Needle Felted Leaves Wool Roving Fall Craft

Needle Felted Leaves Wool Roving Fall Craft

This week the girls and I made a bunch of needle felted leaves for our fall craft. I’m not entirely sure what we are going to do with the completed wool leaves (I have several ideas), but I know another project will be coming shortly. We always enjoy working with natural fibers, and these wool roving leaves are very pleasing.

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Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft Materials:

I really like the tin Maple Leaf and Oak Leaf Cookie cutters we bought that are made in the USA by Ann Clark. They are sturdy and the perfect size for this project.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft Materials

 

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft Directions:

Choose several similar colors of wool roving.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft wool roving

Blend the fibers together by pulling them apart several times and re-aligning the fibers.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft wool roving blend

Set your cookie cutter on your foam mat. Lay the wool roving over the leaf cookie cutter. (Note in the picture I didn’t cover the whole leaf cookie cutter so you could see it in the photo. You should be sure to cover the whole cookie cutter.)

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft leaf cookie cutter

Start with a single needle, work the corners and edges into place. As you do this, work in the wool roving that is hanging over the edge of the leaf cookie cutter.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft cookie cutter

Once the edges have been defined, you can switch to a multi-needle tool to felt down the center of the leaf.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft felting

After the first layer is loosely needle felted, add a second layer of wool roving. Follow the same directions as before.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft adding roving

When the needle felted leaf has begun to take shape, you can remove the cookie cutter. Flip the needle felted leaf over and felt the back as well.

Needle Felted Leaf Fall Craft finishing back

Clean up the edges by using a single needle to felt in the corners.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft single needle

When the needle felted leaf is complete, rub it in between your hands. This will help felt down any additional fuzziness.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft heat friction

Your needle felted leaf is now complete.

Needle Felted Leaf Fall Craft maple leaf

We are making a bunch of needle felted leaves. We have plans of making a larger project with all the colorful wool roving leaves.

Needle Felted Leaves Fall Craft maple leaf oak leaf

 

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art

6 Comments

  1. Thank-you so much for this quick and easy to understand tutorial. I’ve bought my mum some wool roving and tools to experiment with and this is the best tutorial I’ve found to show her what to do

  2. So beautiful! How long does it take approximately? I have tried needle felting before(have the mat and lots of needles) however when I do it, it seems to take a lot of time to get the wool to “stick” and I end up giving up with nothing completed. Am I just not working long enough at it? I would say I go at least 5 minutes and it looks like I haven’t done anything…

    1. Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art
      Author

      Each leaf seems to take about 10-15 minutes total. Make sure you aren’t using too much roving at once. It is better to add on lighter layers. If you use too much at one time it will be harder to felt and will probably turn out lumpy. For our leaves, we found that two layers worked well. Also be careful not to over felt in one spot on the foam mat. My youngest felt one leaf so much that it became one with the foam and it actually tore the mat when we removed it.

      1. Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art
        Author

        Also… if you haven’t tried the cookie cutter method yet… definitely give it a try. It is a great way to get started. You don’t have to worry about making the form.

        1. Thanks for the great tips! I’ll give them a try!

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