could just keep making these guys so we’re gonna take
our best crack at it we’re gonna just crack on as they say on the great
british baking show and we’re gonna get as much of this felt that as we can and
at the very end we’ll talk about finishing off your pillow we won’t have
time for a zipper tutorial or anything fancy like that but we can at least look
at the blanket stitching I’m starting off with mc1 spruce for those who don’t
know mc1 is our signature batting it is a favorite for needle felting and oh hey
by the way you can wet felt it but what we love is that you can needle felt it
really smoothly and you can also blend it well with other colors this is how I
did my tree Bob Ross style because I love that guy and what I do is I started
just kind of in the peak and I just kind of drafting the wool down and I’m gonna
needle felt kind of down towards a center
I’m using my 38 star and oh here’s one in a 238 star and this particular wool I
would say you know really anchor that fiber down and well I think my pillows
need more needle felting and I can needle felt them even with the pillows
in but what I love about the zipper design is that you can take your pillow
out add embellishments to it if you want you know you can even make someone to
pillow and then give it to them to needle fill because the 10 by 7 could
slip inside so something to think about is that you can needle up that pillow
and then I mean sew the pillow together and then keep working on it if you want
to like you know you could travel with it yeah I mean it was just an idea you
could take it to go I think it’s a really good project for beginners
especially if you’re not I’m gonna use a cluster tool just to demonstrate that
especially if you know you’re not too hard on yourself and you just give
yourself an opportunity to go for it you’re tracing out lines and then just
let yourself be guided as you go along the way now I tend to do this sort of a
straight line down the middle kind of like a Bob Ross street like I mentioned
I’m going to avoid this side for the moment where my know me is and I’m gonna
work from this side over here are we close enough does everyone feel like do
I need to zoom in or anything I can maybe go in just a pinch yeah and maybe
I’ll maybe I’ll just try and move myself up a little bit I want you all to kind
of see the sample while we’re working but here let me do this I’ll bring him
in there okay does that work all right I’m just getting here all right now what
I like to do is drag this kind of drag the wool across and I’m going to work
with this with this needle so you can kind of start out at a point and drag it
back towards the middle I think I usually probably turn it upside down so
I’m gonna work the way I work at home which is this way yeah because I’m I’m
right-handed so this is a little bit easier for me to do and then I’m gonna
take it because I like to go from the point to the middle from the point to
the middle if you go this way rather than you know lay the wool down and try
and fill in every little hole it helps you it’s gonna make your tree a little
more variegated now what you can also do is this you can kind of go like lay down
a piece lay down a piece lay down a piece and then come back and poke them
down there’s something about giving yourself
these points that keeps it from being too filled in and then then when you
have a little bit of space you can come back and fill it in with even a little
bit of darker colors you see I’m pretty much just going straight down like this
wool I really want to anchor it to this felt this felt feels like it feels like
this heathered felt takes a little more effort to get the wool anchored then our
other felt and I’m not sure why you can see all these white fibers in here and
this is the same this is the same production facility that makes our other
wool felt but this stuff is just a little different and that’s why I’m
using the 38 star I think you want to give it you want to really needle pulpit
in there yeah now so far I’m just working with
spruce but we’re gonna add some other colors in as well and if you feel like
it’s just you want to just kind of bang it in a little more use your fine needle
like once you have the points in place then if you go back with your needle
cluster you can really tuck it down what you want is ultimately to be able to
brush across it and it not come apart I saw someone write that they like Mary
Ellen says they love that it’s flat but it has some dimension to it and you know
what you can make this like as bulbous and as shapely as you want you can
really pile the wool on if you want to give it a lot of dimension so just do
whatever speaks to you when it comes to that this is MC one spruce this is a one
millimeter felt so it’s not any thicker than that on my sewing machine it’s so
spine I’ve sewn the felt to felt and I’ve sewn the felt to fabric it does get
a little bulky when you’re doing a zipper you know or it’s a you know
something like that but if you just take your time otherwise just the felt to
felt it’s no thicker than you know sometimes foam like a foam interfacing
or something like that you know that you might put in so it’s really easy to sew
and it’s really easy to hand stitch too it’s very easy to hand stitch okay so
I’m just gonna kind of get this side filled in to the best of my ability and
then we’re gonna blend in a little bit of shading as well just to show you how
to do that now if you’ve never needle felted 2d this is a really fun project
because the subject is really simple to you know it’s it’s big enough that it’s
not too fussy and honestly I think you’re gonna find when we get to the
gnome bit it’s not it’s not so complex you know
it’s really a pretty easy thing to do yeah well it really depends on what
you’re gonna put it through so let me say this I have needle felted pillows on
my couch some are a little more felted than others
the smoother you make it and the flatter you make it the more it’s going to hold
up you can also steam press it and starch
it and get it like as you know pack down but it should be well felt at first so
that you rub your hands across it and it doesn’t come apart yeah you really want
to you really want to get it really well felted that is going to dictate how
durable it is you can absolutely wet felt it after and so the thing I should
point out and on that note is and I’m going to spin it around and quickly try
and do the other side is when you if you were to wet felt it what I would do is
just wet and soak this and and wet felt like maybe through a sandwich baggie or
something so that all you’re trying to do is smooth this down but don’t treat
it as a substitute of making the good needle felt at first because this has
already felt that so you’re not going to get it to bind more than this you’re
just gonna get all these fibers that are sitting on the surface to play together
a little better so don’t don’t think that just wet felting it is gonna get it
done when you’re putting it on and already felt it background if you know
what I mean you’ve got to anchor it well to the
background to start okay now I’m gonna just do my best to get this tree in
place y’all ask the questions now I had something I was gonna tell you I’m gonna kind of get these in place
because I know we have a lot to felt in a in a short amount of time we always
felt a lot faster on the show than in real time in real time I think I did
this little guy across two evenings just because that was fun the needle felted
bit and then the stitching the needle flip it was wasn’t two whole evenings at
all I mean that one’s pretty short but the you know the blanket stitch took
longer than installing the zipper and no felo it takes time but it’s real it’s a
real quiet meditative process you know it’s fun no steam pressing does not felt
steam pressing is good to do on something that is belted but steam
pressing does not felt it steam pressing does not felt your piece it will add a nice finish to something
that is felted though and I do like to steam press stuff but once it’s dry you
know then those fibers are just as likely to lift up again it’s not it’s
not a sealer of any kind what else do you want to know how loved us hear from
you all if like maybe you already you already felt if this project is
something that you think you’re going to try love to hear that if you’re going to
give it a go okay so we’re getting pretty well filled in here and you know
you can leave the space right next to the face open if you want whatever is
easiest for you and then go back and fill it in or you can just fill right up
to that face now whatever is easiest for you is what’s probably the best thing to
do and we can even leave the detail for the trees after if you want but I’m on
the tree you know what I mean so like you can just stop right here on your
evergreen tree and then come back to it if you want fun okay listen so I got
this guy in here a little bit I’m gonna zoom in just a pinch so we can add a
little bit of dimension to him so let me come in a little bit closer and I’ll
just show you what I would do on the tree you can take your spruce you can
blend it with a little bit of black onyx so this is spruce and black onyx I would
blend the two a little bit and just make it a little bit darker and this is all I
do is I’m going to take a pinch of each stack them stack them and pull stack and
pull turn it over stack and pull stack and pull so what we want to do is add
some dark layers in here some dark sort of striping if it says this would look good with the
gnome on the ladder putting a star on the top oh that sounds really cute
really really cute okay so then I’m just going to drag this black through at some
various parts definitely right along the bottom here and then just pick some
horizontal spots you don’t want it to look too even so you’ll take some
underneath the bowels some across the middle and just kind of draft it into
place at first and by draft I mean yes I’m drafting the fiber out which means
I’m sort of anchoring it in one place and and pulling to another but you can
also just get it on in a draft mode so that you just kind of get it in place
and say oh do I like that there and you’re gonna want to leave leave some
spots of the back showing through that’s a little more natural in an evergreen
thanks Bob and the reminder heat Bob Bob likes felting with this it is like
painting I don’t know how you would get the drawing on top of the art felt paper
unless you cut it out and you get the pattern and you print it out you you
probably could and then you have to dissolve it but are you gonna put the
art felt paper on top of this or you know what I mean I don’t know but don’t
understand that you know that intersection okay so now we have some
black in place let’s put some lights some lights in place I’m gonna take a
little bit this is just cotton white and you can put it you know pure on there
like if it’s snow or you could also blend it with just a little bit of the
Evergreen so that it’s not too sharp or spruce sorry this is not evergreen we do
have a color called evergreen which is beautiful
it’s like a Bluegreen so those we’re just gonna make some little snowy bits
and I would be maybe a little less um generous with the white you know just
take it just take it a little more slow and draft it in in places all along the
tree whatever feels natural for you and if the black was sort of under the bow
then the white might be like above the black you know so little tiny bits and
now mine are on there very very loose and that’s kind of where we will we will
pause it today so that I don’t spend all that time flattening all of that down
but you can spend the time to get yours anchored down the fun part is kind of
getting it laid on there that’s a little strong so the blending helps it be from
like too stark you know to Starkel away now for those of you who weren’t with us
last year we did a like a mini winter scene last year we shared it on last
fully Wednesday and we now have a little kit for that but that’s even even
smaller a little 2d scene but man it was really impressed with what people were
able to make from that tutorial and posted them immediately after so there
is another fun project out there and it’s even smaller but you can make just
if you’re not into gnomes and stuff then it’s just a little red cabin in the snow
and on our website in our shopping cart if you search cabin then you’ll come
across it okay so look hey we have tree okay and then you can tack it down with
your punch too laughter notice I’m not peeling it up off the foam I want it to
really stay in place because once you peel it up its gonna get bulbous
underneath so we used to always peel it up but honestly we don’t me anymore that
was then okay alright so I’m gonna jump straight over to no me dude and I’m
gonna start with his hats and I know that he’s probably a little difficult to
see but in your own you’re going to be able to see his outline do you think
that we can kind of see it and okay yeah okay so I’ll bring my little
guy in now you don’t need very much very much red so I’m gonna pinch off a little
bit just enough to be bigger than his where his hat goes and I like to start
by finding my line oh and my hats always end up taller in the on the felt than
they were in the drawing in fact the original drawing the hats were more
pointy and a little taller but when we had them turned into line art they kind
of got a little more modest and I don’t think I know him huh tis very modest no
it’s not in my family so notice that the first thing I’m doing is I’m just
looking for where’s that black line and I’m just going along the black line and
my wool yes is sticking outside of that black line now I’m going to do the same
thing on the other side the lines about right there and remember this this
doesn’t have to be exact your image can change a little as you work it and
where’s the line across it’s gonna go right about there if I have that right
it’s gonna go right about there so what I’m gonna do is once I have the lines
drawn in then I’m gonna just take my wool and fold it over take my wool and
fold it over and that is how I like to get a really clean line so remember on
this project you want to get your wool well anchored first and then you can go
back and smooth it down with the 42 triangles and then I’m just going to
take this wool that’s down here and pull it up into the Hat it does really serve
you but sometimes I don’t do that and so like I’m going to show you when we do
the Hat here right now some people do that they’re gonna put all the darkest
colors down first and then build up on top but I tend to blend
I go so I’m more likely to start with what’s my middle tone my middle hue and
then go back and add the lights and darks but it has to do with the way I
blend so what I’m sharing today is just sort of my way oh I’m sorry this is the
vintage red mc1 that then the vent this is vintage red and that is what we are
including in the kit so that looks a little rough right now we’re going to
we’re going to make it a little more smooth with our single 42 but I’m
grabbing a pinch of the this is chestnut a really popular brown and you can
either take just a thin thin layer of chestnut like this and you could patch
it right on top of the Hat just to give it a little bit of a ready look and so
this is an example of not adding a lighter color on before and then I’ll
take a single 42 needle and start tacking that down a single 42 the reason
I use it is because it has a really gentle poke it’s the higher the number
the finer the gauge needle and what happens is it doesn’t grab so much wool
when you stab it and it allows you to do some surface blending a little more
easily now you could also blend the red with black or a grey or whatever color
you like and make your hat just a little more ready I kind of like things well I
don’t know I was gonna say like things not too not too cartoony but that ain’t
true it just depends on what I’m doing but like gnomes I like to be just a
little just a little rustic so I’m going to take some red and black that’s all I
did was mix a little red and black together and this is all this is all
subjective it’s whatever you like and I’m just going to go right around the
very outside of his hat so that it makes it just a little darker back there Edge’s Oh could we add some Angelina to
the could you add some Angelina to the Christmas tree to make it super shiny oh
you it would definitely make it sparkly it definitely would and you could also
maybe blend in some you know tussah silk or you know viscose or something like
that to make it shiny but just blend it in with your fiber yeah blend it in with
your fiber rather than just tack it down by itself because ANGELINA (originally I said “Viscose” — sometimes my mouth cannot keep up witht my mind 🙂 is really
straight it’s a polyester for those who don’t
know and it’s a cut polyester and it just really sticks on up out of
everything okay so things always look a little worse for me on a tutorial
because I’m not up close and personal with my work when I do stuff I’m like
really in there but let’s jump to face now the face is approximately here so
what we’re gonna do is just take a little pinch this is peachy I’m just
gonna kind of I want it to have be solid all the way through so notice that I’m
just tearing it and stacking it so that I have a nice little puff and I am going
to put it on his face and we’re gonna cover what we don’t want with beard and
you know with beard and hair but you want the you want the fiber the face
fiber kind of kind of already be in place fun fun fun now I have his face
just kind of inside his hat so I think that had I wanted to extend a little
further but I’m gonna put his face right here and notice that I’m just tucking
let me just do I need to get a little closer have a hard time watching I know you can’t see the real one
anymore okay so I’m just going to tuck this right underneath his hat there
because we’re gonna have all this beard sticking down anyway now that’s just kind of the suggestion
of a face and you can tack on as much wool as you want to kind of get it in
place I’m gonna put just a little bit more on there let’s see our time is
already kind of going so fast today could you use the merino top merino top
is a longer fiber and it’s a finer fiber so for needle felting to D like this I
would say it’s definitely going to be more of a challenge if that’s already
something that you needle felt to D with then the answer would be use what’s most
comfortable for you but I’m gonna say it’s definitely going to be more of a
challenge because it’s it’s not short and crimpy like this merino top is just
finer straighter and it’s not going to perform the same so notice I’m just
taking a little pinch a little pinch of wool here and we’re gonna stick his nose
just stick his nose out there he should kind of have an obvious nose okay so now
let’s go ahead and just do his beard his beard and hair and that doesn’t look
like much of a face but what’s gonna happen is once you add just a couple of
little features it’s gonna make all the difference so look at this little guy
real quick if you look at how he is it’s just kind of the suggestion of a face so
we’re going to bring that beard his sort of sideburns if you will and start right
here and we’re gonna bring this around right
underneath his nose and then down only to the top of his arm is where that
beard goes and anything else that’s tree or whatever we’ll just have to fill in
what needle are you oh I’m using a 42 triangle now I feel
like I can pack the wool to the surface and not just lose it real fast you can
always go back you know and add more add more but this is kind of like the
drafting the drafting stage if you will and I’m gonna go ahead and just take
notice I just peel off bits and then just tuck it down here and put it in
place everything doesn’t have to be exact you don’t have to follow every
single line you put down those lines are just guidelines okay
so what I’m gonna do is get his blue arm in here so that I can see exactly where
that is and kind of like I did with the Hat sometimes to make it easy I’m just
gonna put down that solid color first but I want to capture that sleeve line
so I’m just going to take straight black and capture where his the under part of
his sleeve go so that I don’t lose it I don’t lose that mark I’m taking it all
the way to the end and even to the end of his sleeve here and while we’re at it we can just put it
down for the very bottom of his coat as well and that making that line a little
bit thicker makes it look like you’re seeing underneath his coat like his coat
kind of has dimension you know and while we’re at it why don’t we just put some
along the back of the coat – so here’s that question do you start with the
darkest well you certainly can and here’s a great example you can start
with the darkest and in this case I’m putting black but you could also just
blend the blue and the black so that’s gonna give us a little outline and hey
you know what we can cover it it doesn’t really matter but it gives you a guide
of where you are and I’m gonna put this blue on the sleeve right on top I just
stack enough that I feel like it’s going to be solid once I get it into place and
use whichever needle you want this is the 38 star this is blue Azul we’re giving you blue zoobel and cobalt
blue lots of blue as you could use but that’s this is what’s coming in the kit
and it’s what I use – and so now I have a sleeve in place now I’m gonna get the
rest of the coat in place and then you can go back and add the shading where
you want it shading or highlights whatever okay
so let’s fill in our little coat again just kind of find your place this stuff
you’ll notice tears off really easily like if you’re working with merino top
you would have to cut it you can’t just piece it in like this and this you can
like even where it’s short you can just take your needle and poke it right up
right into that corner and right up to that line which is that’s the sleeve
line and I’m gonna leave that sleeve line slightly visible just slightly you
can always layer wool and add more on top of it but I just want to basically
see where it is so I know where to add my details whatever details okay I’m just
poking away here Julian asks if she shares the details get lost when I try
to define different areas that are the same color is that the reason that you
started with the black line it does help yeah because otherwise well what you
could do is you could just fill in the whole code you know you could fill in
the whole coat with blue and then you could take your little drawing you know
your little man and come back and then add the black line right over the top so
that’s definitely an option is just to fill in the whole area with blue and
some people would you know taking a completely different approach and not
start layering the shading which is what I’ve done on some of them start laying
I think the shading right away but I’ll be honest with you this is kind of the
quicker way actually even putting you know put a filling in the whole area
with blue is probably even quicker I think it might be like you know
sometimes you make a cake and you do the all in one method and some days you have
the patience to you know blend your butter and your sugar first you know and
then add your eggs and then add your dry it really just depends on you know that
you can take a different approach you don’t have to even own one approach you
can have multiple approaches okay so we’re gonna finish his beard and stuff
but hey let’s get this coat a little more developed because it’s just
straight blue and you might like that you might like it
just straight straight blue the punch tools someone asks does the rubber band
really help hold it together yeah look it holds them all together it’s just an
awesome little tool we always think our friend Jennifer field for this tool love
it okay so now that I have that in place let’s add a little darkness to this coat
even if that’s all you do so we’ll take a little bit of our blue and oh we have
cobalt what we’ll do is we’ll take this blue you can take this blue in this
cobalt and what I like about that blending these two is that just adds a
little bit of life to the coat right away because you just get a little bit
of a mottled color you can just even put that on the sleeve
and it’s gonna be a little more interesting than the straight blue as
well unless that’s what you like but I like their being a little bit of
interesting color in there most things in life aren’t solid solid solid and on
the back of the coat well we can put that same here in the body of the coat
just mix it up a little bit so that it’s not maybe not completely homogeneous
just for a little bit of interest and I know I’m gonna have to hurry huh how
does the time go how did a whole hour go by I’m gonna piece that in a little bit
and I’m gonna add a little bit of dark so this is just the straight cobalt blue
right back here to the base of his coat and down to this corner the corner and
the bottom line look you can just pile it on and not tack it down yet and then
you can take a little bit of this cobalt and a little bit of the black blend
those two together some white bits in there blend those two together and then
just give it like maybe a little dark corner right down here so you can layer
these things on without tacking it down you see how that like kind of instant
right so you can even layer without tacking it down yet and you can use the
same of that little yeah that looks pretty good okay so now we can just tack
that down and I usually use my fine needle this for this because it’s a
little more of a gradual tacking down when I have all those layers on just to
kind of gently get them into place all right I’m gonna hurry rush on my
little gnome bits and let me tell you this since I’m not gonna have time to
finish this and make it all smooth take your time with your 42 triangles your
cluster tool and your single 42 triangle and just get that all nice and smooth
okay so let’s finish up our little face here and and what do we have going on
I’m going to add beard that’s to esthar okay so I’m gonna get his beard in place
here and I’m gonna get the beard underneath his coat in place too and you
can just put it on there you don’t think you don’t have lines you don’t need
lines at all you can just pick a point this beard probably goes back about this
far and you’ll have the little reference drawing that you can look at any time
I’m not gonna look at it today and just bring that beard down kind of as long as
you want and notice I’m just guiding that the fibers down and once you get
that basic shape in place then you can add a little bit of character to it so
I’ll take this piece I don’t even twist twist the end a little bit so I can kind
of get a point to it and then I’m going to have that point come off a little bit
just to give it a little bit of fun oh that’s a great idea so see how that
just adding that little point kind of added some interest and this whole thing
is loose I mean I confess this whole thing could be a little more tight so
it’s gonna take time it’s like decorating a cake or something you
really need to you know spend the time to give yours the finesse that you want
but let’s get that face in place so you can see how to do it because that’s
probably a little intimidating to people but we kept the drawing really really
simple all right so we have a basic face in here and what I want to do is carve
out a little cheek area so I’m gonna take my needle and just scoot this white
back a little bit and give it a little more shape I want my guy to have a
little bit of a cheek and a little bit of an eye so for my cheek I blended oh a
pinch a pinch a pinch of the straight red with the pale well with it’s not
pale peach with the peachy just a tiny tiny bit we want to blend a little bit
and give him a rosy cheek and it’s gonna be so small if it’s too red you can
always put another patch right over the top but he can have ready cheeks it’s
really cold out there where he’s decorating his tree drop it just right
on there I mean close enough nan says yeah drop it right on there and then use
your little needle just keep it under the beard so tack it down gently and
tuck all those little extra bits under the beard I said if it’s too red you can
just drop a tiny piece at the pale peach right back over the top so mine feels a
little red and that’s okay at least you have it in there and you can blend it
more or peel it out if you don’t like it before you do but you can also just take
another tiny tiny pinch of that fiber drop it right over the top and once you
tack it down he’ll just look like he kind of has it
cheak and it won’t be too hot very jolly yeah yeah jolly Jolly okay now for his
eye we just want the suggestion of an eye like for me I didn’t want something
too too too strong so you can again take your black you can even blend it with
this peachy color so that you just mute that black a little bit we want it just
a suggestion of an eye I don’t even have his eye open he’s too little to even
worry about all that but at least my guy feels like it so now all I have is this
little tiny line of fiber and I’m just going to tack it down you don’t want it
to go to the end of the face it’s just right there now we’re gonna add the
eyebrow he’s got to have them big bushy eyebrows and you know they can even
stick up over the top of his hat you know so take it just a pinch of the
white just glob it on there you don’t have to fuss with it and then just pick
your point where’s it gonna be round those edges out tuck it down and swirl
it around a little bit you can stick up over the top of the Hat he needs an ear
so he can hear when the cookies are done they’re in the oven so glob on a little
bit for that ear and just make a little mound you know just the ear can be just
any shape that you want you don’t need a pattern or anything just kind of make
the suggestion of an ear and start tacking it down the fun thing about the
wool is it it’ll just kind of go where you tell it to so stick his ear back
there make sure you leave a little room so he has sideburns because every proper
gnome has good sideburns I’m gonna take a pinch of wool that’s
cute just a pinch of wool let’s just make a little ball of wool for his fist
cuz we don’t need to find fingers we just want him to have a little fist that
he can put his ornament in place just tack it right on to the end of that
sleeve it could just be a ball could just be a suggestion of a fist I’m
hurrying I’m out of time right I’m over okay there’s my there’s my fist and yeah
let’s hurry hurry hurry I’ll give him a little ornament so I
didn’t show you all how to do how to do the blanket stitch but you can you can
look that up online I came prepared to show you how I do it and I’ll see
whether I can record any kind of support video tomorrow or another day my goal
this year was to show you how to install a zipper and I never have done that
either here’s my around ornament but I will see if I can if there’s any way I
can record a video to show you you know how easy it is to do the blanket stitch
or how to sew the zipper I promise I will I’m gonna give that good careful
thought so here’s our little ornament and you don’t felt that so you get it in
place I’m going to zoom out real quick real quick and let’s look at the bottom
it’s super easy what I’m gonna say is for the bottom of the tree is get your
maybe the chestnut we just put the chestnut in place and then are there one
brown or two Browns in the kit and oh there’s two Brown
yeah there’s two Browns right because we’re gonna do Brown for his pants so I
wasn’t able to finish in the time which is surprising considering how much we we
did with the other one the little 2d picture but I think you all kind of get
the idea and what I’ll do is I will I’ll keep
recording this so that we can upload a completed one at least of the picture to
YouTube yep and so are there any final questions before we any final questions
before we have to sign off I know we’re over time on wooly Wednesday already so
there any final questions that you all would like answered someone says I need
a 36-hour day my husband will tell you I would just pile more in I just kind of
shape but I mean I think people have different techniques or styles and I
tend to you know do a lot of my shaping actually on the felt so I think it’s you
know just really your choice and then here in this little pants I’m
just going to draw a little line straight down and then you can make as
boots black originally we wanted his boots to be gray but they didn’t show up
at all on this on this felt and you can even outline the whole little drawing if
you want you know in you know in black like maybe that maybe that speaks to you
I like to I like to add some color to the tree trunk and add a little
dimension in there and mm-hmm so I’m interested to hear how many
people are you think like are you going to try this are you gonna make a pillow
or are you gonna make a table runner what kind of speaks to you I know some
people talked about decorating a stocking that sounds like a swell idea
he asked how would you clean the pillow you the the best thing to do would be to
bang out you know it’s all probably only gonna be out for a month you know a
month and a half at most so I would say to bang it out really good air it out
outside a little bit and tuck it away for the year like but if it gets dirty
then you’ll probably want to just clean it hand clean it with soap and water you
know but you know maybe you can just vacuum it and clean it lightly so look
notice that the boots like we don’t even put in a bunch of dimensions and you
still get the idea you know that those are that those are his boots and I’m
gonna just trim right around the back of his pants and the whole thing needs to
be gone over really well and smoothed out now with the snow on the bottom I’ll
just show you all I did was just drag this you know just drag this wide around
based on them based on his mound so I jumped off of where his mount goes and
then put the snow you know there and then just kind of swooped it around and
kind of banged it all down with my needles and get it all flat thank you so
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6 thoughts on “#gnome #nisse #tomte #woolywednesday NEEDLE FELT TUTORIAL – I’LL BE GNOME FOR CHRISTMAS PILLOW

  1. Could you use a water soluble sheet…the pattern is simply traced on it. Then needle felton top, Soak the finished project in cold water, which dissolves the sheet, and then just tack any little bits if neccessary. The cutting apart of pattern pieces like that seems a bit laborious.

  2. This is one of the most adorable holiday home decor projects EVER! The colors just give such a wonderful winter warmth and fun. I can’t tell you how mushy these make my heart when I see them! Can hardly wait to get started!! #livingfelt #livingfeltfortheholidays

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