Sunday, July 6, 2014

Needle felted Hamanaka Pandas kit and Penguin cube!

Hamanaka Pink and Grey Pandas Ki!

Cube penguin adapted from a needle felting book!

Moving house sucks. Especially when it comes to rentals. *sighs* ANYWAY, how cute are the pandas and the cube penguin?? This is the Hamanaka Wool Felt Pandas kit, which I purchased from etsy. The pandas have a round ball body with tail nubs. Very simple but kawaii kit!

As for the cube penguin, I adapted it from a chinese needle felting book, which is not available from the same etsy seller at the moment. It is one of the best needle felting books I've come across! It has really kawaii needle felted goodies in there AND it also teaches the basic techniques to start off your projects. I use Hamanaka core wool for all my projects. Melamine foam (as the core) unfortunately doesn't work out for me.

When I am truly settled in the new RENTAL, I will look at making needle felting tutorials! :D


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Needle Felted Kawaii Marshmallows: Mr and Mrs Kawaii Marshmallow

Mr and Mrs Kawaii Marshmallow!

I initially made Mr Kawaii Marshmallow just because I "felt" like it. Hah! Then I started making a pink coloured Mrs Kawaii Marshmallow to accompany Mr Kawaii Marshmallow. I turned them both into brooches and wear them out. I encouraged my colleagues at work to squish it and they are just like squishy marshmallows! :D

From some media sources, I am able to see how great some of the needle felted projects are! I make my needle felted projects less fluffy/fuzzy as possible as less fluffiness creates a cleaner/ sharper, finished look. Also, I "shallow-felt" to finish up the project so it doesn't end up with big felting needle holes as needle felted projects are prone to.

Mr. Kawaii Marshmallow and Mr Kawaii Cloud is made with Hamanaka Core Wool, needle felted into shape and then covered with Hamanaka's Twinkle Series felting wool in white. It looks like glossy wool. Mrs Kawaii Marshmallow is covered with Hamanaka light pink wool. More shaping and shallow needle felting later, I poke 2 holes with an awl then glued the eyes into place. Then I finish off the projects with kawaii pink cheeks and a cute smile!

I am hoping that I will be able to make a tutorial for Mr and Mrs Kawaii Marshmallow AND Mr Kawaii Cloud soon!!

For now, thank you & enjoy! :D

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hamanaka Penguin and Hamster needle felting kit

Yep, I gave the hamster longer ears so it looks more like a rabbit instead with a nub tail (not pictured).

It's a fun kit and it took almost 2 hours for each animal.

For the blue penguin, you have to wrap the blue felt around TWICE to get the colour to pop, including the white for the tummy. I used 2 layers but I think 3 layers will make the white tummy stand out more.

As for the hamster/rabbit, one layer of the yellow felt is enough.

FYI, the blue, white and yellow felt came in felt sheets. No, regular pieces of felt from the craft stores will not work! As for the core wool, it came in a really thick sheet of short fibre wool, which is absolutely fantastic compared to roving merino wool!

If you are interested in purchasing the Hamanaka Core Wool on it's own, you can purchase it from 1127handcrafter at etsy.
 Packaged Hamanaka Core Wool

Hamanaka Core Wool 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Needle felted flowers, kawaii cloud and bunny!

These are all made with a mix of Hamanaka Wool Candy, Dream Felt economy batt and core felt.

The ones with smiley faces and the big purple flowers are covered by Hamanaka Wool Candy. The flowers are all made with coloured economy batts.

For Hamanaka supplies, I purchase from: 1127handcrafter at Etsy. Best prices and fast shipping!

Not sure if you could see it but I covered this kawaii cloud with Hamanaka Twinkle Series Wool and it's actually a bit brighter and shiny! :D

I hope to make tutorials one day! Right now, I am still fiddling with needle felting goodies, camera and tripod.

Enjoy!! :D

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hamanaka Wool: Candy Nep, Irodori Yasai and Crayon

Here's another haul!

Candy Nep

Crayon (I only got 2 colours)

Vegetable Dye Series: Irodoi Yasai
TOP: Pumpkin, Basil
BOTTOM: Spinach, Tomato, Carrot

Photo credit: 1127handcrafter Etsy

Friday, April 25, 2014

Needle Felted Hamanaka Kit Welsh Corgi and Hamanaka Wool Candy Haul!

I made a needle felted Corgi. It took 6 hours. 6 HOURS!! It was worth it even if it didn't look like the one on the packaging.

I learned about Hamanaka Wool Candy and the Hamanaka Kits from Maqaroon's Youtube videos.

For the needle felted Welsh Corgi, I use the Hamanaka Kit from etsy shop Hallowinko. I am too embarrassed to show more photos of it!

As shown below are felting wool haul that I got from 2 etsy shops: hallowinko and 1127handcrafter. Both sellers are from Hong Kong. (Please ignore the price tags as they are in HK$)

The next 2 photos are Hamanaka Felket Needle Felting Wool. Not really worth it in my opinion BUT it helps make needle felting faster. I didn't know until I've received it (small price difference, Felket is a bit more expensive)
Felket is a piece of wool for needle felting. I vaguely remember one piece is only 15cm x 22cm.

More Hamanaka Wool Candy-liciousness!

Hamanaka Wool Candy Twinkle Series

Hamanaka Colored Wool Series
Shetland & Organic Wool (so soft!) 

The wool below is 1127handcrafter's own brand of short fibre wool.
The seller is nice enough to send me a sample to try and I absolutely love it! It is so much easier and a lot faster to neede felt with! I don't have to cut or pull a long sliver if I need a small amount.

Hope this post is kind of informative! :D

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Needle felted kawaii kitten inspired by Hamanaka kitten kit

Here is my version of the kawaii kitten! All details are needle felted, including the eyes, mouth and whiskers!

I followed Maqaroon's instructions via her video tutorial for "Make Adorable Kittens Using a DIY Needle Felt Kit". I LOVE HER VIDEOS especially the sound of her showing and opening the packages of the Hamanaka Wool Candy and the DIY kits!! :D

Without further ado, here is my version of the kitteh!

Kawaii kitten hanging out with one of my boys! :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Needle felted sushi and strawberries!

Needle felted sushi and strawberries!

I used Core wool for all my needle felting projects instead of cutting a styrofoam base and needle felt wool over it.

As shown below are my needle felted projects!

Sushi selection


 Cupcake (with REAL strawberries!)

Mini Ice Cream