Felting Lesson: Brown Bear


This lesson includes four thirty-minute instructional videos, and two complete galleries of step-by-step process still images. Learn how to needle felt a realistic brown bear emerging from his cave using 2D and 3D techniques. Your artwork begins to pop right off the wall!


This lesson includes a materials list, still image step by step gallery, and four thirty-minute videos of instruction that walk you through each stage of forming and adding details to a needle felted brown bear. In the video lessons, I am working on a closeup of Tyler’s trusted bear friend, one of the characters in my next children’s book. The techniques used in this lesson highlight the use of 3D form on a 2D wool base wall hanging – the bear extends beyond the plane of the wool base.

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

Two Still Image Galleries
A gallery of close-up photographs details the final stages of developing the bear and surrounding environment documenting the remainder of my process following the video recording of the monthly felting class. Additionally, this lesson includes a second still image gallery detailing the steps taken prior to the recorded class to prepare the rock caves seen on the base throughout the video lessons.

Presenting two methods of visual instruction, video and still images will help you learn in different ways and have the ability to go at various paces.

Thanks to our community of needle felting artists, the video lessons include just a bit of light banter that captures where we are in our lives at this point in time. This lesson was recorded on October 19, 2021.

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