26 Mar

Make it: Needle-felted Duckling

As a special insight into what's in issue 41, we've brought you a project from the magazine for all to enjoy! 

Debbie Von-Grabler Crozier's sweet little easter chick is one of our favourite projects in the new issue of Simply Homemade, so we thought we'd share this as a little treat to see just some of the reasons you should pick up the new issue, available in supermarkets, newsagents, craft stores and the Moremags website

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4 hen-sized eggs
brown feathers
Traditional Burnt
Umber & Honey Brown DecoArt Americana acrylic paints
DecoArt Traditions #12 fl at brush
DecoArt Texture Sand paintable texture paint
old toothbrush 
Dremel hot-glue gun
small piece of felt for the bottom of the nest
pale lemon wool tops
pale pink & darker
pink wool tops
small amounts of black and white wool tops
medium & fine needle-felting needles

Looking for wool tops? There's a great range on the Adelaide Walker website! 

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1. Break the twigs into small pieces and arrange them to create a base. Hot-glue the twigs together and keep building the nest so that there are sides to it and it is a pleasing shape.
2. Glue a piece of felt onto the bottom of the nest so that the nest does not scratch your work surface.
3. Place feathers around the twigs, line the nest with them and glue them into place.
4. To paint the eggs, fi rstly skewer them on a thin, long needle (a doll needle is perfect). Mix one part texture paint with two parts Honey Brown and give two good coats, allowing drying time between coats.
5. When the texture paint is dry, splatter with Traditional Burnt Umber using the toothbrush. Glue them into the nest, leaving a place to the side for the duckling.
6. The duckling is sculpted in three parts and then fused together. Begin with the body. Take a fist-sized piece of lemon-coloured wool, form it into an oval with your fingers and use the medium-sized needle and stab it all over, turning constantly to sculpt the duckling. It will have a slightly pouty breast and the tail will be thinner and blunt on the end.
7. When the body is firm, put it aside and start on the head. To get a walnut-sized head, you will need about three times as much wool to felt. Shape into an oval with your fingers and then begin to stab the head all over with the medium needle, making cheeks and eye hollows. Add a small amount of pink felt for the bill and fuse it to the head before sculpting it to a bill shape. Swap to the small needle and keep sculpting so that the head becomes very firm. Add tiny pieces of darker pink wool for nostrils and two black eyes with white highlights.
8. Add the head to the neck, beginning with the medium needle and graduating to the smaller one. Sculpt into the neck so that it is smaller, but very firm and will hold the head.
9. To make the wings, take two flatter pieces of lemon wool and roll them into large fl at ovals then sculpt them until they are firm. Fuse the wings securely to the body, leaving the major part loose. 
10. Go over the sculpture again and view it from all angles. Check for lumps and bumps – these can usually be removed with a fine needle by simply felting a little longer. Glue the duckling into the nest.



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