Felted Chicks

Materials

  • Wool roving: vibrant yellow; light yellow; dark orange; light orange; black
  • Yellow thin chenille stem
  • Orange embroidery floss

Tools

  • Single felting needle
  • Rigid insulation board (for felting surface)
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue (iLoveToCreate)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Wind a section of vibrant yellow roving into a hazelnut-sized ball. Begin working over insulation board using felting needle to poke through the roving. Poke one end of roving repeatedly on all sides to compress fibers into pointed tail shape. Poke remaining roving evenly to condense it into body shape.

STEP 2

  • Wrap new strand of roving around body head to tail placing bulk of fiber around head and chest. Compress and integrate new roving by poking it in place. Make sure you rotate the developing chick so all sides are even. Continue adding fiber strands to fill out sides, chest and head. Be sure to poke each new strand in place before adding another.

STEP 3

  • Working on the back of the chick repeatedly poke the base of the neck to compress the fibers and create head shape. Add a generous strand of light yellow fiber to fill out the chick’s chest then needle felt it in place. Wind a section of vibrant yellow into a 3/4”-long wing shape and needle felt the outside edges of the wing roving to one side of chick. Make several pokes through center of wing, but avoid compressing it, so it maintains a puffy appearance. Repeat process to connect remaining wing to opposite side.

STEP 4

  • The first 1/4” of chenille stem forms chick’s back toe. Fold three 1/4”-long toes to make the front of it’s foot. Bend stem up at a 90° angle to make a 3/4”-long leg. Fold it again to form a 3/4”-long connecting section. Fold it down and leave 3/4” straight for second leg. Shape three toes for second foot and leave 1/4” end for back toe. Wrap each of the toes on one foot with a full strand of embroidery floss. Continue wrapping up leg across the connector and down the other leg. Wrap each toe on second foot before cutting and gluing floss end under foot. Quick Tip: Straighten out leg folds for easier wrapping and refold when finished, if needed.

STEP 5

  • Position legs under chick as shown. Lay a generous amount of roving over the connecting section. Needle felt the roving to the body trapping legs in place. Poke around all sides of wrapped chenille stem, and avoid poking needle into stem. If legs are not secured, needle felt more roving in place.

STEP 6

  • For face, roll tiny sections of black roving and poke them in place on either side of chick’s head. Roll small beak from dark orange roving, adding a tiny light orange wool roving highlight. Poke two together on board, then position them on center of chick’s face. Poke around base of beak to connect it. Avoid poking center of beak, or it will flatten.
by Heidi Boyd
Felted Chicks
Felted Chicks