For your loved ones who have earned a spot on the Nice List this year, a charming gift constitutes the perfect reward. This cute pair -- an incredibly soft penguin and polar bear -- are made by needle-felting. The technique involves sculpting shapes from unspun wool called roving, by manipulating the fibers with a special needle until they interlock and become dense. An experienced crafter can make one of the creatures in about an hour.
What You'll Need:
Make Body and Head
Pull off a large amount of white roving; punch the fibers all over with a felting needle, manipulating the roving with your fingers, as you work, until you have a dense, firm, body-shaped piece (ours is 2 inches long). Repeat with slightly less white roving to make a head-shaped piece.
Make Beak, Feet, Wings, and Eyes
Tear off a piece of orange roving for the beak, and place it on a needle-felting mat. Punch the fibers all over with the needle, coaxing the roving into a beak shape as you work. Set beak aside. Repeat beak process with gray roving to make 2 feet. Repeat with white roving to make 2 wings. Pinch off 2 small pieces of black roving for the eyes. Tack them to head with needle, pushing lightly. Attach beak in the same way.