Needle Felting A Brown Bear

step by step tutorial

Materials List

Felting needles
Sturdy foam or wool pad
Prepared base panel of felted wool
Background for the bear already felted
Natural colored fibers for the bear’s fur
Core wool to define the bear’s shape
Other colors at hand for shadows, lips, eyes


Each of the proceeding videos includes step-by-step instructions that walk you through each stage of forming and coloring a brown bear. I am working on a Sun Fairy, one of the two main characters in the book currently underway. The lesson was recorded during our live monthly zoom class on October 19, 2021.

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Part 1 Background of Tyler’s bear, forming the body with core wool

Part 2 Defining the head, legs & body and adding a rock pedestal

Part 3 Adding brown fur, felting density for color changes, attaching objects to the base, the directionality of your felting needle

Part 4 Shaping the bear’s ears and adding his eyes, nose, and mouth

Still Image Galleries

Tip: Click onto the first image and then scroll through the enlarged format, you’re able to see everything much better.

This first gallery includes pictures of how I formed the rock cave in the background prior to class.

This second gallery includes pictures of the brown bear and remaining background details being felted after the live Zoom class.

Hillary Dow Felting Master Class Instructor fiber artist

Meet Your Instructor

Hi, my name is Hillary Dow. A few of my many hats include mother, wife, author, artist, family chef, marketing consultant, friend, felting artist 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!

Binding Tales Lichendia Hillary Dow

Be sure to join us for the LIVE monthly felting lesson and (virtual) gathering! Each session includes a core lesson, or simply work on your current project while picking up new techniques and tips!

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern Time
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