Tutorial: Needle Felted Bead with Craft Felt, by Kia Dallons
|"Strange Quark" Needle felted and embroidered bead. Craft felt, wool roving, metallic embroidery thread.|
It should look somewhat like this when you are ready for the next step.
From the end. You can see the felt is tightly rolled.
You can see the first round is getting narrower.
Viewed from the end. Next, define the holes. Open the hole up a bit, and spread the edges out. You will need to occasionally ream out the hole with the felting needle while you are working, to keep it clear.
Working at an angle, and close to the surface of the bead, tack the edges away from the hole.
Now define the hole even more, by working from the inside towards the outside. Work it down until the edges are no longer visible.
|It should look like this.|
Roll the roving a bit between your palms to get it to make a loose rope. Wrap around the bead. I like to start at the hole, so that it's easy to keep track of where it is, but it's up to you.
Tack it down. I'm using a multi-needle holding tool for this. It's not necessary, just faster.
You can make bends and swirls by tacking a spot and then wrapping a different direction.
Once you are happy with the design, go over it again with the needles and get everything pretty well stuck on there.
Next, I added a layer of red roving over the black, and tacked it down.
Ready to jab a million times. Once the roving is pretty well on, I switch back to the single needle for better control.
Keep on jabbing! Remember to keep the hole open.
Eventually it will become very firm, as all the fibers get tucked down. I could have kept going, making it smaller and less fuzzy, but I liked it like this.
|From the end.|
|I added some metallic embroidery ( which is hard to see in the pic ), and put it on a head pin with some beads. Finis!|