Beginners Needle Felting Guide - How to Felt a Snowman

Updated: Nov 6

Beginner's Needle Felted Snowman

Hey, this blog provides a step by step guide to needle felt your own Snowman decoration, it's aimed at beginner and novice crafters who are looking to try out needle felting - but all are welcome to follow the guide. To complete your Snowman you'll need:

A felting needle.

A felting mat.

Core wool: This is coarse wool that provides the bulk to make the Snowman shape.

White wool: For the Snowman's body, head and scarf.

Black wool: For Snowman's eyes, mouth, buttons and top hat.

Orange wool: For the Snowman's nose.

Red wool: For the scarf, you may select a different colour if you wish.

We design our kits with the environment in mind and therefore our kits use 100% wool and we have designed eco felting mats, made from cotton with a biodegradable filling - making them both reusable and recyclable. If you have alternative felting wool and/or a foam felting mat you may follow these instructions with these. All materials for this kit may be provided through our Snowman Kit.

This project uses the dry felting method, which involves repeatedly stabbing the wool using a special felting needle. The needle has very small barbs which catch the fibres and matt them together. Needles come in a variety of gauges and with a varying number of barbs. The needle we use in our kits is a 38 gauge star needle which is a great all rounder.

Before you start here are some words of advice from my experience of stabbing my fingers - ouch!!

- Felting needles are sharp. When felting, take care to keep fingers away from the area you a felting.

- Always felt on a felting mat! A needle in the leg hurts!

- Always push the needle in and bring it out at the same angle to minimise the risk of breaking the needle.

Here's a brief overview - Step-by-step directions further below.

To create your Snowman you will need to first create the body shapes and then felt on the details. Creating the body shapes is done with the core wool. Roll the wool tightly and as close to the required shape as possible and then felt. It will get smaller as you felt so don’t be alarmed if it looks large to start with. To felt, stab repeatedly moving the shape around to ensure it remains even. Don’t rush this part. It will take some time but it is worth it to create a solid starting point. Ensure that you push the needle all the way into the centre of the shape. The more you felt, the firmer the shape will become. You want to ensure that it is firm enough to support the other features.

When adding details such as the arms or head, felt through the part you are adding through to the body. This will bind the fibres together and hold the item in place. When adding colour, such as the white to the body and head there is no need to felt all the way into the body. Keep it light and on the surface. Always felt on the mat to protect your legs and the needle, also ensure that you regularly move your piece to such that it does not felt itself to the mat.

Step 1: Body

For the Snowman's body you are felting to create a slightly conical cylinder. It should be slightly thinner at the top than the bottom.

Beginners Needle Felting Guide Step 1

Take some core wool and roll into a cylinder with slightly more wool at the bottom than the top. . Approx. 12cm long makes a good size decoration for your Christmas tree when finished, but base the size on the amount of core wool you have. You'll need to use around 2/3 for the Snowman body and 1/3 for the head.

Beginners Needle Felting Guide Step 2

Resting on the felting mat, repeatedly stab the core wool with the felting needle to bring the fibres together. Remember to watch you fingers, felting needle are sharp - ouch! Do this all over the cylinder including both ends to form the wool into the desired shape. Continue until the shape is the required size and the body is firm.

Beginners Needle Felting Guide Step 3