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Needle Felted Circus Lion

Needle Felted Circus Lion

October 7, 2014 /
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After the needle felted owl, I am back to share another needle felting animal, this time it is a circus lion, Lumba. I did this needle felted lion more than a month ago but I have to put off sharing the tutorial till now. The reason being that I need to share the lunch box bag and the animal cookies recipe in priority due to popular request.

While writing this needle felting tutorial, I am in fact doing other crafts that are queuing up for sharing soon. Love the number of backlogs I build on the list… Perhaps I should do Christmas crafts now and start sharing them in November.

circus lion felt

Back to this felt circus lion… Lumba is a shy and kindhearted lion that misses home badly. He is a new member of the circus and he is always nervous about the performance. Whenever he sees a star, he is homesick. He wants to go home where the jungle is and not being locked up in the cage, get trained to be a show lion. He loves his pompadour mane and doesn’t like it to get messed up during the show.

felted circus lion

After making this felt lion, I am so eager to make more needle felted animals and give each of them a character. Wouldn’t it be fun with all of them have their own unique personality and a story to tell? Perhaps I can come out with a needle felted animals book if some publishers would love to work with me. Hoping and looking forward to this day!!!

home sick lion

With some simple needle felting supplies and kits, like, felting needles, wool rovings, and some yarns, you can basically create a lot of needle felted items. The more you make and create, the better you develop your skill.

needle felted lion

Enjoy making this felt lion and enjoy the piercing and poking… I find that crafting is therapeutic 😀

Happy Needle Felting!

Needle Felted Lion - How To

Needle Felted Lion - How To

Yield: 3" Mini Lion
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $5 - $10

Lumba is a shy and kindhearted lion that misses home badly. He is a new member of the circus and he is always nervous about the performance. Whenever he sees a star, he is homesick. He wants to go home where the jungle is and not being locked up in the cage, get trained to be a show lion. He loves his pompadour mane and doesn’t like it to get messed up during the show.

Enjoy felting this little circus lion!

Materials

  • Wool roving in yellow, orange,light brown, brown, hazelnut, black, white and pink
  • Yarn – yellow

Tools

Instructions

Reference tutorials with video:

    1. Easter Carrot
    2. Little Bird
    3. Basic Needle Felting in shape with a cookie cutter (external Youtube video)

MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO FELT
LUMBA THE CIRCUS LION

    1. Gather all the materials and supplies needed for needle felting the circus lion.how to needle felt lion 1
    2. Wind a bunch of yarn around your palm, take out. Wind yarn around it and wind more at one end to make a round head for the lion.
      Make a small yarn ball, place it on the other end, wind some yarn around them. This is the backside of the sitting lion.how to needle felt lion 2
    3. Pull a few inches of wool from the roving. Loosen up the wool.
      Wrap the wool around the yarn structure of the lion. Try to cover as evenly as possible. Add more wool if needed and make sure to cover it completely.how to needle felt lion 3
    4. Needle felt the wool with the felting needle until it is smooth.
      Add some wool to patch up any uncovered space if needed.how to needle felt lion 4
    5. Mark the shape of the muzzle on the face.
      a. Place a small amount of eclipse-shaped white wool on the face. Pierce a few times at the middle to felt it in place.
      b. Pierce the middle line of the muzzle.
      c. Pierce on the white wool to a shape of a slanted oval (as shown in picture)
      d. Add dark brown wool and felt it to the center of the muzzle to make the nose of the lion.how to needle felt lion 5
    6. a, b, & c, views from a different angle of the muzzle and nose.
      d. Pierce 3 little dots with a tiny amount of black wool at each side of the muzzle to make the vibrissae of the lion.how to needle felt lion 6
    7. Mark 2 circles above the muzzle as the eyes of the lion.
      Pierce the eye with black wool, add a hazelnut strip to make a ring inside the eyes as the iris of the eyes.
      Finally, add a dot of white to the eye.
      Repeat the same to the other eye.how to needle felt lion 7
    8. Pierce 2 slanted eyebrows above the eyes or you can do other expressions with different shapes of eyebrows.how to needle felt lion 8
    9. Roll the wool into a long strip and felt it to make the tail of the lion.
      Add a tassel to the tail end by felt loosely a mixture of the brown-colored wools.
      Leave the wool at the other end of the tail loose.how to needle felt lion 9
    10. a. Make 4 limbs for the lion. To make the foot, felt one end of the limb into a ball-shaped, larger than the limb. Make 4 snips to the foot with equal spacing, pierce the cuts to make 4 obvious lines to the feet of the lion. Leave the wool at the other end of the limb loose.
      b. Add a little detail to make the metacarpal pad.
      c. Pin the limbs into the desired position, pierce to felt them in place.
      d. Felt the tail to the back of the lion.how to needle felt lion 10
    11. Roll tiny wool on the toothpick, pull out. Bend it into U-shaped and pierce a few times to fix the shape. This is the ear of the lion.
      Repeat the same to make another ear.how to needle felt lion 11
    12. Attach the ears on the head of the lion. Felt in place.how to needle felt lion 12
    13. Pull about 4″ length of brown wool form roving. Mixed some dark brown and orange wool to the brown wool to make the mane.how to needle felt lion 13
    14. a. Mark the outline of where the mane is. Take some mane wool and fold them into half, place them on the neck and both sides of the face respectively, felt them in place.
      b. Cover the back of the head with more mane wool by placing the wool vertically. Pierce them in place.
      c. Check the mane density by viewing from the front, add more wool if needed.
      d. Felt the back of the head until the wool is smooth and even. Slowly “comb” the bushy mane, pierce the ends to the head to neaten up.how to needle felt lion 14
    15. Felt the mane to give the lion a pompadour hairstyle.how to needle felt lion 16
    16. This is how it looks like at the back of the lion.how to needle felt lion 15

    You may add some pink wool on the face to make the rosy cheek and a little heart on the chest.

    lion ornament

Notes

  1. When doing needle felting, pierce your needle straight into the object (don’t bend or prick the needle) to avoid the needle from breaking.
  2. Use multi-needle in heavyweight for quick felting and use a fine needle to perfect the finishing.
  3. Draw and mark the outline of the shape on the felting object will guide you on where to felt.
  4. Never cut wool instead pull it out from the roving, unless instructed otherwise.

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Peg

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm brand new. It feels like I'm getting no where on the first coat on the lion- the wool over the yarn base- becoming smooth. Does it take hours of poking? Is it more than sticking the needle into the ball of yarn repeatedly? Please advise- I'm admittedly lost. Thanks ahead of time!

Craft Passion

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Needle felting needs lots of piercing and poking all around the wool.

Puntos de Fantasía

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Thanks for tutorial!! Cute!

Sarah G

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

When you said "make 4 snips to the foot..." did you mean with scissors? Or with something else? OR is this a felting term that I don't know because I am new to felting? Thank you!

Craft Passion

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Yes, it is with scissors.

Shoppertise

Monday 27th of October 2014

Super Cute

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