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!