I have something a little different to share with you today… My first needle felting project~
They’re the cute and furry magical creatures from the popular game, League of Legends!
I actually made these guys over the winter holidays using a technique called needle felting. Basically, wool is shaped using special needles with notches in them that compresses and tangles the wool as you poke with them to make the wool maintain its shape. I’ll show you all briefly how I made them~
It started with a needle felting starter kit. This particular one is by Hamanaka. The kit came with a small booklet, two regular sized felting needles, two smaller felting needles attached to a pink holder, a foam mat, and two mat covers.
Next comes the most important part.. the wool! I spent so long deciding what type of wool to buy, but I ended up choosing the Aclaine line by Hamanaka. This is actually synthetic wool and is supposedly easier to felt than regular wool. Because of the material, it is also waterproof and has a bit of a bounce to it. I wanted to make my poros squeezable (ノ*゜▽゜*)
Here’s the body!
With a lot of time and patience.. I turned some white wool into a ball. Honestly, I just poked the wool until it looked right~
In the same way, I poked more wool to make other parts of the poro.
Four limbs and a tail~
And a big tongue!
Now we can assemble the poro (^▽^)
Here’s his face!
To attach the tongue, I cut a horizontal slit in the body, and then I poked until the tongue became attached to the body and until the cut was no longer noticeable.
I attached the horns, limbs, and tail in the same way by cutting into the body and poking with the needle to attach and seal the openings I made.
And after much poking…
He’s complete~!! ╰(°ㅂ°)╯
For the second one, I tried attaching the limbs first~ I found it much easier this way to position the face according to the limbs rather than to try and get all four limbs properly positioned according to a face.
Poro #2 complete as well!
This one’s legs are lower and I made his horns a bit more curved back as well.
I was planning on making a bunch of these over the holidays, but they took a lot more time to make than I had originally thought. You have to be really patient with needle felting~
I also wish I had taken more detailed photos of the process, but I was basically poking wool during all my spare time and didn’t have time to take out the camera.
I know it’s not figure related, but I hope you all enjoyed my little side project! If anyone has any questions though, don’t hesitate to ask! I’ll try my best to answer them for you. But remember that this was my first time needle felting, so I am by no means an expert.
･ω･)ﾉ See you next time~ Ja ne!