Hobby: How to Make a Needle Felt Robin ( Bird)
A robin is a lovely bird. It will be a pleasure to make a needle felt robin. Before getting down to the task of making one, the following items will be required. It’s best to assemble them on a table in an airy room.
Paper template of robin and its wings.
Tailor's chalk pencil and scissors
Sheet of brown and black color felt
Woollen fleece in brown, red, white and grey
Clover tool and mat
Needle and thread
Two beads and a feather
Barbecue skewer and brown colored florists tape
Making a needle felt robin is not a difficult task, but it requires due diligence and some hard work. As the hobbyist is going to handle needles which have a sharp point, elementary precautions must be taken. This craft project will not cost more than £10.
The project can be completed in a day. Beginners may require more time. Once all the items have been assembled work to prepare a robin can begin.
The robin will have to be traced on the brown felt with the tailors chalk pencil. This is a very important step and care must be taken to trace the bird properly. After the bird is traced it has to be cut from the felt with the scissor. Follow up by cutting a small beak from the black felt.
The next step is to pull small tufts of fleece. This fleece is to be felted to the cut out to give the robin its shape. For this the clover tool and mat is to be used. The excess fleece can be trimmed later with a scissor. Once the bird starts taking shape, the hobbyist must make sure that the felting is done on both sides to get a rounded shape. The same process is repeated to make the wings.
Each wing is to be needle felted to each side of the robin to giveit a 3D effect. Once the wings are needle felted the robin is stuffed with a small amount of brown fleece and the gap sealed with the clover tool. This is the time to add the tail feather to give the robin a realistic look.
The next step is to attach the eyes. The two beads will serve the purpose of the eyes and these can be stitched to therobin
The last step involves using the barbecue skewer. This is used along with a self-sticking brown florist's tape. A small hole is made on the underside of the bird by delicately pulling the two sides apart. The sharp end of the barbecue skewer is then inserted. For this glue can be used, but in case the hobbyist does not wish to use glue, a single needle can be used to felt the skewer in place.
Needle felting uses special barbed needles. Care must be taken in handling them. Try and keep the needle at an angle of 90 degree to the cloth so that the needles do not bend or break. In case children are part of the craft class extra care should be taken in handling the needles.
Once the bird has taken shape it is desirable to compare it with the template or a photograph. In case the bird looks realistic the hobbyist can conclude that the day has been a success.