Look, it’s a mini teacup! And you know how we feel about mini things. Ever tried needle felting? This tutorial by Gretel Parker is a great project to get you started. You can make a set for the little ones in your life (only the best china for our tikes) or make one to use as a practical pincushion. Here’s how…
You will need:
• 20g merino wool roving for the cup and saucer (M)
• Small amounts of merino wool roving for the decoration
• Small amounts of merino wool roving for the drink
• Two size 40 triangular needles and a holder
• A felting mat to work on
• Embroidery thread
• Embroidery needle
Finished teacup size: 4 x 8cm
Finished saucer size: 8cm
Take a length of roving (M), measuring 50 x 4cm. Tease it out gently to make a flattish strip, then roll it up to make a short tube. Begin shaping the teacup, using two needles. Squeeze one end in as you work, to make it smaller and turn as you go, to keep the cup round.
When you’ve formed the teacup, take a pinch of wool and make a little handle. Shape it on your felting mat first and, while it is still quite soft, fix it to the side of the cup.
Use one needle to sculpt a fancy edge.
Cover the cup neatly with a thin layer of wool, using one needle to finish off the surface.
Take a good pinch of your beverage wool (we used a hot chocolate colour) and needle felt it to the top of the cup. Wind the wool in a circular direction as you work.
Now add the surface pattern. For a flowery effect, use one needle and tiny wisps of wool to suggest roses and leaves. Keep it loose and free, so that it resembles hand painted porcelain. You can also use beads for the surface pattern or try embroidering directly onto the felt.
To make the saucer: take a length of roving (M) 30 x 4cm in length. Wind it into a saucer shape and begin working with two needles. Turn it frequently, so that you get a good circular shape. Hold the edge upwards as you work, so that you get a raised rim.
When the saucer is 8cm in diameter, cover it with a fine layer of wool, as you did with the cup. Sew some plain stitching around the rim and inside the edge of the cup handle.