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Topic: FELTED PIRANHA PLANTS! =D  (Read 2738 times)
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« on: December 24, 2015 09:15:22 AM »

Allow me to preface this with the very fact that I love Nintendo.  Couple that love with spotting this item on my partner's pinterest board for the 12 days of Christmas swap, I was immediately sold!  I believe this was the first item I crafted for her because I couldn't contain my excitement.

The pin lead me to a really informative semi-tutorial, though I ended up modifying this for half a dozen instead of a whole dozen due to crafting time. the beginning steps have you hand sewing pieces of felt together to form a ball (filled with fiberfill), and from there you are basically needle felting the rest of the way until you get to the final steps of stem and leaves.



I am new to needle felting (learned earlier this year at the encouragement of one of my really good friends and fellow craftster) and found I loved it but never even thought about the regular acrylic craft felt working the same way.



The only annoyance I found with needle felting the thin acrylic sheets was the fact that it would disappear into the fiber fill if needle felted for too long when I was trying to achieve the crease in the mouth.  I think there is a type of fiber fill that works with needle felting though that may help this a bit.  Luckily the tongue hid most of that Smiley



The tricky part was how to attached the stem.  Unfortunately the explanation I was following didn't provide information on this part but I quickly found my solution by loosely coiling the end of the bendable flower stems so that the piranha head could sit inside of it.  Then I trimmed a small circle of green felt to have points to cover the coil and secured that [and the wire] with a bit of hot glue.  Bend the head a little to sit how you want and BOOM, problem solved!



Overall, the project took several hours.  It would be even longer for the whole dozen, though I am definitely keeping this one in my back pocket for future use.  Perhaps a lovely Valentines day surprise for someone in the future! Cheesy 

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Thanks for taking a look!! - Nichole
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2015 09:46:18 AM »

Neat project!!  Cheesy Cheesy

Fiber Fill (polyester and such) doesn't really felt - it tangles. A lot of needle felting is about tangling, but felting occurs when working with natural fibers that have scales.

If you had used wool fiber inside the balls they probably would have been easier to shape as desired. Typically I use wool batting (as prepared for use in comforters and quilts) as "core fiber". =^..^=
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2015 02:09:36 PM »

These are great!
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2015 03:34:28 PM »

I like your idea of how to attach the stems.  Good thinking.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2015 10:30:19 AM »

Neat project!!  Cheesy Cheesy

Fiber Fill (polyester and such) doesn't really felt - it tangles. A lot of needle felting is about tangling, but felting occurs when working with natural fibers that have scales.

If you had used wool fiber inside the balls they probably would have been easier to shape as desired. Typically I use wool batting (as prepared for use in comforters and quilts) as "core fiber". =^..^=

OooOooh, this is great information!  Thanks for this! I will definitely keep this in mind for my future needle felting projects if I need to stuff something again. Smiley

And thanks for the kind words everyone! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2016 08:20:06 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016 07:17:12 AM »

How did I miss this?? This is awesome  Grin I want some piranha plants now haha.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2019 08:14:42 AM »

This is one of the BEST THINGS EVER! While I would consider myself to enjoy Nintendo, I definitely love these plants. I've always wanted to do some kind of craft involving them, and this would be amazing! You did a beautiful job!
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