Sometimes you just need the bare necessities in life and sometimes you need to have an afternoon needle felting.
This afternoons choice of needle felted collectable was a little teddy bear. The difficult part of the process was selecting the wool to use. Bears come in all shapes and sizes and colours, however today I wanted a more traditional colour so I selected a wool top from John Arbon Textiles. The Barley Harvest Hues is a perfect mix of mottled browns. with gives the bear some definition.
Core wool, Zwartbles & Merino
To give the bear a firm start in life I added some white core wool and then topped up the body with the Barley Hue which is a mix of Zwartbles and Merino, it is lovely to work with and has a lovely shine that catches the light.
When felting a bear there are several methods, I prefer to make all the body parts separately and then joint then together, this means I can take my time and change the character of each bear as I go.
So once I have jointed the next step is to add the eyes and the nose, this gives each bear a different character and facial expression from sad to happy to surprised.
Great British Bake Off
This afternoons bear has been preparing himself for the new episode of Great British Bake Off – he has a cake ready and over the next 10 weeks is hoping to get a Hollywood handshake – so watch this space for an update.