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Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects

Автором Jackie Huang

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Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects

Автором Jackie Huang

4/5 (5 оценки)
262 pages
1 hour
Sep 17, 2013


You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You're not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren't mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con, and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe, and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.
Sep 17, 2013

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Jackie Huang is the creator of Woolbuddy, a collection of premium, handcrafted stuffed animals with more than 300 characters. He lives in San Rafael, California.

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Woolbuddies - Jackie Huang

Text, how-to photographs, and illustrations copyright © 2013 by Jackie Huang.

Photographs copyright © 2013 by Antonis Achilleos.

Woolbuddy and all the characters, designs, and/or elements thereof ® and © by Woolbuddy. Used under authorization.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

ISBN 978-1-4521-2993-8

The Library of Congress has previously cataloged this title under: ISBN 978-1-4521-1440-8

Designed by Allison Weiner

Typeset by DC Typography

Chronicle Books

680 Second Street

San Francisco, California 94107





What Is Needle Felting? 9

Tools and Materials 10

Felting Needle 10

Needle Felting Tool (Optional) 10

Molds (Optional) 11

Thimbles (Optional) 11

Work Surface 11

Wool Roving 12

Techniques 13

Working With The Needle 13

Working With Wool 13

Basic Shapes 15

Making a Basic Body Shape 15

Making the Eyes 16

Making a Flat Shape 17

Making a Clean Line Between Two Colors 17


Zeke the Rabbit 21

Making the Rabbit’s Body 22

Making the Ears and Face 22

Finishing the Body 23

Making the Carrot 23

Shana the Penguin 25

Making the Body 26

Making the Face 27

Amelia the Owl 29

Making the Body and Wings 30

Making the Eyes and Beak 30

Making the Ears 31

Stanley the Frog 33

Making the Body 34

Making the Eyes and Arms 34

Adding Final Details 35

Making the Lily Pad 35

Cecily the Seal 37

Making the Body 38

Making the Face 38

Making the Flippers 39

Mr. Binks the Pig 41

Making the Body 42

Making the Arms 42

Making the Nose and Eyes 43

Making the Ears 43

Hana the Guinea Pig 45

Making the Body 46

Making the Face and Ears 46

Pointy the Starfish 47

Making the Body 49

Making the Eyes 49


Eunice the Sheep 53

Making the Body 54

Making the Legs 55

Making the Head 56

Bill the Wolf 59

Making the Body 60

Making the Face 61

Making the Tail and Arms 61

Henry the Fox 63

Making the Body 64

Making the Ears and Eyes 64

Making the Tail 65

Making the Arms 65

Dusty the Dog 67

Making the Body 68

Making the Ears and Eyes 69

Making the Tail 69

Ellie the Elephant 71

Making the Body 72

Making the Head and Trunk 72

Making the Tusks, Ears and Face 73

Stripe the Zebra 75

Making the Body and Legs 76

Making the Head and Mane 77

Adding the Stripes 78

Making the Eyes and Ears 78

Quint the Shark 79

Making the Body 81

Making the Fins and Tail 82

Making the Face 83


Jimmy the Giraffe 87

Making the Legs 88

Making the Body 89

Making the Head 90

Adding Color Detail 91

Making the Face 91

Lily the Tiger 93

Making the Head 94

Making the Nose and Cheeks 94

Making the Stripes 95

Making the Ears 95

Making the Eyes 96

Making the Body 96

Making the Tail and Whisker Dots 97

Hex the Octopus 99

Making the Tentacles 100

Making the Head 100

Making the Suction Cups 101

Cogs the Alligator 103

Making the Body 104

Toby the Bear 107

Making the Body and Limbs 109

Making the Head and Body Fur 110

Making the Eyes and Ears 111

Adding the Details 111

Resources 112

Wool 112

Needles And Other Tools 112


I have always had a love for the arts, and handmade crafts in particular. This passion drove me to study computer animation to foster my own creative skills, eventually landing me at Lucasfilm, where I worked as a 3-D story artist on the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

When my first daughter was born, I searched for quality toys that were safe, durable, well designed, and that would instill in her an appreciation of handmade articles. What I found instead were cheap, plastic toys that were not meant to last. So I decided to put my creative background to good use and make toys myself.

I tried my hand at knitting and found it more challenging than expected. Sewing took too long, and I didn’t have the patience to stick with it. Then I discovered needle felting and was immediately taken. With just a few basic tools and one material, I could see my designs take shape.

There really are no rules when it comes to this craft—you simply poke the wool until you are happy with the shape, and you can always add more wool on top to correct any mistakes. Felting is a lot like working with clay: you sculpt the fiber with your hands and a needle and turn it into fanciful shapes. But felting is much easier to do and, unlike clay, the final product is very kid-friendly. Perfect for my little daughter!

I started to illustrate and dream up the Woolbuddy characters, bringing them to life one by one with needle felting. At last, I was able to create the handcrafted stuffed animals that reflected the imaginative and magical world I wanted to share with my daughter. In just a few years, the Woolbuddy collection has grown to more than three hundred characters beloved by children and adults alike. The Woolbuddy world includes animals from the jungle, the farm, and the safari; sea creatures that frolic in the ocean; reptiles that lounge around the swamp; itty bitty critters

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  • (3/5)
    Really cute - just not my wool craft right now!