Needle Felting Mistake and Correction

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.

correcting felting mistakes

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.

fixing a mistake in needle felting

mistake in needle felting

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!

arms on needle felted project

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!

needle felt chipmunk with acorn


4 comments on “Needle Felting Mistake and Correction

  1. What are the do’s and don’ts of needle felting? I am self taught because there is no one in my area to teach me. Everything I have learned has been through kits and tutorials on line. I can’t seem to find anything that describes what makes a piece well made. Any thoughts?

    • I am self taught as well. And it can be tricky determining if your finished piece is as polished as can be. The rule I stick to for many of my felting projects is that the piece should be dense enough to maintain its shape when squeezed between two fingers. Once that density is achieved, I size down needles and try to get as many strays into place. Hope that helps and good luck!

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