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How to needle felt toadstools

 

 

 

 

 

Materials:
New Zealand red wool batts
White or cream core wool such as (whitest first, last the creamiest)
Shetland
Gotland
Standard Core / Stuffing
Ryeland
Fox Sheep

Tools:
Medium and fine felting needles
felting mat
Use the picture tutorial at the end for visual guidance!
Roll a good pinch of core wool into a sausage shape and felt down the wispy ends to secure the shape. Use your medium needle. Then work on one end by stabbing straight into the end to create an indentation.
This will help the toadstool to stand securely. Felt the rest of the oblong shape by stabbing at a shallow angle from the top towards the bottom. This will firm it up but at the same time make the lower part more bulbous and the top more pointy.
Take a good pinch of red and flatten into a circular piece. Use your medium needle and only felt a circular area inside of about 5cm. Only work from one side but still keep lifting off the wool to stop it from fastening onto the mat. Next fold over the edges in towards the flatter circular area and securing the wispy ends. Still only work from the same side. You will now have a round disc with thick round edges. Next squeeze this shape between your fingers inwardly and for the first time stab the shape on the other side where you are bending the edges in. This will create more of a cap and you can continue stabbing again from the other side (underneath the cap) to tidy the rough edges away.
Next fit the cap onto the stem. Using a little more core wool, add a strand to the underneath of the toadstool felting this into the red cap and the stem at the same time. Make sure you do not stab the needle too far into the red when fastening the core wool to it as we don't want those lighter fibres to come out on top of the cap. Work your way all around the underneath of the cap and top of stem until both shapes are securely fastened. then re-shape the red cap and top of the toadstool stem again. You are still using your medium needle.
Next roll 8-10 small balls from the core wool between your fingers. They can be of varying sizes and toadstool have sometimes small and larger spots all at once. Position each ball one at a time at the end of your fine needle and felt onto the top in random order. Make sure you felt around the red once the white dot has been added, as you probably need to even out any indentations. Add more or less spots if you like.
Optional: if you have a little brown or green, add a dusting around the base of the toadstool to give the impression of earth or grass.

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