Needle Felted Apple Instructions

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Needle Felted Apple Instructions
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Please read all instructions before starting this project.
You will need Core Wool, Roving in Red, Green & Brown, Felting Needles & a Foam Felting Surface.

Caution - Needles are sharp!
This craft is not recommended for children under the age of 11. Please take precautions to protect your fingers!



Pull off some Core Wool & roll tightly into a ball. This gives you approximate size. Add more if you want your apple larger, remove some to make it smaller. Poke, poke, poke, until your apple becomes firm but not to firm. Make sure the tip of the needle gets to the center so it is the same density all the way around & through. Keep your needle straight. You can felt at any angle as long as the pressure is only coming from the top of your needle. Sideways pressure will bend or break your needle. Watch the tip as you felt. If it "bows" it will break!


Felt an indentation at the top by felting around in the same spot a bit then turn your apple over to felt a smaller indentation at the bottom. Pull off some Red Roving & lay just enough fibers to cover your apple evenly over your foam felting surface. Wrap a section up over your apple & start felting the fibers in evenly over your apple. Do not felt all the way through or white fibers will show out the other side.

Continue to pull the fibers up & around your apple "Core" until it is completely covered with red fibers. Felt them in evenly all around to get  nice, smooth, even coverage. Felt more fibers over any thin spots where white shows through. Remember to felt your indentations back into your Apple on the top & bottom. Felt, felt, felt... really felt in those fibers & shape your Apple. At this point your Apple should be really firm. The more you felt, the smaller, firmer & smoother it will get. Rolling it in your hands helps to smooth it out & get rid of the dimples.


Now for the stem! Pull off a bit of some Brown Roving & lay it on the foam. Fold the fibers in half lengthwise then roll them into a cigar shape. The folded end will be the top of your stem. Do not felt the other end. You will use the fluffy, wispy fibers on the other end to attach the stem to your Apple.

Hold onto the fluffy, wispy fibers & felt back & forth a little less than 1/2" from the folded end down it's length. Rotate & repeat until the stem becomes firm & straw shaped. Remember, do not felt the wispy fibers that you are holding onto. Roll the stem between your thumb & finger to firm it up a bit more. Spread the fluffy, wispy fibers out so they look like tree roots.

Place the stem over the large dimple made at the top of your apple. Needle felt the brown fibers into the apple down under the stem. Make sure the tip of the needle goes into your Apple at least 1". Keep felting around until all the fibers are felted in & your stem is firmly attached. Felt as close to the edge of the stem as possible. Felt the top of your stem flat so your apple looks similar to the one pictured above.

Pull off some Green Roving & lay it on your foam, spread the fibers out evenly. Felt the fibers into the foam, not to deep, into a leaf shape leaving one end wispy to attach to the Apple. Peel it up, flip it over & repeat. Do this several times until your leaf takes shape & thickens up. Felt more green fibers into any thin spots.

Felting at a severe angle makes for a nice smooth finish. Watch your needle, it's not bending is it? Be sure to felt the edges thin & felt the fibers in around the sides. Once your leaf is firm, you can use scissors to trim off any stray fibers. Do not trim off the wispys, you still need to attach the leaf to your Apple.

Pull off the excess wispys. Hold them to the base of the stem & felt them in really well. Keep felting, get that needle in there... all the fibers will disappear. Felting them in on either side will make the leaf more narrow where it is attached. Felt down the center of the leaf back & forth several times to give it more dimension.

There you have it... your very own, one-of-a-kind, Needle Felted Apple! I hope you enjoyed this project. You have now learned all the Basics to Needle Felting. From what Core Wool is used for to how to needle felt your fibers flat as well as how to attach your pieces together. All you need now is your imagination!
Happy Felting!
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