Before I share the tutorial for these Needlefelted Easter Eggs, I thought I’d share a little ancient history. (I find it fascinating and I hope you do, too.) Long before people were spinning, weaving and knitting fibers together, people were making fabric for clothes and shelter by felting fibers to form a dense felt. In fact, the oldest, felted fabric dates back to 6300 B.C. How cool is it that today’s Felted Eggs share in a tradition that’s thousands of years old? Fortunately, making these Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs is a lot easier!
The tutorial for these pretty, Needlefelted Easter Eggs does not include hunting and gathering, or shaping your needle from an old bone, promise! (Thanks to Living Felt for the history lesson.)
To make the Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” Eggs
- Wool roving in pastel colors, plus tiny bits of black and orange
- Satin ribbon, ¼” wide, in coordinating colors
- Fabric glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; heavyweight felting needle* (Rebekah used the Clover Needle Felting Tool); ruler; straight pins
*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at all times. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in project.
To make the Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs:
1. Loosely cover an egg in blue roving, and felt the roving into the balls by repeatedly inserting the needle into the foam over and over again. This locks the fibers in place, and they’ll hold tight to the egg without glue. Add more roving as needed for a smooth, solid look.
2. Repeat Step 1 to cover remaining eggs with yellow, pink, green and white roving as shown.
3. Add the details to each egg:
Blue egg: Roll small pieces of roving into balls, and felt the balls onto the egg.
Green egg: Felt long, thin, vertical stripes onto the green egg, and then add two horizontal stripes around the egg, creating a plaid pattern.
Yellow egg: Shape a small, flat heart from pink roving and felt it on to the egg.
Pink egg: Roll one small yellow ball and six small blue balls from the roving, and felt the balls to the egg to form a flower.
White egg: Felt a ball of yellow roving onto the egg for the duck’s head. Shape a half-circle of yellow roving and needlefelt to the egg for the body. Shape a smaller tear drop for the wing, and loosely needlefelt it to the body. Keep it loose, so the wing has some dimension. Needlefelt a tiny bit of orange for the duck’s bill, and a tiny black ball for the eye.
4. Cut 6″ ribbon length for each hanger. Glue and pin ends to tops of eggs. Tie small bows, and glue over the pins.
I have one more tutorial planned for the Easter Eggstravaganza, so don’t miss next week. I hope you’ve been following each day, and leaving a comment, too. Each comment you leave is another entry in the Most Eggscellent giveaway of Crafts, Coffee and Candy:
- One dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- A $25 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby)
- A craft apron
- Starbuck’s Via Coffee
- Easter candy!
(Note: The winner will receive all of the goodies in the basket, but not the basket.)
Happy Easter Egg Crafting.