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This is a step by step tutorial on how to create a needle felted small sculpture. Needle felting is a type of craft in which wool is tangled using a small barbed needle. My students love needle felting as they find it a straightforward and relaxing activity! It's a very easy craft to pick up.
Roving however can be expensive so this tutorial teaches students how to create bigger sculptural works using an armature so that they reduce the amount of wool roving they would need. It can also speed up their project if they use an armature instead of creating a sculpture completely made out of wool.
This file contains:
- Step by step instructions with photos on how to create a usable armature for sculptural needle felting
- The instructions include brief safety reminders
- A sample of the assignment I gave to my student with marking schemes
As I teach in Ontario, the marking schemes uses the Ontario curriculum as a guide.
Although I have taught needle felting to senior high school students, it is a suitable activity for younger grades as well. I selected three hours for this sculptural project, but the length of time will be largely dictated by the complexity of the project and the speed in which students needle felt. The file contains a few examples of student work.
Needle felting can get expensive, so I try to substitute materials when possible. Instead of buying a class set of needle felting pads, I use kitchen sponges. Armature materials can vary depending on the project itself.
Looking for the next step or something a bit more complex? Check out my needle felted animal face mask project! It's a more advanced project that builds upon the skills taught in this project.
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