Needlefelting is one of the easiest crafts to learn because it’s fun, it’s colorful, and it’s a great stress reliever too. With a needle punch tool and a little imagination, you can create whimsical DIY wall art project like this silly sunny daisy. Needlefelting is like painting with wool – try it, you’ll like it! Feel free to use this technique to get creative and design your own DIY art projects for your home.
- Felt sheets
- Wool roving
- Needle punch tool
- Foundation brush
- White pencil
- Embroidery floss and needle
Start by drawing or tracing a design onto a sheet of felt with a white pencil. Place the felt on top of a foundation brush which is what you punch into. Then, pull off a few strands of wool roving to begin. A needle punch tool has five special barbed needles inside that work to lock fibers together as you punch straight up and down.
Little by little, keep filling in your design with more strands of wool. You can work with a single color or blend colors just like you’re painting. Tap each strand in with just a few punches at first, to make sure you like it. You can easily pull the wool up off the felt sheet if you change your mind. Once you like it, then punch more to lock it in. Don’t over punch though – or too many of the fibers will disappear beneath the surface.
Above is a picture of what the back side looks like – the needle forces the wool fibers through the felt. Lift your felt up off the brush every so often to reposition and to prevent all the fibers from sticking to the brush itself.
Outline your design in desired with a soft yarn and punch it into place. Accent your design with embroidery. I added an outline stitch in the center of each petal.
Now that your wool canvas has been painted, you have several options for how to display it. You can sew it to a larger felt or fabric panel, frame it inside a shallow shadowbox, or mount it on a wood plaque with a dry adhesive like fabric tape. Enjoy!
Comment below and let us know, what design would you make with needlefelting?
Lisa has authored two popular books - "Craft Your Stash" and "Stylish Craft Foam Projects." She is a columnist for Bella Crafts Quarterly and a regular contributor to many craft sites. She's an active member of the Craft & Hobby Association and a volunteer for her local arts organizations.