Needle Felting a Fairy Village

step by step tutorial

Materials List

Felting a Fairy Village

Felting needles
Sturdy foam or wool pad
Prepared base panel of felted wool
Background color already felted
Thumbnail sketch of the village proper
Core wool to place shapes of your composition
Wool: lots and lots of colors close at hand


fairy mushroom house needle felting lesson

Felting Master Tip: 
Spending some time preparing for your illustration by working up thumbnail sketches is a wonderful way to create a roadmap to your finished piece before you even felt the very first fiber of wool! You can make copies of your thumbnail sketch and create color studies to guide your color choices as you felt.

Thumbnail Sketch Fairy Village Hillary Dow
fairy village Lichendia Proper color studies

Felting a Fairy Village ~ Still Image Galleries

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

Felting the mountains and street: background & foreground

This first gallery includes pictures of how I defined and felted in the background mountains and foreground street.

Adding houses to the street in the distance using foreshortening

Adding windows and doors

Creating mushroom cap roof spires

Felting a Red Mushroom Fairy House

Needle felting small plants, planters, window boxes

Each of the proceeding videos includes step by step instructions that walk you through establishing the composition and constructing a fairy village, complete with mushroom houses and dainty little planters and window boxes. This finished illustration will be in the children’s book currently underway. Thanks to our community of needle felting artists, 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 November 16, 2021.

Part 1 Background, composition, color studies, mushroom fairy house

Part 2 Rowhouses, adding the roof

Part 3 Mushroom cap roof with spots, shadows for volume, window frames

Part 4 Shadows vs. detail lines, windows, doors, plants

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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