Playing with your Needle Felted Food on Craftsy

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Needle felted Cheeseburger and Fries

Playing with your Food, is one of the needle felting projects that I’ve been working on for several months with the Craftsy website and it’s finally up and ready for registration! I’ve designed and wrote tutorials for needle felted foods, toys for children. The workshop contains step-by-step instructions and photos of how to make several different types of foods and deserts, things that I thought kids would identify with. The cool thing about this workshop is if a student has questions along the way, they can send me their questions and I’ll answer them and help them with their project.

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Needle felted Hamburger fixin's

I designed the projects at a beginner’s level and a needle felting basics section is also included. The basics of needle felting (the way I do it) are outlined and explained also with step-by-step photos and instructions.

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Needle felted Hotdog and Fries

As an imaginative toy for children, food is one of my favorites to sew and/or needle felt. Small children can use fruits and vegetables or their favorite foods to learn names, colors, shapes and counting. Older children can use the food you needle felt for them to “play market” or to “play restaurant.” With a little set-up help from an adult (providing paper bags, a basket, play plates, an apron, a pad of paper for taking restaurant orders, a table cloth or making a menu) playing market or restaurant can provide very creative situations for your children where their pretend games can also be a platform for them to learn social skills and math, using their needle felted food as tools.

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Needle Felted Desserts

Safety:  Please remember that not all needle felted foods, as natural and unbreakable as they are, are appropriate for children of all ages if they contain small pieces. If you have children that put things in their mouths and you make these needle felted foods, with a sewing needle and thread sew the small parts  onto the tart and cupcake or omit the small pieces (blue berries,  strawberries and cherry) completely.

Note: These needle felted items will be available on my Etsy site at the end of the summer:)

Needle Felted Halloween Masks

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Needle Felted Rooster Mask

I don’t know what it is about costumes and masks that get my imagination going! Emili has brought this rooster mask to life (after much complaining about having to model it); from this costume I’ve thought to make angry birds, a punk mohawk headpiece, a gladiator helmet and an owl mask-alas, there’s just not enough time.

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Vogue Elephant

This mask and pose make Elli look like a young celebrity elephant posing for a photo shoot in Elephants Today.

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Needle felted Rat Mask-Where's my cheese?

  The Rat Masks were made as an ode to my girls’ pet rats: Bibbl and Harry. Check out the fimo teeth!

Hallowee, Purim, Theater masks
Rat teeth detail

And last but not least, the very pink lounge singer, the elegant Ms. Flamingo…

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Ms. Flamingo

See last years needle felted masks here: http://www.lauraleeburch.com/blog/2010/10/playing-and-teaching-with-needle-felted-masks/ and

 http://www.lauraleeburch.com/blog/2010/10/needle-felted-halloween-masks/

You can find this year’s mask in my shop:  here

The Princess & the Pea, Needle Felted Fairytales

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The princess and the pea, needle felting and sewing fairytales

I’m glad that my in-laws didn’t put me through any weird “quality tests” when they first met me (as the princess’ mother did when she put the pea between the mattresses of the princess- in-question!)

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She can’t sleep because there are vegetables in her bed!

The princess is one of the needle felted pipe cleaner dolls I’ve been making. I made her dress from part of a beautifully, hand crafted tea towel (I bought it at an antique store in Greenfield, Indiana). The little mattresses are actually very tiny pillows that I sewed from cotton, the pea is needle felted and I made the bed from cardboard, duct tape, felt and dowel rods. The bedposts are needle felted with dowel rods inside to keep them sturdy. The bed came out pretty well, all the dimensions came from measuring the mattresses. It’s pretty strong, although I wouldn’t want a small child to try to sit on it, the way I often see small children trying to use miniature things!   

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Is she or is she not a princess?

I like the mixture of sewing and needle felting in this project, the many different pieces of cotton fabrics in the matressess and bed coverings give the piece an interesting look, something visually busier than what results from the solid colors of felted pieces. 

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Happy princess and her pea.

The first thing my girls did when they saw the princess in her bed was to look for the pea. With small children, I think that a simple game of hide and seek with the pea could be fun.

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Needle felted, cotton pipe cleaner doll

Needle Felted Finger Puppets Tutorial

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The puppy licked my nose!

Finger puppets help bring out the imagination in our children; the imagined worlds and characters of children are fascinating to watch! With this simple tutorial, you can make animals, monsters, aliens, sea creatures, people or whomever your imagination might introduce to you. Adults and children alike,please be careful with the felting needles, as they are very sharp, please supervise your children while felting.

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piggy tail

The secret to needle felting is SHAPES! You determine the shapes that make up an object, felt each one and sew and/or felt them together-Voila-easy as pie! I will show you step-by step how to make the frog finger puppet in this tutorial, but there is a shapes guide that can be printed for the cow-pig-rat-frog and dog at the end of the tutorial to help you determine the shapes that make up the other animals.

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pig, cow, rat, frog and needle felted finger puppets

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Fairy Real Estate-Needle felted Tree Stump Playscape

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Gnome Home-Needle felted tree stump playscape

FOR SALE: Magical Luxury Villa, 606 Forest Floor Way-Loft/Studio space, pond view, spacious interior with a nice mushroom garden, a quiet and friendly neighborhood, close to the Cricket Kindergarten, a good location: 5 minutes from downtown Snail Square, the Toad and Stool Pub and Forest Mini Market. 
Listing Price: 6 acorns, 2 snails and a pile of leaves

The gnome seller of this beautiful home must sell quickly as he’s bought a mushroom condo in a warmer climate. -Please contact Forest and Fauna Fairy Real Estate agent Laura Lee Burch to make an offer. 

The tree stump is spacious
The tree stump has a spacious interior "home space".

I’ve deemed myself a fairy real estate broker, qualified to help fairy folk find the home that best suits them.

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Let your imagination run wild!

I’m holding an open house at the property: Come one, come all! Truffle Beer and gnome nummies will be served.

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Open house guests mingle in the garden