DIY Needle Felting: Barn Owl Craft Box / Kit

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Learn to needle felt a beautiful decorative barn owl.


The Woolly Rabbit

The Woolly Rabbit

2k
2k+

3 hours     label £30


This barn owl needle felting kit contains all the materials and felting equipment needed to make a handsome free-standing barn owl (standing at approximately eight - nine inches tall).

Using core wool to build up the basic shape of your barn owl and coloured wool to decorate your owl and wire for the legs, you'll felt alongside your teacher in a pre-recorded video tutorial to create your owl.

If you'd love to try some fibre art and learn some new needle felt skills, this beautiful owl kit and supportive tutorial is a brilliant place to begin. Take some time out for yourself to enjoy this mindful craft kit and enjoy building new skills in felted needlework.

Your tutorial will walk you through every step of the process and you can stop and re-start it whenever you need to whilst you practise new techniques or take a break. Your video tutorial is broken down into a number of manageable sections to help you follow along in stages. This makes it simple to work through your owl project - you can learn in bite-sized segments and easily find where you left off.

Your tutorial segments include:
- Building up the core shape of the bird.
- Making a beak with wool and glue.

  • Creating feathers and getting them super smooth and thin.
  • How to make functional bird feet that you can use to pose your bird using wire, wool and PVA glue.
  • How to blend colours.

When you have made your barn owl you will have learned some useful needle felting skills as well as the skills needed to make bird feet using wire, wrapping wire in wool and sculpting a beak using wool and PVA glue.

You will also appreciate the value of making a solid core for future 3D projects and you'll have learned how to create thin pieces of felt to make individual feathers.

This is quite a big project so you should allow around six to eight hours to make your owl, plus time overnight to allow your glue to dry. The step by step style of your video tutorial enables you to easily pick up from where you left off if you'd prefer to spend a few days making your owl, rather than making it all in one go.

Your owl isn't suitable to be used as a toy and you should keep it away from pets if you have any. You'll get a lot of joy and satisfaction from looking at your beautiful needle felted owl once your project is complete!

Add-on available for this class
  • Hesian rice sack and 2 felting needles (£8)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Suitable for more confident beginners and those who are needle felters already and who want to learn and develop their skills.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Corridale batting (core wool) for the body shape, wings and decoration of your owl.
  • Carded New Zealand wool for the main colour.
  • Carded Corridale in a fawn colour for the feet and feathers.
  • Carded Corridale in grey and two browns for the feathers.
  • A pinch of black.
  • 3 x lengths of wire for the feet.
  • 8 x pre-made silk clay talons (if you have silk clay or similar at home you can choose to make these yourself if you'd like to, using your tutorial as a guide).

Once you've booked your class, you'll receive a PDF template sheet to guide you with shapes and sizes. This will also contain your passcode to access your video tutorials.

Your barn owl felting kit will arrive in a plastic-free recyclable/reusable cardboard box. Your needles will be safely held within a Kraft envelope and the eco-friendly packaging tape can be recycled with the box.
What you'll need
  • PVA glue for the beak and feet (optional).
  • Sharp scissors and a felt pen.
  • Pliers to snip and bend the wire.
  • An awl or pokey thing to make a hole to insert the bird's legs.
  • Sewing pins to help keep your bird symmetrical whilst working on it.
  • 2 x felting needles and a felting surface such as a hessian sack to work on (you'll need this to protect the tips of your needles when felting your wool). If you don't have felting needles and a felting surface you can purchase these as an add-on at check out.
Your teacher
The Woolly Rabbit
The Woolly Rabbit

2k
2k+

Hello, I'm Elaine and I absolutely love sharing my needle felting skills with others to help them achieve results they can be proud of. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a complete beginner or an experienced felter learn something new and create beautiful pieces of art.

Using an easy to follow teaching format, I strive to incorporate different techniques and skills in the classes I provide to really stretch your abilities, boost your confidence and help you have fun felting!

I've always been creative, and for me, it's a way to relax and unwind and explore the world around me. I'm particularly drawn to making animals, and have quite a few different pets at home for inspiration!

I hold a BA (Hons) in multi-media textiles and taught art and craft sessions in a day centre setting. Since having three children, I've pursued my own arty venture with my newfound skills of patience, being able to explain things clearly and embracing a limitless imagination.

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