Needle Felted Bears

I’ll be teaching a Bear Needle Felting Class at the farm this weekend. For those of you attending, or trying this at home, I’ve put together a collection of needle felted bears on a Pinterest Board to inspire you!  There are needle felted bears of all shapes and sizes and colors and breeds, felted by many talented felting artists. Hope you enjoy!

You can keep your needle felted bear simple but making a roundish shape, adding some ears, a face, and a little bear muzzle.  Or you may spend more time adding legs and feet, even clothing and accessories if desired.

needle felted bears

There are different needle felting techniques used to create a three-dimensional shape.  Some involve building the basic shape with core wool, then wrapping with the finished roving color.

needle felted bears

My preference is filling a nylon knee high with alpaca fiber, the seconds and thirds that aren’t used for yarn, then wrapping with the desired colors.

This gives a little more weight to the finished creation and works especially well for larger projects.

needle felted bears

Bear Felting Kits are now available with detailed instructions and all the materials you need to make your own little bear!

bear needle felting kit

Be sure to check out the classes at Alpaca Meadows, including the Bear Needle Felting Class.   Felting Supplies such as Felting Foam, Felting Needles, Multi-Needle Felting Tools, and Finger Protectors are available online and in our Farm Store.  You might also be interested in our Needle Felt An Animal Friend Kit by Back to Back Alpaca, another great kit for learning the techniques of three dimensional needle felting.

Learn how to transfer a design of your beloved pet onto fabric and needle felt your pet with these instructions on Craftsy, How to Needle Felt Your Pet for Truly Unique Keepsake.

To see lots of other needle felted creations that you could make once you get the hang on this fun craft, see Felted Creations by Julie Petty.  See other posts on Needle Felting here.

Explore online classes at Craftsy, over 1500 from which to choose.