In this post, I am listing some of the top needle felting resources on the web. I first encountered needle felting on YouTube, and I think it’s one of the best resources out there when learning how to do just about anything. I am a visual learner, so I learn by watching. I am listing out a few tutorials which I found to be immensely helpful.
Needle felting resources on YouTube:
Pufftique’s tutorials come up as top search results on Google and YouTube, and for good reason. These two tutorials by pufftique are the very first needle tutorials that I ever watched. I followed this macaron tutorial to make my first needle felted piece ever.
This next video uses a cookie cutter to make a heart shaped piece using needle felting! I use this technique often when I want to make a piece with sharp edges, like a square. It’s a great technique for beginners to use because it helps you achieve the shape that you desire. The downfall of using a cookie cutter or stencil is that the edges are sometimes too soft, and when firming up the edges, you can change the shape of the piece.
2. BUDGET HOBBY
Budget Hobby is one of my all time favorite YouTubers!! She has the most amazing tutorials. Her projects are creative and her editing skills make her videos a joy to watch. This DIY Tsum Tsum needle felt tutorial is one of my favorite videos. Not only does Budget Hobby teach you how to make these cute pieces, but she also tells a story. Her tutorials are all so beautifully edited. Producing videos on YouTube is no easy task, and the editing part is such a drag sometimes. But in this area, Budget Hobby really shines. She is a true artist.
3. FLYING MIO
Flying Mio is another YouTuber whose work I really admire! She posts a lot of tutorials for needle felting kits sold by an Etsy seller called 1127 Handcrafter. You can find Handcrafters Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/1127handcrafter?ref=pr_shop_more
A lot of YouTubers seem to use Handcrafter 1127’s kits, and find this shop to be quite reputable. I have never purchased items from Handcrafter 1127 myself, however, since I live in Japan and have easy access to kits and materials for a cheaper price.
Flying Mio also does tutorials on polymer clay, and in particular she has an incredible series on how to create all of the disney princesses and more! If I was a polymer clay artist, I would definitely check out her creations.
This tutorial by Flying Mio on how to make a cute onirigi and tofu is a great tutorial for beginner needle felters.
This tutorial on how to make an Alpaca (inspired by the Japanese Alpacasso plushies) is amazing! It looks so similar to the real thing.
I also adore Flying Mio’s lion camera needle felted piece. This one is so well done and cute!
Macaroon is another YouTuber that posts needle felting tutorials and other cute crafts. She is one of the first YouTubers I found when learning how to needle felt. Maqaroon produces a variety of cute tutorials, and in particular she seems to enjoy making kits. She has made a ton of kits by Hamanaka. Macaroon is really talented at re-creating the pictures on the kit packages. When watching her videos as a beginner, however, I felt that she skipped a lot of the basic steps, which left me feeling a bit lost. Probably because she is so experienced, she doesn’t feel the need to explain the small details.
This penguin and hamster came out so adorable and looking just like the package!
and I adore this three little kittens needle felt kit! Which one is your favorite? I like the one with the pink patches.
Maqaroon likes to use melamine foam inside of her needle felted pieces, for instance in this roll cake tutorial. This is a great idea for those who do not have small children or pets. I’m afraid that the melamine would pose a threat to my kids if they played with these pieces – I don’t know what would happen if one of my daughters chewed on the melamine or ingested it in some way. Also, I don’t know how I feel about handling this with my bare hands, since when I use melamine foam to clean, I always wear gloves!
Macaroon seems to like making ASMR videos, so many of her videos cater to those who like ASMR sounds. Sidebar on this YouTube phenomena: ASMR or Autonomous sensory meridian response, according to Wikipedia, is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) signifies the subjective experience of ‘low-grade euphoria’ characterized by ‘a combination of positive feelings, relaxation, and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin’. It typically begins ‘on the scalp’ before moving ‘down the spine’ to the base of the neck, sometimes spreading ‘to the back, arms and legs as intensity increases’, most commonly triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attentional control. The Odd1Sout Comic has some pretty entertaining thoughts on ASMR here: https://youtu.be/b1EXJoIntlk
5. OCHA DROP
Ocha Drop was one of my first YouTube friends! If you have a DAISO needle felting kit and you don’t know where to start, look no further than Ocha Drop’s channel. She has done just about every cute DAISO needle felting kit out there.
DAISO penguin needle felting kit
DAISO cat needle felting kit
DAISO bunny needle felting kit
Also, don’t miss Ocha Drop’s adorable We Bear Bears needle felting tutorial! This is so cute and creative.
Also be sure to check her out on Instagram, because she posts some really cute custom and commissioned pieces.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES:
— FELT ALIVE —
Felt Alive is one of the most prominent sites on the web for needle felting! Felt Alive’s style is very realistic. She hosts workshops and also has an online store. She has some excellent information on her site so be sure to check it out. http://www.feltalive.com
— CRAFTSY —
Craftsy has an excellent resource on everything you need to know to get started needle felting. https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/12/needle-felting-for-beginners/
— WISTERIA EDITIONS —
Wisteria Editions is a Michigan-based shop that sells needle felting supplies. There is some great info on their site about needle felting. In particular, I like their explanation of needle sizes. http://www.wistyria.com/pb/wp_ed029ed5/wp_ed029ed5.html
— LITTLE BLUE BOO —
Blogger Little Blue Boo posted some great information about needle felting for beginners. You can find her post here: http://www.lilblueboo.com/2012/02/basic-needle-felting-a-tutorial.html
— THE SILVER PENNY —
The Silver Penny is a website that posts information about needle felting and has lots available for purchase. They seem to specialize in fairies. http://www.thesilverpenny.com/FreeProjectNeedleFelting.html
— MARTHA STEWART —
Craft guru Martha Stewart has a tutorial on how to make a needle felted penguin here. http://www.marthastewart.com/921488/how-make-needle-felted-penguin
She has some other felting ideas that I would like to try myself!
— WIKI HOW —
Wiki How has a great guide to needle felting which includes some drawings about how felting works: https://www.google.co.jp/amp/m.wikihow.com/Needle-Felt%3Famp%3D1?client=safari