This needle felting tutorial is a very colorful one . . . a felted rainbow. I designed this rainbow when coming up with different charms to hang from a mobile; however, you could hang it from just about anywhere! I was a bit intimidated by the rainbow part of this rainbow, but it is actually easier than it looks!
First, draw and cut out a rainbow template. Place it on a tuft of spare wool(it will be covered later) and needle felt around the outside of the template. This creates an outline on the tuft of wool.
Next fold the extra wool towards the center of the outline and needle felt into place. Between the bottom of the arc, the wool needs to be carefully pulled apart before pulling it to the center.
Flip the felted piece over; then needle felt the back. A clover pen speeds this part up a bit. Then take a single felting needle and reinforce the edges.
Switch to a smaller needle(larger number) and needle felt the entire rainbow, the front, back, and edges. Continue felting until the shape is solid.
Here is my little “helper” handing me my paper template. So cute . . . Now on with the tutorial!
Remember ROY G. BIV, for some reason I can’t forget. Simple needle felt a line of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple onto the felted rainbow. These will be our “coloring” lines.
Next add a hanger, if you would like. My hanger is a constructed from twisted embroidery thread. Pull it up through the center of the arc, back down through the center, and tie it off on the bottom of the arc.
Start coloring in your rainbow. Make sure that your felting needle remains vertical, so that any wool pulled through to the opposite side is lined up with the rainbow design. Carefully felt over the knotted embroidery thread; you don’t want to break a needle!
Flip it over, the opposite side has a hint of rainbow. Simple follow this “hint” and needle felt the rest of the rainbow. Keep the felting needle vertical so that the colors don’t become mixed on the finished side.
Two small balls are used for the clouds. Wrap the unfelted wool on one side of the rainbow around a ball and needle felt it. Continue until the ball is secure. Repeat with the other side.
Next clean up the clouds a bit. Add some white wool to the base of the rainbow and needle felt it into place. Keep adding white until no color is peeking through.
Add some cute faces if you would like. And the felted rainbow is complete. This rainbow will take around 3-4 hours to create. Be patient with the rainbow stripes and all will be well! Good Luck.