What fun! I learned to do needle punch felting and make this adorable hedgehog!
Wanting to practice my hand at needle felting, I purchased this Dimensions Hedgehog Needle Felting kit. It included everything I needed – except a pair of scissors. The kit included instructions, felting needle, felting pad, sewing needle, embroidery floss, and wool roving in three colors.
I unrolled the wool roving wondering how I would ever be able to make a hedgehog out of it. The idea is to make a shape with the roving and punch it repeatedly with a sharp, barbed needle to firmly interlock the fibers into a firm, solid form. This is a “dry” version of felting as opposed to “wet” felting done when a wool sweater is agitated in hot water to interlock the fibers into more solid form.
Following the instructions, I rolled the lightest-colored wool roving into an egg-shaped form and started poking at it repeatedly with the felting needle. As promised, after about 30 minutes of rolling and poking, I ended up with a fairly firm shape – that did not quite match the template.
I wanted to add more to the top but made the legs first so I would be sure to have enough. The legs will be attached by using the felting needle to poke the fluffy part at the top into the body of the hedgehog.
After adding some extra light-colored roving to the top, I stretched out the dark brown roving into thin three layers and placed them on the top. It felt like I was adding a toupee to a bald head! It is still puffy because I had not starting felting it with the needle. I saved some dark brown in case I wanted to add to the shape after felting. The light brown will be the ears and nose.
In the background you can see the felting needle stuck in the felting mat. The mat allows the needle to go deeply in and out of the wool roving for more interlocking of fibers. It is a good idea to place the felting mat on top of a cutting mat or magazine because the needle does go through the mat as well.
Needle felting is not a craft I would recommend for children. The felting needle is very sharp! I poked myself once – and it was painful. Fortunately, I bled on the wool under the brown layer, so it does not show.
Ta-dah! It was surprisingly easy to form and attach the nose and ears. The black embroidery floss was used to make French knots for the eyes and the brown floss for the quills.
The instructions and illustrations in the Dimensions Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit were clear and easy to follow. It took about 4-5 hours to do the needle felting and assemble the hedgehog. Before adding his nose, I nervously cut off over a 1/2″ of his snout to improve his shape. At first the raw edge looked bad, but after some more poking with the felting needle, I was able to make the area under his nose look the same as the rest of the body.
I am pleased with how my hedgehog turned out and plan to use him as a pincushion for my needle when I sew.
Wouldn’t you like to make one just like me? I am so adorable!