“What do you use to make the needle felted eyes and teeth for your dolls?” The answer is easy… White Merino Batting! If your goal is to make your needle felted creations sparkle with life, this is the wool you need. You will see touches of it in all of my Felt Alive characters. Perfect[…]
BhedaWool is made from a mixture of different New Zealand sheep breeds, such as Rylend, Suffolk, Shetland, Romney, Jacob and others. It is imported from The Netherlands and comes in +-25g (1oz) bundles. It is slightly coarse and hairy with longer fiber than our Felt Alive wool. It’s also not quite as lofty but you[…]
These dense, charcoal grey foam pads make a perfect needle felting work surface. Needle felting involves the use of very sharp felting needles and it is essential to a have a durable yet resilient surface to work on. These pads take the abuse of those sharp needles while providing a stable work surface. Softer[…]
What in the World is Merino Prefelt? It is wool felt fabric that isn’t quite felted! Merino Prefelt is short-fibered merino batting that has been partially felted into very thin sheets on industrial needle felting machines. The end result is a very delicate wool fabric that can be finished into strong 100% Felt with either[…]
Materials and supplies used in this video .5 oz Flesh Tone colored wool 1 oz (.5 oz ea of 2 colors) Needle Felting Wool 2 ea 6″ x 6″ Sheets Merino Prefelt Wool for Details – small amounts of pink, brown and white + needle felting stick Fiber For Hair – hand spun wool yarn,[…]
Fully jointed, flexible and fun. No wires, no glass eyes or clay noses – all you need is wool and a felting needle to needle felt a new best friend! While learning some amazing and fun needle felting techniques, you will create an adorable puppy dog! With big, goofy paws and floppy ears, a tail[…]
Learn the basics of working over wire armatures! Add a splash of fun to your garden or patio with this 1 hour Felt Alive Video Workshop
Using prefelt is fun and can be a real time-saver – I hope you enjoy the video and get lots of new ideas of your own.
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six This workshop is for her head/face only. Here is a photo of my original witch with a completed body. You can learn how to make fully jointed, wire-free needle felted bodies in several other workshops including Felt Alive[…]
Droits Needle Felting Tutorial These guys are silly and adorable – a great exercise in needle felting flexible, wire-free jointed bodies. Workshop Features: 5 Hours Narrated Video Instruction Clear, Birds-Eye View with Close-Ups Unique & Expressive Needle Felted Faces Fully Jointed & Flexible (wire-free) Bodies That Stand on Their Own Hands & Feet Made Easy Fun[…]
Felt along with me and learn the magic of sculptural needle felting! While learning some amazing and fun needle felting techniques, you will create adorable little bunnies! With floppy ears and a cotton (err…wool) tail, Felt Alive Bunnies are great little pets and so fun and easy to bring to life! No Sewing – No[…]
Learn to Make Needle Felted Dolls of Your Very Own! If you’ve needle felted over wire armatures, you are going to feel liberated when you learn how easy it is to construct these sturdy, flexible characters using only wool and felting needles. Needle felt the core structure using core wool batting Connect the parts to[…]
This is such a great video for learning advanced techniques for sweet, smiling needle felted faces with simple bodies. Santa stands on his own without using any wire armatures – from head to toe he’s all needle felted wool.
Felt along with me, and learn the magic of sculptural needle felting! In my easy-to-follow workshop – Needle Felted Funny Faces – You will learn fun and easy techniques for making funny faces out of wool using single barbed felting needles. As you learn to make a head with a funny face, you will learn[…]
Needle Felting is truly an amazing craft. It’s relaxing, meditative, therapeutic, peaceful, magical and a bit mysterious. In this 9 hour long tutorial, I do my best to take the mystery out as I teach you, step-by-step and poke-by-poke, the secrets of bringing wool to life. Needle Felted FAIRY Dolls Workshop Features: Needle felt the[…]
This is a fast and easy project and absolutely perfect for beginners to experience the thrill of bringing wool to life using only wool and barbed felting needles. 1. The Head 2. The Nose 3. The Mouth 4. Sculpting 5. The Eyes 6. Shading 7. The Body 8. Attaching the Head 9. The Arms 10. The Hat
My (slightly greenish) tribute to Alfred Hitchcock …in the moon. “Good Evening”
Step by step instructions to make your own Felt Alive Felting Needles. We use PLASTI DIP® MULTIPURPOSE RUBBER COATING for our handles. You can find plasti dip colors in your local hardware or auto parts stores. Make sure you get Dip not Spray. I use a chemical mask and wear gloves. I dip in a well[…]
Not long after I learned to needle felt dolls, I discovered I had a knack for making the wool look like real people – funny little versions of the real thing. From Elton to Elvis, Janis Joplin to Ellen Degeneres, I’ve been busy bringing the wool to life and the list in my head is[…]
Serendipity: While taking a Sunday drive we spotted a person in a furry costume with a sign that said Farm Open. We followed the sign to a Suri Alpaca Farm and decided to stop in to see if I could find some hair for the doll I’m working on – Freddie Mercury, the late, great[…]
Meet Li’l Whoopi I was so excited to be commissioned to bring Whoopi Goldberg to life in needle felted wool. I couldn’t have thought of of a better subject myself! She is solid needle felted wool with flexible needle felted joints. She stands on her own and is about 12″ tall. I wet felted her[…]
needle-felted-dylan-doll-bw11, originally uploaded by feltalive. I just finished this cool cat – he was a custom commission and my second version of Dylan. For more photos – www.feltalive.com https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf
Li’l Conan & Li’l Donald Trump tearing it up on Li’l Conan’s li’l ATV for a high-octane off-road adventure. And check out The Li’l Donald’s comb-over! My needle felted dolls are pretty tough – it’s hard to believe that these two li’l buddies look no worse for the wear after their wild ride.
I needle felted these silly little woolly worms today over wire. I rarely use wire but this was easy and fun! I wrapped core wool roving around cloth covered florist wire, needle felted it using Felt Alive Super Duper Double Felting needles and covered them with Norwegian C1 premium felting batt – available Felt Alive[…]
Li’l Willie Nelson #2. Little Li’l Willie was one of my early caricatures. Big Li’l Willie is my first attempt to repeat a subject. They are two years apart.
How fun is this!!! This is John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick – legendary keyboardist from The Whowww.rabbitwho.com 2, originally uploaded by jodyahern.
Yes, Shakespeare said “wool of bat”! She has so much attitude! She stands on her own and is about 14″ tall – no wire armature, just needle felted wool! And the good news is that all of the great supplies I made her with are available in my NEW needle felting shop. www.needlefeltingsupplies.com
Lyle Lovett has such an interesting face so I thought he would be the perfect subject for a recent workshop where I taught advanced needle felting techniques for working from photographs. It was the first time I’ve shared my techniques for bringing wool to life as an actual likeness. And I must mention that I’m[…]
The Li’l Boss!! Yes, I made a needle felted caricature of Bruce Springsteen. I listened to his music while I was bringing him to life – it was a great trip down memory lane and very inspirational. And Li’l Bono was happy to share the stage with The Li’l Boss!
Since using U2’s music in my video is a big no-no, I put a playlist here with my favorite U2 songs to play along with the video. Enjoy! http://www.musicplaylist.us/mc/mp3player_new.swf
Today I am so happy because I get to unveil a new Felt Alive Li’l Celebrity. Ladies & Gentleman…….Li’l Ellen DeGeneres!!! And it seems the rest of the Felt Alive stars were pretty excited about her arrival on the scene. Li’l Spock likes these guys but disco dancing remains illogical. After all – Ellen is[…]
I have video workshop customers all over the world but most of them speak English very well. I was so pleased to receive this email from a student in Hungary! “Hi Kay, I send to you photos of my first work. I have great pleasure from it. Thank you very much for your school. Eva[…]
I was looking at my website stats and noticed a bunch of hits coming from a blog called Sweet Station. Then I remembered I had recently submitted a link to my website-They feature really sweet stuff, you can get lost for hours scrolling through the posts & I was delighted to find my Li’l Celebs[…]
An unexpected perk of my Felt Alive business is the amazing emails I get from people just discovering needle felting. I got a great one the other day that I am compelled to share. Hi Kay!My name is Michelle and I asked for your four disc workshop for Christmas and I got it! I am[…]
Li’l Donald Trump.
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We are packing up the dogs, some wool and felting needles and some other bare necessities into our new home on wheels. We have shed most of our worldly belongings and are leaving Alaska for destinations unknown in just a few days. This picture is myself and Patti – a dear friend and one of[…]
They just make me smile!
I have to thank my amazing online students for giving me the idea and the courage to create this project. My students have expressed appreciation for my short, online videos that supplement the written instructions but have requested many times for the videos to be put on DVD for ease of viewing. So, I took[…]
Admiral Spock – Needle Felted, originally uploaded by feltalive. He was quite fun! Those eyebrows and hair were fun but it was the mouth that was so crucial to get right. I’m in love with my Li’l Spock!
Daisy – A Felt Alive Needle Felted Doll, originally uploaded by feltalive. Those of you familiar with my work know that I rarely offer my dolls for sale. As living conditions for my collection get more and more crowded, I am faced with the reality that I must learn to say goodbye. So!! Little Daisy[…]
Will Ferrell – ELF!, originally uploaded by feltalive. My husband requested a Will Ferrell caricature, my nephew suggested the Elf costume – I think it all worked out although I must admit, this li’l dude sort of gives me the creeps. He looks like he is up to no good if you ask me.
I Pity the Fool! Mr. T – needle felted, originally uploaded by feltalive. I captured my Li’l T is the outfit that BA wore in the opening sequence of The “A” Team.
Li’l Travolta Sightseeing in Alaska, originally uploaded by feltalive. I had to make a Li’l Travolta Saturday Night Fever style! Boy does that take me back. I have to find a place with a disco ball for his official photo shoot but in the meantime we took him out sightseeing here in Alaska. When we[…]
The Man in Black needle felted wool, originally uploaded by feltalive. I must say, I’m pretty smitten with my Li’l Cash – he looked like Sean Connery for so long and while I am a fan – Li’l Sean was NOT who this guy was supposed to be. So, like I usually do at that[…]
Clementine, originally uploaded by feltalive. I made Clementine for a VERY special project. She made a long trip to China to a doll manufacturer to study her for possible mass production of my designs. Well, it was no big surprise to learn that they can not be easily reproduced – the style does not lend[…]
Group Shot, originally uploaded by feltalive. Eleven Li’l felted celebrities all in a row! Pretty funny – The Li’l Beatles were the first – their scale is a bit smaller than the others but I love them just they way they are. front row – l-r Li’l Bob Dylan, Li’l Marilyn, Li’l John Lennon, Li’l[…]