You may have seen the adorable Lunenburg Makery Felt Cactus we posted about a while back. Well, we loved those kits so much we had to add to our supply of fun, simple Lunenburg kits we have to offer. Presenting, the Hanging Sloth Needlefelting Kit!
The kit includes lots and lots of natural wool, 3 coarse felting needles, wires and beads, and lots of instructions! There is a very helpful sheet with a ruler printed on it and a full-scale illustration of the sloth itself.
There are some tricky things the novice needle felter may not have experienced, like felting close to wires and adding flat pieces of felt fabric, but the instructions are so clear that anyone can succeed in making a sloth of their very own. Just in case, Lunenburg Makery provides three needles for if you break one in the learning process. The directions for the furry arms are particularly helpful. You build up roving around a wire, then felt close to that, then you work on making the limbs all shaggy. Toes come in next, then repeat for legs! The whole thing took between three and four hours, with half of that being arms and legs.
I really loved the use of beads for eyes. I do this too when making needle felted creatures because it's just so much easier to get them right with beads than with little bits of wool. The Lunenburg Makery and I are on the same wavelength about this for sure!
This kit inspired me to play with armatures and wires. Maybe I'll try sculpting a beast with pipe cleaners and see what takes shape!
Make a sloth friend for your friend!