Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Fairy fun

I've not been posting many things I have made lately because I have been keeping them a secret from Helen over at Moonstruck Creations as we were partners in the Midsummer Nights Dream Swap . One of the things I wanted to give Helen for our Midsummer Swap was a fairy. Fairies were so common a short while ago you couldn't find a shop without them. Now, when I needed one I couldn't find one anywhere, so I made one instead!

 First I got some shimmery fabric and some pipe cleaners
 Some wool for her head
Purple wool to cover her modesty
Then I gave her a jolly good stabbing, I promise you she didn't mind, if I didn't stab the wool to mesh the fibres she'd be all fallollopy-down
 I felted her shoes on and added a pink and purple gauzy skirt
No fairy is complete without her wings
 She was a bit scary without her hair!
Finally I added the finishing touches using my beloved hot glue gun
Voila - one felty fairy!

Dry felting is very easy - make sure you have a coarse wool like corriedale and some fresh felting needlees and then you just shape your wool to look as close to the thing you are making and gently stab the needles in and out until the fibres mesh together. Keep sculpting and shaping and do try not to jab your fingers, those barbed needles really hurt! I defy you to finish an entire project without at least one or two punctures and swear words!

10 comments :

  1. What a lovely tutorial, I have seen the fairy in real life along with the other lovely goodies.... its really gorgeous, Helen is really lucky :)
    Sue Xx

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  2. Sue, Sharon, thank you, I am so glad you like her especially as she is my first fairy

    The more I look at the photos I have of her though, the more she reminds me of Mrs Slocombe! (hope that doesn't spoil her for Helen, if it helps I always loved Mrs S)

    For younger readers please google Mrs Slocombe and Are You Being Served? TV series - trust me, it was a classic

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  3. What a lovely fairy - and great tutorial!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hi, I found you on Jenn Erickson's page. Good job with the pipe cleaners... This is a great idea for something to do with my little girl. She'll love this. =)

    Dawn

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  5. Hi there, Yes that counts too! Am loving the fairy - Will be following your lovely blog. Sue x

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  6. Hi from your newest follower, please pop by, Karima x
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  7. Very cute. Thanks so much for linking up!

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  8. Hi lovely,
    this is just amazing tutorial.very cute :)
    love

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  9. So darling, whimsical and charming!

    So beautifully done! What a great way to feature your collectibles,cookbooks and photos!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". My apologies for the belated vist -- with July 4 falling on a Monday, it threw my whole schedule off, and I'm just now making the rounds to visit the party-goers from that week. Best, Jenn

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