Needle Felting a Standing Child

step by step tutorial

Materials List

Felting needles
Sturdy foam or wool pad
Prepared base panel of felted wool
Background color already felted
Wool: lots and lots of colors close at hand


March Felting Lesson - Hillary Dow felting instructor

Felting Master Tip: 
When illustrations are intended to be displayed together, whether in a book or on a wall, using common colors from one piece to the next creates unity in your color palette. This approach pulls the collection of pieces together. In the case of this illustration, I’ll be sure to use the same blue for the sky and yellow/orange/red for the sun that I have used on the other pieces needle felted for The Sun Fairy book.

Needle Felting a sunny yard with a flower bed
Needle Felting a sunny yard with a flower bed with a young child standing
Needle Felting a sunny yard with a flower bed looking over a boy's shoulder at the sun
Needle felting leaves on trees, instructor Hillary Dow

Each of the proceeding videos includes step-by-step instructions that walk you through the steps of needle felting a small figure wearing shorts and a t-shirt. This finished illustration will be in the children’s book currently underway. The lessons include just a bit of light banter that captures a snapshot of life in the Dow household at this point in time. This lesson was recorded on March 15, 2022.

Part 1: Felting the arms, legs, and bare feet

Part 2: Torso and t-shirt

Part 3: Felting the shorts, attaching the legs

Part 4: Felting the head, neck & ears, attaching to the shoulders

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, outdoor adventurer, author, family chef, marketing professional, 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

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