Felting an Octopus, Zebra & Goldfishstep by step tutorial
Sturdy foam or wool pad
Wool felt panel cut to size
Wool for your background colors
Wool in a color palette for illustrations
In this lesson, I am working on illustrating pictures for each letter of the alphabet for a children’s book currently underway, with additional images of letters already completed. The still image galleries offer step-by-step still shots of the process of needle felting an octopus, zebra and goldfish. This lesson was created in January 2023.
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Needle Felting an Octopus
Felting the octopus was really fun! If this wasn’t destined for the pages of a book I would totally extend the tentacles beyond the borders of the base layer! I used my carding paddles to blend red, dark blue and purple for the shadows.
Tip: Click onto the first image and then scroll through the enlarged format, you’re able to see everything much better.
Needle Felting a Zebra
This illustration became a car project, completing 95% of it during a 3 hour long drive to New Hampshire to ring in the new year with my family – the exact sort of “drive time activity” that this project was intended for from the very beginning.
And the Felting Continues….
With nearly half the alphabet completed, I look forward to sharing more progress with you on my blog!
Meet Your Instructor
Hi, my name is Hillary Dow. I am a mother, wife, outdoor adventurer, author, family chef, marketing professional, felting artist residing in Maine, and oh so many more. I write children’s books illustrated with my wool creations. It is such a thrill to be a part of helping someone develop their skills and CREATE artwork. Thank you for joining me!
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