Needle Felting Animals From Cookie Cutters

I went to a local Fibre Fair this weekend.  It was a lot better than the craft fair I went to with my daughter.  There were some local artists and crafts people (mostly women).  It wasn’t a big event, but I went and looked, learned a few things and got inspired.  I think I spent most of the time chatting to everyone.  There were some very talented people there.  I bought some wool.  How surprising! Ha!  It would have been rude not to.  I bought some Romney wool from Kent.  It is a chunky batt sliver and will make a good base for future critters.   I also bought some nice white top coat.  The most fun thing I purchased were these Wensleydale locks.

IMG_4784These are hand dyed and will make great elements in a felted painting.  These locks are so much nicer than the dyed locks I purchased from another supplier.  OMG, I actually sound like I know what I am talking about!  That’s the funny thing when I start something new – I always learn stuff.  I am learning about sheep and all the different types of wool.  Considering that we have a lot of sheep near where we live (and it is lambing season now, so cute) it would be rude not to learn about them.

So, after I had a look around the fair and got inspired, I went to the shops and did a few errands.  I found some cookie cutters in the shape of jungle animals in the pound shop and had an idea to make some brooches.

IMG_4781Yes, you can felt things in a cookie cutter.  These are only 2-3 inches tall.  They still take a lot of stabbing (technical term).  I saw a demo using a heart shaped cookie cutter to make a garland.  I made the giraffe and elephant quite thick because I wanted the neck of the giraffe and trunk of the elephant to be quite sturdy.  Once the critters were quite firm, I embellished them.  I added tails to the giraffe and lion, an ear to the elephant and the rest.  I just googled pictures of the animals.  I think they look really cute and would make a fun brooch or a mobile as they are as light as a feather.  I only worked on one side as they will be turned into brooches.  My daughter asked me why the monkey looked angry and I told her he was having a bad hair day.  I might try and turn the giraffe into a llama as they have a similar shape.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled for some fun cookie cutters next time I go out to the charity shops and such.  Hey, I just thought they could also make great fridge magnets too!