Saturday, 15 August 2020

Needle Felt Gardening Mouse

This little beauty was made as a gift for my Mams Birthday in June, both my mam and Dad are and were avid gardeners, my Dad grew all of our vegetables in an allotment so when he wasn't at work he could be found working in the garden.
I knew a felted mouse would delight my Mam. 


I wasn't wrong, she loves him.


I had so much fun making the miniatures to feature with the mouse and even found a dolls house miniature newspaper that I could print and make up.


The delight of watching this felted creation build up and all the pain of some finger stabs was worth every hour it took when I saw the joy it gave to my Mam


Isn't it fabulous. I'm proud of this one.


From his flat cap to his waistcoat I loved making him.





Thursday, 13 August 2020

Fairy Paper Pad Collection

It's been a busy month at Katy Sue Designs lots of new products and the Fairy Paper Pad is sure to delight, the artwork is by Teresa Goodridge and has the most cutest detail.

Here is a few of my cards made from this collection

The paper pad is designed so that you can use your own dies to cut out the images as toppers.
Of course you could equally use a paper trimmer and just cut them out too


I love that they have remembered the little boys in this collection.


Just look at this little angel riding the snail.



within this collection you are getting backgrounds, toppers in two sizes, insets, sentiment ad embellishments.All in a pad so you would loose part of the collection and it will stack perfect on those crafty shelves.



I think it is one of the prettiest collections that I have seen in a long time







Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Fairytale Needle Felting Pincushion


Once upon a time in a land of fluff and colour lived a princess who sewed, she had lots of bits and pieces that needed organizing and one of the things that was problematic was where to keep her pins and needles without the mountain dragon collecting them to use for his weapons.


I know my head is in fairy land but hey, in this unpredictable world it is good to escape into a better one now and again.
Needle Felting does that for me, a bit of escapism from this weird world that we live in.


Again using a vintage tea trio as my base as they are so pretty I created a fairy-tale of my own which I think any sewing princess out there would love.


I'm thinking of selling these sewing pincushion with a difference for around £25 plus postage I have 3 different ones made up so far.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Vintage Tea Trio

Tea in a china cup, there's something quite British about it isn't there?
This Tea cup trio is a delight.


A pin cushion with a difference, sure to delight the avid needle crafter.
Loads of wool went into this and it was a fun needle felt project.


I find most pin cushions a little boring to say the least but this one is a bit of a taking point, just imagine this sitting on the sewing table.
I'm thinking I may make a few more to sell if I can bear to part with them.


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Needle Felt Fairy Tutorial

I recently did a facebook live on how to make a needle felt fairy and thought it would be lovely to share here too.


  Perfect for anyone wanting to try their hand at this craft and perfect for gift giving.


to see the tutorial in in a larger view click to watch on my u tube channel




Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Pin Cushion with a difference

When it comes to pin cushions and sewing we all love something a bit different right?
I started making this with no idea where it would take me but I've falling in love with it.

Isn't it just cute? you would think in theory that the smaller the item the less time it would take... but you would be very wrong.


The thing with needle felting is that the smaller the item the more likely you are to stab your fingers haha! so slow and steady wins the race.


So on a little hill lives a little fairy in her little toadstool house with a cobbled pathway leading to her front door.


now to make another.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Wolf Needle Felting Finished Piece

Hours and hours of work goes into needle felting pieces and lots and lots of stabbing of fingers, this wolf is exactly that.
Iiiii've shown a little bit of the building of him in my previous posts but he needed a pelt to finish him.


It all starts with a piece of pre-felt, not to be mistaken for felt for sewing as this has a much looser weave enabling you to fray and felt.


Building layers of coloured top coat on top of the felt.
then tacking it down by stabbing it with the needles.


Placing it on top of the model and stabbing it further until it is in place, of course it needs a bit finessing to get rid of those stabbing dimples but you get the picture.


Attention to detail so I flipped him over to give him some paw pads.
Ta Dah!


He is done and I love him.


I think he is definitely the Alpha Male of the pack.


I named him Storm.

I think he has character 

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Susie Character Doll needle Felting



This is a strange post as this needle felted doll was destined for the dust bin as she was a different character and I really didn’t like her.


Let me show you how she did look.


It was really annoying me so I picked her up ripped her hair off and started again.


I decided she needed to be platinum blonde and curly, I always wanted curly hair but I gather lots of people with curly hair want straight hair.

Her hair started off long but I decided to give her an up-do and tie it with a scarf.


I decided to place a sleeping bunny in her arms and those eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I also gave her darker jeans.


Her sneakers are pretty cool, they took a lot of working out but I’m happy with them.


So this is Maggie and her Daughter Susie, Susie stands at 18 inches tall.






Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Wolf in clothing - Needle Felting

Not quite a wolf in sheeps clothing but bit by bit my needle felted wolf is getting to where I want it. As I write this you can't see my dining table for wool haha!


Now you may be forgiven to thinking he has a pair of shorts on but the weather has been glorious here.
No seriously when blended it will all work out.


He's a big project and I will try to do a size comparison later. Bit by bit he is coming together, lots of colours lots of blending and not going at this one 24/7, walking away from it and gradually getting the desired shape.


As you can see I need to sort out the line of colour next to his nose as it looks like a ridge at the moment but I will go back to that later.





Sunday, 31 May 2020

is it a Wolf? Needle Felting

OK I've started a new project in needle felting, is it a hound? a wolf or a husky? Only time will tell



I have to admit, he doesn't look too fierce does he?


Each time I pass by him I pick up the needle felting needle and stab him a little more, bit by bit he will get there.


Saturday, 16 May 2020

Needle Felt Wedding Penny Farthing

Its official a needle felt wedding.
Penny and Farthing met, locked tails and fell in love...


Don't they make a beautiful couple? he asked and she said "I do" Ooooo I just lov a happy ending. I believe they tie tails and not knots.


what happens next we will just have to wait and see x

Friday, 15 May 2020

Needle Felt Mouse Mr Farthing

Meet Mr Farthing the needle felt mouse. He will be knocking on Penny Mouses door to arrange a date, I feel a courtship is upon us.


He's a dapper chap in his top hat and bow tie, I think Penny is going to love him.


I love the tubby tums of these mice.
The next step is to introduce him to Penny. Love is in the air....



Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Needle Felt Mouse - Penny

Meet my needle felt mouse, her name is Penny
Cute!, Cute!, Cute!


She's a pretty little thing, just waiting for a young chap to sweep her off her feet,


She has the dress and the flowers at the ready so all that she needs is a handsome partner to match.


The trickiest part is her feet and tail, her whiskers came from horses hair I found hanging from some wire around a field with horses in, washed and cleaned of course.


This only means one thing now she needs a chap, Can't stop now... speak soon x

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Needle Felt Snow Hare

The snow hare is just a ball of fluff on legs, needle felting nightmare but gorgeous all the same.

I just love how massive the hares feet are, and his pelt so thick and warm.


his whiskers came courtesy of the sweeping broom as I didn't have any horse hair.


I could have made him all white and most of is pelt is but they do have some distinguishing colouring.

I have to get my thinking cap on to what to make next, I have a few ideas rattling around.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Needle Felt Maggie Doll

A needle felt doll is by far the hardest project that I have made so far and although she is far from perfect I'm pretty pleased with how she turned out.



She is free standing and pose-able so the armature needed to be quite sturdy to start the character.


the head took many hours of work and was done over a few days. Her hair was another problem as I only had straight fibers but meet skewers and an oven took car of that for me.


I feel that she needs a necklace or a scarf so that will come next. although I'm giving the finger stabbing a break for a few days.


She is quite happy to sit where I want her to, her dress is made from a felt sheet that I had in my stash, I may need to get some more in different colours.


as her body and head are made separately I can tell you after all of the hours work i was terrified that I would end up with a wobbly head, but, I needn't of worried as it went on perfect.


Hand are the devils work. Her fingers and thumb are each made separately and I stabbed my own fingers several times whilst trying to shape them.


Lets talk feet, they may not be the prettiest but again each toe is made individually and yes she has bunions from wearing her high heels when younger.

Not sure when I will get round to making her a companion as she took so long but I will.