Needle Felting Ring Tutorial
Today, I’d like to share a tutorial on how to make cute, colourful rings with needle felting technique. It’s quick and easy, so it’d be a perfect project for first-time felter or children too. Just remember; be careful not to poke your fingers because the felting needle really, really hurts!
You will need:
- wool fibre (Pingu ruler is 12cm; it should give you a rough idea how much wool is needed for one ring)
- felting needle and foam pad/ felting mat
- beads or any embellishments
- sewing needle and thread
*You can use foam pad or felting mat for needle felting. I used to use foam pad, but it does get battered quite easily. Now I use ordinary kitchen sponge with a very thin sheet of foam on top (as in the picture); it’s cheap and works well, and when the sponge gets battered, I can still use it for cleaning!
1) Place the fibre between your palms and roll it so that the fibre holds together.
2) Wrap it around your finger to make the ring-shape; it will shrink slightly so wrap it loosely.
3) Put the fibre in between your index finger and thumb, and roll it around so that the fibre holds together.
4) Lay the fibre on your foam/mat and poke it with the felting needle from every angle. Only move your needle straight up and down; if you move your needle sideways, the tip will break off. And be careful not to poke your fingers!
(5) Keep poking the needle until the fibre is compressed.
(6) Sew on the embellishments.
And voila! Cute and easy!
The dark navy ring is made with Romney wool, and the pink and purple ones with Merino wool; Romney felts quicker but it has rougher finish with flyaway fibres, as you can see in the pictures. For smoother finish, I recommend Merino or wet felting afterwards.