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Mar 20 2011

Needle Felting Ring Tutorial

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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:

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  • 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!

Instructions:

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1) Place the fibre between your palms and roll it so that the fibre holds together.

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2) Wrap it around your finger to make the ring-shape; it will shrink slightly so wrap it loosely.

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3) Put the fibre in between your index finger and thumb, and roll it around so that the fibre holds together.

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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!

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(5) Keep poking the needle until the fibre is compressed.

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(6) Sew on the embellishments.

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And voila! Cute and easy!

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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.

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5 Commnents to “Needle Felting Ring Tutorial”

  1. Thanks for stopping by, Lea! You can gently hand-wash them in warm water (without soap/detergent) or in cold water using mild soap. Basically, the ring would shrink with the combination of warm water + soap/detergent + friction.
    Hope this helps xx

  2. Beautiful! But how should they be cleaned if they get dirty or dusty? Any suggestions for care would ne lovely! :)

  3. Thanks Sara :)

  4. love them too..nice idea

  5. Love these.. will have to give them a try..
    thanks so much for posting..

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