How to make a dwarf of wool by dry felting

Introduction

How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

A dwarf is a creature of house spirit who cares of the coziness in your house. I am going to tell you how to make it of wool using a method of dry felting.

You´ll need

  • Felting wool (beige, red, white, grey, and blue)
  • Eyes accessories for toys
  • Needles for felting (thick and thin)
  • Big foam-rubber sponge

Steps

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Take a big sponge and a lump of wool, mat the woolen fibers in your hands and felt it evenly with a thick needle molding a ball or oval. My dwarf has a slightly flattened head so it does not look like a real ball. Using a thin needle press the wool until it is thick. The thickness of your article should be so thick that when you press it with your finger the dent is stretching back instantly. The thickness of felted wool should not let finger deep into the ball, it feels like well-stuffed pillow.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Now let’s make a round-shaped nose. Do not forget to leave a small tail for convenient and firm attaching to the head.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Attach the nose to the head by felting with a thin needle.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Using the same thin needle we work over the facial gesture of our future dwarf. Make the dents for eyes and a smile. There is no need to mould cheeks intentionally because they will appear by themselves after eyes and smile. Correct the head shape if necessary.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    The head is done.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Stick the eyes. I used the eye-pins so I just fixed them by inserting into the wool. Eyes and other accessories for toys you may find in the internet shops for crafts and fancy-work or in the social nets. They eyes added some vividness to our creature; to my mind, they even reflect the character of the dwarf.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    The next step is the dwarf’s cap. For a cap we make a thick layer of red wool, felt it tighter. The size of this woolen circle should fit the head size covering the head top as regular caps do.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Attach a flat circle cap to the head by felting. Now the dwarf looks like a painter!

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Felt a cone as a separate detail. It will complete the dwarf’s cap. The cone should not be empty inside, the bottom edges should be loosened – slightly felted. This way it will be easier to attach the cone to the bottom part of a cap. If you failed to match the sizes of the bottom base and the cone from the first time and now your cap looks crooked or misses some piece, you can easily fix it with a small piece of wool attached in the necessary spot. The wool is a perfect material that is easy to cut the extra if you have too much or easy to add if you lack. If the surface is too uneven or needle holes are very visible, take a thin layer of stretched wool and cover the detail around felting it to the main part by easy touches of the needle. This way your article will have a top-class view.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Curl the cap at the chosen angle.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Now we start felting the body. Take a piece of wool much bigger than you took for the head. Felt it with a thick needle into the “pear” shape. Do not forget to leave the tail over the neck; it is necessary for attaching the body to the head without problem.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Let’s make a jacket for the dwarf. Wrap the body with a stretched band of wool that will be its jacket. Felt it to the body accurately without needle holes.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Do now close the chest of the dwarf with the jacket, let the lap edges loosen. Later we will accurately cut them and it will look like an unbuttoned vest.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Now we make hands.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    We make the feet in boots.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Attach hands and feet to their places by felting. Attach hands along their length curving them the right way.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    And now it is the most responsible moment! We attach the head. While felting the head to the body you choose the neck turn. Your dwarf may look up or down, or even slyly bend the head, it is up to you.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Let’s add a small accessory to the dwarf’s style – a scarf. It will add some warmth and coziness to his image and hide the defects of body-head attachment if you did it not perfectly well. The same way we did it for a jacket, you take a narrower band of stretched wool and lay it around the neck.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Now we need to make an essential detail of all wise dwarfs – their beard. Take the pieces for beard and mustaches of the necessary sizes.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Felt the beard to the face first, and then felt the mustaches. Leave the smile visible between the beard and mustaches.

  • How to make a gnome of wool by dry felting

    Here it is, your hundreds years old and very wise dwarf is done! It is ready to protect your home from evil spirit and save the coziness and warmth inside!

Warnings

  • I advise you to make the gnome sitting on its bottom in order not to lean it against the wall. You may either stick heavy coins to its footsteps and this weight will hold the gnome in the straight position.

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Comments

  1. Nicol 14 June 2014 :

    This dwarf looks so cute. I always thought that this creature is rather scary. What have inspired you to make it?

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