Even though I have a pretty good method of needle felting similar shaped limbs, every now and then I attach the arms/legs on my felted project in such a way that they appear unsymmetrical. This problem happened in the chipmunk that I was working on this past week.
The chipmunk’s arms were a perfect looking pair, until I needle felted them onto his body. Then, unfortunately, the chipmunk had one monstrously long arm and one scrawny one. I had placed one farther up its back than the other one. What to do?
Well, I know scissors are somewhat forbidden in the needle felting world, but I grabbed out my best pair and chopped the monstrously long arm off to a similar length.
Now, I had a flat little nub of an arm. I had to do something else. Well, this is an easy fix people. You don’t want the cut end exposed, it is a weakness in your felting project and let’s face it, pretty unsightly as well. Simply grab a matching colored tuft of wool and felt it carefully onto the injured arm/leg or whatever. Make sure you spread the fibers out a bit, so that you don’t create a weird seam.
I rounded out the edges of his paw, being that the other one was rounded a little. Once, the shape was matched again, the arms were symmetrical in thickness and length!
Finally, I could work on the fun part–adding a face and the “tell tale” chipmunk stripes on its back. I think the chipmunk turned out pretty well, and the good thing about needle felting is that, with patience and dedication, in the end mistakes are invisible!