From the book, Felt Me A Smile by Tokyo Sugiwaka. Read our review <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/blog/felt-me-a-smile">here</a>.
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Cute, quirky, huggable, & lovable animal-inspired projects for crafters of every skill level! These 16 simple, useful, and wonderfully whimsical animal-inspired projects are guaranteed to elicit smiles all around. They use felting, embroidery, crochet, and fabric-painting techniques and are suitable for crafters of all levels and interests thanks to the step-by-step photographs, templates, and stitch-by-stitch instructions. Fans of today's popular Japanese crafts as well as animal-lovers everywhere, will find these ideas totally irresistible—from the twinkle-toed poodle baby booties to the adorable pair of hugging bears.© 2013 Toyoko Sugiwaka / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
Draw pieces of wool from the roving about 13 times and roll it between your palms to make a ball.
Hold the ball in your hand and poke the top with a felting needle until it is flat. Rotate ball and continue for 15 minutes to get a small ball.
Roll the ball between your palms to make a longer shape.
Poke the felting needle around the ends of the shape to round them.
Poke the felting needle around the neckline to form a head and body. Hold the head firmly between your fingers and poke to create the shape.
Hold the body upside down and poke in a line across the end to divide into two legs.
Pull legs to make them longer. Hold leg between two fingers and poke
Stretch the body a little by pulling it with your fingers poke in a line across the neck and nose.
Make ears and arms.
Attach ears and arms to head and body.
Take a little wool on your finger and poke it into place to create the nose and eyes.
Gently hold the body to make a curved back, then poke it. Sew each bearâ€™s hands to the otherâ€™s body.
Pass needle through the body to the other side before cutting off the yarn. Squeeze bears together to shape.