Needle Felting a Winter Gnome


Downloads2-013Meet Sedgewick The Winter Gnome.  He is finished except that I am waiting for his ski poles to arrive and then I can glue him down to the wood base.  He is only a few inches high.  I really love him!


Needle Felting a Forest Gnome

After making my first Gnome, I got the bug.  I wondered how I could make something different to the traditional Gnome and came up with this little (well, not really so little) guy.
Downloads2-001This is the start of my Forest Gnome, The Mushroom Forager.  He is made up of one solid piece of core wool.  I used Romney wool from a farm in Romney Marsh.  Apparently the sheep eat seaweed.  It felts really nicely, but is a bit dear.  I’ve also used Teeswater locks for the beard and hair.  These locks are so beautiful!  The topcoat is Corriedale and the jacket is Jacob batt.  I used Marino pre-felt for the nose, ears and hands.  In this photo, he can stand alone.  It is important to me that he can do that.  Here he is finished.

IMG_4962As you can see, I added a couple of extra mushrooms to his head/hat.  My daughter said he looked a bit rude (my translation) when I showed her the first photo.  I gave him some boots.  He can still stand alone as I haven’t mounted the base to his butt yet.  There is real moss and a feather on his base.  Once I am completely satisfied, I will felt the base to his butt and then glue the base to a slice of white birch that I got in the post today.

So, this Forest Gnome is called Richard, The Mushroom Forager.  He is ever on the hunt for the elusive boletus mushroom.  On his base he is 11.5 inches tall!

A considerable amount of stabbing went into this guy!  I just need to make one smaller!


Needle Felting a Gnome

Gnomes are a fabled race of dwarf like creatures that live underground and guard treasure hoards.  As far as I am concerned, gnomes are real.  If you search the internet, there are so many types of gnomes and so many ways to make them.  I spent a few good hours looking at video tutorials before I worked out how I would like to make my very first gnome.  Firstly, most gnomes have red hats and blue shirts.  They also have beards.  They are also not very tall.  I always enjoy how others make their gnomes.  Some people even use wire armatures.  I still haven’t ventured into making anything with a full armature.  I wanted my first gnome to be easy, but still cute.  Here he is.

Downloads2-001I can’t tell you how many videos I watched!  But I just cherry picked the bits that stood out to me and I created this little cutie.  I will tell you how I made him.  Firstly, all of his wool is Corriedale carded slivers from World of Wool.  The beard is a lovely soft topcoat that I purchased from a lady at the Fibre Fair that I went to.  Some people use curly locks, which I have, but I wanted something different.  I didn’t have any flesh colored wool for the nose, ears and hands, but I did have some flesh colored pre-felt Marino.  Surprisingly, it felted up really well and I may continue to use that as my go-to features wool.

I started by making the base with core wool wrapped around a skewer.  This little guy is made out of one whole piece, including the hat.  I sculpted the core wool for the had area and then I felted on the blue for his shirt and then red for the had.  I had to continually re-sculpt the hat area to make the folds.  I felted a separate piece for the hat brim.  Then I made the nose and ears before adding the beard.  That was the really fun bit.  I then made the arms and shoes.  I decided to use bells on the shoes.  I still thought he needed something, so I made a staff with bells on.  If I find a bell large enough, I will add it to his hat and then he will be my Jingle Bell Gnome! 🙂  Although I think this Gnome is easy to make, he required a considerable amount of stabbing as I wanted him to be very firm.  He doesn’t bend.  There are no wires.  There is a trend for what I call soft felting and moveable armatures.  Although soft felting makes it easy to pose an item, it is also easier to damage it.  So, I have decided that I will stick to firm felting and if I venture out to create critters on armatures, they will end up in one pose only.  In fact, I went over all of the little critters I made so far and gave them a good poking!  They actually look better and will last longer.

I had some time to figure out how I wanted to display my Gnome, so I made him a base as the piece of wood I have is too small for him.


I really need to take better photos, but hopefully you get the idea.  He is standing on a piece of grass with stones and moss.  After all, they do live in the woods!