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Needle Felted Owl

September 15, 2014 /

The inspiration for this needle felted owl came from the amigurumi owl, Mr. Murasaki, designed and guest posted by AmiguruMEI for Craft Passion. Thank you AmiguruMEI for allowing me to make a needle felted version of Mr. Murasaki. Since it is the wool felted version of Mr. Murasaki, I called him Mr. Woolly Murasaki. The owl isn’t difficult to make as it has only a few shaping to do, and yet, the bird gives a very distinguished character of its sleepy look. It really makes me feel relax and keep on my own pace.

needle felted owl

Since the last needle felting tutorial (Easter Carrot) I shared about one and a half years, I haven’t been doing any needle felting craft. Every time when I see the packs of wool roving sitting in my craft storage, I feel that it is such a waste not putting them into a craft to share. Now, I am determined to make a few needle-felted patterns and tutorials to share, with the hope that I can use up some of the wool while creating an excuse to replenish more.

felted amigurumi owl

How-To Needle Felted Owl

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Get ready some needle felting kits and supplies, brace up with passion and patience and you are good to go. Supplies like felting wool or wool roving in Purple, Off-White, Light Blue, and Yellow. Also, some purple yarns and Embroidery Floss in Black and Light Blue. As for the tools, you need needle felting needles and a foam set, a tapestry needle, a marker, and a pair of scissors.

felt sleepy owl

On a side note, I have once asked a question on Craft Passion’s official Facebook page, should I sew a bag first or do some needle-felting and I get some mixed answers. I have an idea to sew a messenger bag as requested by my daughter and I have all the ideas and materials ready. On the other hand, I want to do needle-felting as I have been procrastinating the plan for so long that it is dropping down to the bottom of the to-do list. I must pick up needle-felting again after I have done what I need to, then I can continue with the bag sewing without any misery.

good night owl

May Mr. Woolly Murasaki is able to inspire you and hope to see you taking up some needle felted crafts soon if you haven’t. For those who have been enjoying piercing the wool, I wish that you would try out this sleepy owl needle felted animal. It is light and firm, you can make it into a key-chain charm or simply a decoration charm by sewing a strap onto it. Or, simply as a decoration on its own. Great as a gift to make and a giveaway too.

felted sleepy owl

Happy Felting!!!

Needle Felted Owl - How To

Needle Felted Owl - How To

Yield: Needle Felted Owl
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Avid Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5 - $10

The inspiration to needle felt this sleepy owl came from the amigurumi owl, Mr. Murasaki, designed and guest posted by AmiguruMEI for Craft Passion. Thank you AmiguruMEI for allowing me to make a needle felted version of Mr. Murasaki. Since it is the wool felted version of Mr. Murasaki, I called him Mr. Woolly Murasaki. The owl isn’t difficult to make as it has only a few shaping to do, and yet, the bird gives a very distinguished character of its sleepy look. It really makes me feel relax and keep on my own pace.

Enjoy felting them!

Materials

  • Wool roving in Purple, Off White, Light Blue and Yellow
  • Yarn – purple
  • Embroidery Floss in Black and Light Blue

Tools

Instructions

Reference tutorials with video:

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

MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO NEEDLE-FELT MR. WOOLLY MURASAKI

  1. Get ready with all the materials and tools listed above.needle felted owl 1


  2. (1) - (3) Roll the yarn into a ball then slowly roll it into an oblique shape. Lastly, add more rounds on the bottom half to make it into the shape of an egg.
    (4) Pull about 3″ wool from the roving (always pull your wool, don’t cut unless instructed), spread out the fibers, and split them into a few groups.needle felted owl 2


  3. (1) Wrap the wool around the egg-shaped yarn ball, vertically and horizontally, and cover it up evenly. Add more wool if needed.
    (2) Pierce the wool with a multi-needle pen (with heavyweight needles) onto the yarn ball.
    (3) Check if you need more wool to cover up and refine the shaping during the felting.
    (4) The wool fibers are all intact and the body of the owl is formed.needle felted owl 3


  4. (1) Mark the eyes position somewhere in the middle span of the body. I used a thread spool to draw the circles.
    (2) Loosen up some off-white wool and roll into a circle. Make 2 with an approximately equal amount of wool.
    (3) Needle felt the wool roving onto the circle marking with multi-needle.
    (4) Change to the fine needle to finish the felting. Add wool if needed until the eyes are firmly intact on the owl. needle felted owl 4

    Another option: Needle felt the off-white wool roving in a round-shaped cookie cutter until it is medium-firm, take out from the cutter and place it on the owl, and continue to felt until it is firmly intact. Please reference the video in the paper note above.


  5. Draw and stitch some feathery outlines on the tummy of the owl.
    (1) Insert the tapestry needle at the bottom of the owl, with light blue embroidery floss, and knot the floss end. The needle comes out at one of the feathery outlines.
    (2) Pull the floss to hide the knot inside the owl’s body. Continue to sew up all the feathery outlines.
    (3) After finished with all the stitching, bring the needle out at the bottom, and knot it. Insert the needle back to the owl body, next to the thread exit point.
    (4) Pull the floss to hide the knot. Pull floss and cut floss near the body.needle felted owl 5


  6. Do the same to the 2 slanted black slashes on the eyes… oh this owl really needs a good sleepy, he can’t even open up his eyes.needle felted owl 6


  7. Important Tip: In order to make a clean and neat outline of the features, pierce along the outline about 45 to 60 degrees.needle felted owl 7


  8. (1) Roll a bit of yellow wool roving onto a toothpick.
    (2) Slide it out from the toothpick.
    (3) Bend it and place it between the eyes of the owl. Pierce a little to keep it in place.
    (4) Pierce around lightly to make a little beak on the owl.needle felted owl 8


  9. Add another small bit of yellow wool to the bottom to complete the beak.needle felted owl 9


  10. Repeat the same method to make the ears, make 2. Ears required a little more wool than the beak.needle felted owl 10


  11. (1) Loosen up some light blue and roll into a circle. Make 2 with an approximately equal amount of wool.
    (2) Pierce with multi-needle to make 2 circles as the wings.
    (3) Change to the fine needle to finish up the felting.
    (4) Pierce the wings on the owl, and slightly press the wing to make it bend out. Pierce the top and along the outline of the sides, don’t pierce the bottom.needle felted owl 11

    Again, you may use the cookie-cutter method as mentioned above as another option for making the eyes.


  12. Here it is, a completed needle felted owl, Mr. Woolly Murasaki.
    You may use a pair of small sharp point scissors to trim off any mischievous fibers that keep sticking out from Mr. Woolly Murasaki.
    It is light and firm, you can make it into a key-chain charm or simply a decoration charm by sewing a strap onto it. Or, simply as a decoration on its own.needle felted owl 12

felted sleeping owl


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 a multi-needle in heavy weight for quick felting and use a fine needle to perfect the finishing.


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Katie Hughes Murphy

Thursday 19th of March 2020

I'm allergenic to wool,also alpaca, mohare, all types. I've found that tight leather gloves work a treat! Also you don't stab through them.

Shella Octavialie

Sunday 4th of January 2015

It's time to learn another type of crafting and this one will be my first needle felt craft. Gonna love it. Thank you.

Craft Passion

Monday 5th of January 2015

You go girl!!!! You sure will love it a lot!!!

Bida

Tuesday 30th of September 2014

I love owls! This is a bit out of topic, but could you also show how to make that cute nest? I tried several times with wires and yarns with no luck. Thanks

Amelia

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

This is so gorgeous!!!! I've always wanted to try needlepoint, I really should give it a go.

Lori

Monday 15th of September 2014

Oh, the little owl is so cute, I would love to make one. But I am allerigic to wool!!!!! can I use something else? Thank you.

Leah

Thursday 6th of December 2018

You could use alpaca as an alternative. Mohair, and angora also work

Craft Passion

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

There are synthetic wool roving available in the market, may be that will be good for you, please try it out :)

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