Nesting Bird Pincushion
by Patty Gibson
This colorful nesting bird pincushion was fashioned to hold my felting needles when not in use. I have enjoyed it so much and it brings a smile to my face each time I start on a felting project. Then it occurred to me that my fellow needle felters would probably feel the same as I do, so I created this illustrated step by step tutorial.
1) Start with approximately 1 oz of core wool and a 38 star felting needle.
2) Take ¾ of the core wool and needle felt it into a kidney bean shape.
3) Take about 75% of the remaining core wool and wrap it around most of the kidney bean shape.
4) Needle felt this to create a fat ended bird body.
5) Take the small amount of core wool that is left.
6) Needle felt it to the remaining bird body. This creates the bird’s head at the fat part of the body.
7) Your shape should be approximately 3.5 inches tall
8) Your shape should be approximately 4 inches long – do not over felt at this stage as the nesting bird should have some give to it. We are going to later add merino cross color and remember it’s going to be a pincushion.
9) With the remaining core wool – divide into two equal parts.
10) Lightly needle felt into wing shapes.
11) Attach the wing shapes by lightly needle felting to each side of the bird.
12) Then needle felt the wing, making sure that the wing shape is maintained.
13) With a wood skewer and a small piece of black MC-1.
14) Form a tube shape for the bird beak.
15) Needle felt the bird beak to the front of the bird head.
16) Needle felt small pieces of black wool to create the eyes.
17) Now to add color – for the Eastern Bluebird use MC-1 bright white, pomegranate (red) and azure (blue). With a thin layer of MC-1 azure
18) Needle felt it to the core bird body.
19) With a thin layer of MC-1 pomegranate
20) Add the second color to the chest portion of the body.
21) For the wing feathers, lightly needle felt small balls of MC-1 azure.
22) At this point you can add detail to the back of the bird
23) Take three pieces of blue MC-1
24) Needle felt these pieces to create tail feathers
25) Attach the felted feathers to the back of the bird.
26) Add detail to the eyes and a small amount of MC-1 mango (gold) on the bottom of the birds beak
27) Create black wool bird feet
28) Add detail to the front of the body with a thin layer of white.
29) For a Red Robin, use MC-1 bright white, black, storm grey, and rhubarb (red).
30) Create bird feet with black wool
31) Add detail on the eyes and front of the body
32) Create three bird eggs to put into the nest.
33) You can use a birds nest made of small vines to hold your nesting bird or a small dish would work great
34) Add a little moss and the bird eggs with your nesting bird
I hope you will have as much fun as I did creating your own colorful nesting bird pincushion. While, I have demonstrated how to make red and blue colored birds, you may want to use other colors, particularly if you have the Manager Special variety pack with 15 different colors to choose from. When you create this little beauty, please put a smile on everyone’s face and post your picture on Living Felt’s Facebook page.