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« on: November 19, 2008 09:01:54 AM »

I am going to be needle felting some snowman but I wanted to make them fairly large with the bottom part being about the size of a baseball.  But I am afraid they will just tip over as soon as the slightest breeze hits them.  Is there a way to "weigh" them down by putting something in the base?  I just started needle felting and all of my projects so far have been really tiny so I have not had this issue yet.
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ChrisSews
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008 01:41:20 PM »

You can make the bottom of the snowman flat which might help

You can make a small fabric pouch and fill it with rice, weights or whatever you want to use.  You could then wrap it with batting to get it nice and round.  Then needle felt around that to make the bottom ball.

Another possibilty (I've never tried but it should work) is to buy some large washers.  Felt a flat sheet leaving it unfelted and wispy around the edges.  Place the washer on the felt sheet , place your felted bottom ball on top of the washer.  Fold the edges of the felt sheet up around your ball.  Then felt the loose edges into the ball to hold it in place.  This will add a bit of weight from the washer  and give the snowman a nice flat base to discourage it from rolling over. 

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008 05:56:09 PM »

Is there a way to "weigh" them down by putting something in the base? 

Well, if you were wet-felting, you could wet felt your bottom snowball around a rock or something similar.
I'm not so sure with needle felting.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008 03:05:20 PM »

Is there a way to "weigh" them down by putting something in the base? 

Well, if you were wet-felting, you could wet felt your bottom snowball around a rock or something similar.
I'm not so sure with needle felting.


I've used rocks to weigh down some needlefelted things- I felted it as completely as possible and then stuffed the rock in.  You just have to be careful not to stab the rock and break the needle. 
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