A couple of years ago I bought a bag of needle felting supplies from a friend as something to try myself and see whether it was actually possible to use some of the skills with the kids. I discovered fairly quickly how much I enjoyed this craft and have been working on a few little projects. Our first attempt was some easy needle felted hearts which were perfect for kids to make, then one of our contributors Erin created a beautiful Welt Felted Play Mat for Winter with her child and I shared more recently my first tutorial on creating a 3D Needle Felted bird. Today I’m back with another needle felting project that is ideal for beginners – a Needle Felted Rainbow – this would be perfect for spring or even St Patrick’s Day. So here goes a needle felting tutorial on creating a simple rainbow.
Check out over on Red Ted Art where we share how to make the needle felted shamrock that you can see in the image above
Materials needed for your Beginner Needle Felted Rainbow
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Wool Roving in
and a cookie cutter – egg-shaped or round just to get you started
Step-by-step Creating your Felted Rainbow
I find needle felting very therapeutic the act of doing the stabbing of the wool and the making something out of just wool has turned into a little bit of self-care for me. So this project is great for older kids and also you to have a go at.
At the moment I am still starting all of my projects in a cookie cutter because I’m a little clumsy this means that I don’t end up stabbing myself quite as often whilst I try and make the first moves on the felt – but we warned I also broke 2 needles stabbing a little too vigorously into the side of the metal cookie cutter!
- Start with red and lay it out in your cookie cutter.
- Then stab it to start to felt it together.
- Once the strands have started to come together remove the cookie cutter and work on it on your needle felting mat.
- Send the needle in at an angle so that the barbs start to felt the wool.
- Work along the top edge and then the bottom edge – shape an arc as you move across the bottom by bending the red and poking the needle in following the arc that you want to create.
- Continue felting the red until you have a fairly solid arc of red. This can take some time but you will find that once it starts to come together it will become quicker and quicker.
- Don’t reach the point where the felt is solid as we will come back and complete the felting of the whole rainbow at the end.
- Take your orange wool and place over and into a sausage around the bend of the rainbow.
- Needle felt this into place – start with the edge connected with the red and secure this by felting through the orange and red.
- Then turn your rainbow and felt into the orange along the arc.
- Repeat steps 8 – 10 with the yellow, then green, then blue and lastly violet wool.
- As you go neaten the ends needle felting them together.
- Continue to felt your rainbow until you can feel the felt and the needle is harder to remove.
- To create the cloud take some white wool and form a basic cloud shape.
- Felt it by inserting the needle in and pulling it out.
- To create the bumps on the cloud focus your needle into specific areas and stab these closer together to form the dips between the bumps.
You can finish off the Rainbow by adding a brooch pin to the back and sewing it into place or even hot gluing a magnet to create a fridge magnet of your rainbow.
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