Halloween decorations felt pumpkins tutorial
For anyone of a crafty persuasion, Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts is a great resource. Founder, Sandy, shares masses of brilliant free needle felting tutorials and creative ideas. She also sells really well-produced craft kits and supplies. As they make the perfect handmade Halloween decorations, I was delighted when Sandy kindly agreed to share her needle-felted pumpkin pattern and video tutorial with us. With all the step-by-steps and info you need, this feels like the perfect seasonal craft project. So why not enjoy hand making your Halloween decorations this year?
Halloween decorations – step one: download the free pattern
Click here or on the image above to download your free halloween decorations felted pumpkin pattern PDF.
The pattern takes you through all the stages with lots of helpful tips and all the info you need.
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Sandy sells a wide range of felting supplies and kits in her online shop
Find the cutest felting kits with all the materials and instructions you need as well as felting wool bundles in a wide range of beautiful colour combinations. There is also a lovely natural, undyed British breeds wool bundle.
Etsy is another good place to find felting supplies:
Key tips to remember before you start:
1 Firm is key to successful 3D needle felting. Firm (not hard) but still springs back when squashed.
2 Roll parts quite tightly before beginning to felt – this will greatly reduce your felting time.
3 Needle felting is a short stabbing motion into your wool which tangles and locks the fibres; your needle should only pierce the top of felting surface, and not at all when turning and felting larger body parts.
4 Turn as you felt any piece. This will give your structure its shape and prevent ‘dents’ in your finished shape.
5 Start with less than you think you will need; You can add wool to make your shape bigger but you can’t take it away. 6 When fully felted your piece will be approximately 30% smaller than the shape you started with.
7 Only move your needle straight up and down: not at an angle as this will most certainly break the needle!
8 Keep your fingers out of the way of the needle; it hurts when you stab them!
As Halloween decorations go, these felted wool pumpkins are definitely the cutest I’ve seen. According to Sandy, this project is suitable for beginners. I love her disclaimer: ‘needle felting is highly addictive and can lead to compulsive creativity. I cannot be held responsible for unwashed dishes, rejected friends and family, hungry pets…’
And, as Sandy says: ‘It is important to know a few basics about needle felting but equally important is that this is YOUR creation. No two sculptures will ever be the same because you are creating with your hands, you are not a machine. You may decide to make changes. BRILLIANT! Make it your own.
Most importantly, be patient and enjoy the process of creating. Take your time and remember “the devil is in the detail” so tempting though it is, don’t rush when you are getting near the end of your project. Sit back and decide on your finishing touches. Make it simple, quirky or as detailed as you like.’
Watch the video tutorials
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Gosh these are absolutely lovely – I’m afraid to say, they’re even more beautiful than the lovely pumpkins I’m so proud of in my veg patch!!
Glad you like them – Happy Halloween to you too! 😊