Here’s another idea for a last-minute crafting gift – needle felting. I completed these two guys in one evening:
They’re from a Woolpet kit that I bought from The Loopy Ewe.
They come in other animals, like sheep, birds, polar bear and I especially like their hedgehog. These would make good ornaments, or leave them in a kit to give to someone. They come nicely packaged in a clear take-out box container with two felting needles, clear photo instructions and, in the case of my snowmen kit, enough roving make at least another pair. You will need foam or a sponge to cushion your project while jabbing with a felting needle. Laurie from Woolpets also sells felted sculptures and kits from her Etsy store.
Here is another cute kit I bought from Joann.com:
They are called Critter Kits and are made by MyFavoriteThimble.com. They come with roving, instructions, bead, thread and a Colonial felting needle. Pictured here next to Mr. Boston Terrier are a felting needle tool and a mat made by Clover. The Clover felting tool is more for applique work than for these small sculptures. You place the wool applique over the base fabric and punch it with the tool to apply the piece. It’s a way to easily decorate sweaters, scarves or bags without sewing.
Lastly, if you like the terrier pictured above, you might want to check out the amazingly life-like kits at FleeceDog.com or get the Fleece Dog book, which contains lots of photos and is fun just to leaf through. Happy jabbing!