Needle felted mushroom how-to!

Hello folks!
Here it goes – my very first, ever, ever sparkly tutorial! This time it’s not crochet related but still ‘shroom related! DSCN1818

So here we go! First you need to gather all the things that you will need together. Some red wool roving, white wool roving, a needle felting pad, a needle felting tool – the one I use is from Clover, red or white yarn and a wool needle. Oh and a sponge and scissorts have crept in too – very handy.

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Take your needle felting tool, your pad and a palm sized chunk of red wool roving, give it a good tear to separate the fibres and then roll it into a rough ball with your palms. Then the fun starts. Start to form the shape by needle felting the rough ball.

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It will start to come together to form a more solid ball shape quite quickly – don’t worry that the bottom is flat. ‘Shrooms don’t mind having flat bottoms! When you take it off the felting mat it will be a bit ‘poofy’ on it’s bottom. We can fix that! This is where I get a little sneaky and remove the lid from the needle felting tools and take out just one of the needles so I can be more accurate when I smooth it.

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This is also where the kitchen sponge comes in as the last thing you want to do is make the top of the mushroom ‘poofy’! Place your mushroom upside down on the sponge and use the single needle to tidy it up a bit around the edges. You don’t need to worry too much about the middle as this is where the stalk will fit.

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Now for the stalk. Take a chunk of white wool roving – about as long as your index finger will do the trick nicely. I usually roll it between my palms to make a tube and then needle felt it on the mat to make it a little bit more solid.

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Don’t panic if you’ve a longer tube by this stage than you need – just chop a bit off with scissors! I normally leave the very end rough until I’ve needle felted it on to the underneath of the ‘shroom. You don’t need to be too precise with this as mushrooms are very forgiving but I normally felt this bit with a single needle to make sure I can get all the way round the base of the stalk. If you give it a tug after you think you’ve finished it should feel secure.

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Now you can tidy up the end of the stalk if you want to – sometimes I leave mine rough as they still look gorgeous! For this I use a single needle and the sponge.

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You should have something that looks a bit like this.

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Take a small amount of the white roving and roll until you have a teeny ball.

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Next we are going to attach it to the mushroom using a single needle again.

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The more you stab that needle the flatter and smoother the white ball will get. I usually attach three white blobs to my ‘shrooms but really the world is your oyster ( or lobster??!!) Et voila!

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Now the very final part is to attach some wool to hang it with – enter needle and wool!

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Tie the wool and Bob’s your Uncle there you have it – a needle felted mushroom. Mine are now on the Christmas tree but live at the Toadstool in some capacity all year round!

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I hope that my very first ever tutorial fits the bill as a little Christmas present to you all!! You never know – more may now follow.

Until next time I wish you all a very sparkly, magical Christmas.

Emma

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Christmas is nearly here!

It’s a week until Christmas day – things in the Toadstool are getting a little fraught exciting! As a little Christmas present to all you lovely people I have a needle felted mushroom tutorial heading your way in the next few days (when I’ve wrestled mr computer and made him publish my photos!)- keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, here’s a little christmassy photo of my gorgeous trio of candles to get us all in the mood!

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Until next time, hope you are more organised than I am!
Emma x

Getting Christmassy!

Getting Christmassy!

Well the tree is all decorated … This year ‘shrooms have made it on. Mr toadstool says ‘I didn’t know fungus was for Christmas’ I say ‘shrooms are for all year round!

Glitches, Christmas crochet and a smattering of flowers!

Hello everyone in Blogland!

I have spent ages trying to get my computer to upload photos for you all to see -out of the twelve pictures that I attempted to download these were all I managed (in an hour an a half!) for some reason the downloads kept erroring – wonder if anyone else has had this problem? Anyway as I have an unexpected afternoon at home today due to Little Miss H being sent home with ‘the pox’ (now I’m not sure if it is pox of the chicken variety) I thought it would be a perfect time to update the blog.

I thought that I’d show you some of the photos from the little fayre that I went to last Sunday. I was very pleased the way my little stall turned out.DSCN1775

 

 

Here is a little corner of it ( you can’t see the picture of the whole stall as typically it refused to download!)! I discovered that individual snowflakes sell better than garlands ( I came back with all the garlands but no individual snowflakes at all!) Then there were my lavender hearts – top tip: if you put the lavender in an organza bag before you fill the hearts it doesn’t leak out. Oh and patterns for both snowflakes and hearts can be found over on the lovely page of Attic 24.DSCN1774

I also took my little owlies with me … and they all sold out within half an hour of the fayre opening! I must make more next time. My porch looks bare now so I am picking out my favourite colours to make some more!DSCN1597

Here are the little needle felted toadstools with the hanging loops ( my stalls always have toadstools on them and these are the diddiest ones ever!) – these little cuties sold before the doors had opened so noone really saw them! I need to make more!DSCN1776

After the excitement of the weekend I have really enjoyed crocheting up a little bundle of flowers – I have a commission to do for a very lovely lady who wants a garland of flowers to go around the inside of a yurt. She wanted them in the colours of the chakras – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white. I have used a little creative licence and a few pink ones have crept in there too. I am trying to use varying degrees of the colours and different flower designs too. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!DSCN1783The stocking you can see was blanket stitched by Little Miss H – I was super impressed and she has already requested to do more! 

This afternoon holds baking, stitching and possibly a smidgen of crochet as well as playing games and liberally applying cream to spots as often as required!

Until next time, I hope that you are all tucked up safe, healthy and warm.

Emma x

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