Felting Lesson: Flying Motion Lines

step by step tutorial

Materials List

Felting needles

Sturdy foam or wool pad

Wool fabric panel cut to size

Core wool or natural roving

Wool for your sky color and motion lines

Yellow wool for the sun

Fleshtone colorway

Wool in a color palette for dress & shoes

Curly locks/fibers for hair


Each of the image galleries in the Felting Lesson: Flying Motion Lines includes step-by-step instructions that walk you through the process of needle felting a fairy flying directly into the sun, accentuated with motion lines rippling across the sky. The illustration I am working on in this lesson will be in the children’s book featuring the Sun Fairy of Lichendia. This lesson was created in April 2022.

*For optimal viewing, click on the first image in each gallery to open the full view and then scroll through. If you view the images in the preview galleries only your view will be a cropped version of each image and you will miss out on the descriptive captions I have added to each picture. Enjoy!

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Base Layer Sky & Sun

Before we dive too deep into the felting lesson: motion lines, the development of the base layer comes first!

Arms, Head & Face, Hair, Shoulders

Torso, Skirt, Legs, Felting a Bend at the Knee

Fairy Wings

Fixing a Color Gap

A gap in color coverage appeared between the blue sky and the yellow of the sun. Before adding motion lines I needed to fill in that gap with the same color as the base sky.

felting a correction of a color gap

Even from this angle, we see the strip of white wool in the sky.

First I color match the blue wool.

First, I color match the blue wool.

Then I lay it in place to fill the gap.

Then I lay it in place and felt it to fill the gap.

Selecting a color palette for the motion lines

Selecting a Color Palette for the Motion Lines

Now that the fairy is felted into place we know exactly where her figure will be creating motion across the sky. Think of this like the “BAM” or the “POW” bubbles you see in comic strips and graphic novels. Our goal here is to create the illusion of movement as the Sun Fairy flies full speed into the magical sun spot. With the base layer of blue sky in place, I raid several bags of blue wool to pull out shades that, when combined, will provide light, mid-tone, and dark blue lines.

Start With Loosely Felted Broader Lines

Detailed Motion Lines

Hillary Dow Felting Master Class Instructor fiber artist

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Hi, my name is Hillary Dow. A few of my many hats include mother, author, artist, booker (leave the vacation booking to me, I’ve got this), family chef, marketing manager, 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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