Needle Felting Tutorial: Skulls for Halloween
I have a confession to make today – I am a Halloween virgin. No, never experienced ‘Trick or Treat’ (little bit sad, really). I think it’s because we Japanese don’t really celebrate Halloween, and Halloween isn’t such a big deal (or so it seems to me) in Britain. My impression is that British people are more excited about Guy Fawkes Night (5th of November); maybe this might change if Halloween was a Bank Holiday (public holiday)…?
So anyway, for this year’s Halloween, I want to do something special. But as I am a Halloween virgin, I don’t really know where to start. My main concerns are:
- What do adults with no kids do on Halloween?
- What time would people start Trick or Treating?
- What’s the age limit for Trick or Treating – would I, a 31-year-old, get arrested if I try it alone?
- How many sweets shall I give per child?
- Am I supposed to say something magical when giving sweets to children?
- What shall I do when I prepare lots of sweets then no one turn up?
See? This is getting scary. So many things that I have to Google… (or, of course, you could kindly let me know how it actually works). Anyway, today’s skull making is my first small step towards proper Halloween!
You will need:
- wool roving (white and black)
- felting needle
- foam pad/ felting mat
1) First of all, you’ll need this much amount of fibre for the skull. The skull will become roughly 3.5 x 2.5 cm.
2) Pull off a tuft and lay half of them vertically, then lay the other half horizontally on top.
3) Roll the fibre between your hands to create a ball.
4) Place the ball on your felting mat and poke it with the felting needle from every angle, creating the ball into egg-like shape.
5) Keep poking until the fibre is compressed.
6) From here, it’s face-making time. Take a small amount of black fibre and roll it between your fingers to create a thin rope.
7) Place the fibre on the skull, and stab the felting needle into the fibre and the skull: each stab will push fibres through the skull.
8) Keep stabbing…
9) It looks like a baby alien (you know, the tiny alien inside alien’s mouth?)!!!
10) Keep stabbing… Yes, it still looks like an alien…
11) Now, for the eyes, you’ll need two small balls of black fibre. Take small amount of fibre and roll it between your fingers. The balls should be bigger than your desired size since the fibre will shrink and be pushed into skull.
12) Place one ball on the skull, and stab it into the skull.
13) Repeat the process to add the other eye and a nose.
14) Next, make a small flat circle with black fibre. Don’t felt the middle of the circle too much, otherwise it won’t stick to the skull.
15) Place the circle on the skull, and stab it into the skull.
16) Make another small circle,
17) and stab it into the hat.
18) Give the old man a final touch, and you’re done!
I made another skull with a flower on so that the old man won’t be so lonely.
Mr T, who just saw the skulls, says they remind him of Day of the Dead rather than Halloween. Oops…
So, I made ‘Day of the Dead themed’ Halloween decoration at one corner of my printer’s tray. I know, there are so many new things to learn every day…