With a little bit of regret I am interrupting my Barcelona series with a requested needle felting tutorial. Most of Spain is shut down for the holidays, so I have less classes and more time to do a tutorial of this size. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here is my my stained glass flower series that hangs on my wall. I have had a lot of interest in tutorials for this type of art. I did the "paintings" in the order you see here. I started with the poppies and my husband suggested that I do series for the living room wall. So I chose flowers as the theme, and made sure they were all surrounded by a blue and white sky.
Instructions to make your own:
(Remember you can click any picture to make it bigger.)
Get a piece of felt (the flowers were done on a thrift store sweater I shrunk down). It is necessary to use a piece of felt larger that the size you want to make the finished object. I think that 1 inch or 2.5cm would suffice. The needlefelting process makes the fabric shrink more. The thicker the fabric, the less it shrinks. This fabric is a 1/2cm thick fabric I got from a felt store in the center of Madrid. (Which is a lucky find as I do not know where there are thrift stores here.)
Get some black yarn it would be best if you got non-superwash 100% wool. Superwash and non- wool yarn is harder to felt into the piece (and can flatten out in strange ways as you can see). It can be done, but it is very fragile. I used fingering weight yarn, but you could use any size to vary your "glass seam" thickness. You could of course use silver yarn as well. All I had was 75% wool 25% nylon superwash fingering in black for this tutorial.
Get felting needles of all sizes, scissors, and a piece of felt to felt into.
Felting needles are different from sewing needles. They are either triangular or star shaped, and they have barbs running down the lower portion of the needle. The barbs are able to help tangle the fibers together, or felt, without the addition of water. This website has a clear list of sizes of needles (I have never bought from them, but they look nice).
Basically the smaller the needle the higher the number (like with wire). The bigger the needle the less times you have to punch down the fiber but the bigger the needle hole you get in the fiber. The smaller the needle size the more times you have to punch down the fiber, and the smaller the needle hole. It is a good idea to start with a bigger needle then move on to a finer needle for the detail work. Star needles have more barbs and felt faster than triangle needles. For this piece I used a 36 Star needle and then a 38 triangle needle to finish.
I felt in my lines first, and then color in the space in between. Not only is it charmingly like coloring when you where little, it is easier this way. The only draw back is that you then have to be very careful to felt in the color up to the lines but not cover the black.
Then I trimmed the edges to tidy up everything.
Here is a link to my Flickr needlefelt folder if you wish to look at my projects and see different varieties of needlefelting.
Part two of my Barcelona trip will be up tomorrow.