Take a fistful of fiberfill, about the size of a 2 ½” Styrofoam ball. Roll into a ball and compress as much as you can. Take some Moss Green wool roving and wrap around the fiberfill. Place the piece onto the needle felting mat. Using the needle pen tool, carefully punch the wool roving into the fiberfill. The needle punching meshes the fibers together and attaches the roving to the fiberfill. While you are punching, flip the piece over, back and forth, to get a nice even coverage. Continue punching all around the piece until it is completely covered. To make the shell, shape the piece into a circle and punch it into a flatter shape. Make an indention by punching around the circle about ¼” from the edge.
To make the shell pieces, you will need the Rose mold and Lime Green wool roving. Place the mold onto the mat. Place a little Lime Green roving into the small heart shape. Use the needle pen tool to punch the roving into shape, following the manufacturer’s directions. Remove the heart shape and cut the heart in half. Place one half onto the mat and punch a little more to shape the edges. Shape the piece into a teardrop. Repeat these steps to more times so that you have a total of five teardrops (you will have one extra) Arrange the shell pieces on top of the shell, referring to the pictured sample for placement. Place the piece onto the mat. Carefully punch each piece to attach to the shell. To add dimension, punch around the outline of the pieces and pinch the pieces to puff up more.
Take a small amount of fiberfill, about the size of two cotton puff balls. Wrap the fiberfill with the Lime Green wool roving. Attach the wool roving to the fiberfill as you did with the shell but this time shape the head as you needle punch. Shape into a rounded 3-D teardrop. After the head is shaped place the neck (thin end) under the shell. Turn the shell over and attach the neck by needle punching into the shell. Thread the needle and sew on a black bead onto each side of the head for the eyes.
Place the Rose mold onto the needle feting mat. Place a little Lime Green roving into the medium heart. Needle punch to form the heart shape. Remove the heart and fold it in half, creating a teardrop shape. Needle punch the two sides together, making sure you catch the edges. Place the wider end under the shell, opposite of the head. Turn the shell over and attach the tail to the shell by needle punching.
Place the Rose mold onto the needle felting mat. Place some Lime Green roving into the largest heart. Needle punch to from the heart shape. Remove the heart and fold in half to from one teardrop shape. Place onto the mat and carefully needle punch the edges together. As you needle punch, pull the thinner end slightly and curve to from the fins. Repeat these steps four times to make four fins.
Place the wider ends of the fins under the shell; refer to the pictured sample for placement. Turn the shell over and carefully needle punch around the wider end of the fins to attach to the shell
Look over the turtle to see if you need to add more color because the fiberfill is showing through. If needed, add a small piece of roving at a time and needle punch the area. Smooth over the felt and needle punch as necessary to finish.
© 2008 Ben Franklin
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