This is my first Instructable, so please bear with me!  I plan to get more specific as I gain experience.  Anyways, here goes... this is a collection of step-by step photos of a squirrel I needle felted .  Needle felting is a method of felting wool using a barbed needle.  Basically, you repeatedly stab a clump of loose wool.  The barbs on the needle cause the wool fibers to tangle.  The more you poke, the more tangled the wool becomes.  Eventually you get felt!  As you can imagine, needle felting can be a very cathartic experience.

Step 1: Get a Lot of Wool

There are tons of online sources for wool and other feltable fibers.  You'll quickly discover there are many different types of wool- roving, batts, etc.  Batts are the easiest to felt with, however they can be expensive.  Do a bit of searching- the cheapest option may be loose wool that's been washed, but otherwise unaltered.  That said, here's my pic of processed wool roving in every color of the rainbow...
<p>so cute!!! looks almost real!!!</p>
<p>Great job on the instructable. I've just started dabbling in needle-felting, and it hadn't occurred to me to make a wire form! That makes so much sense. </p>
Wow great job ! for a first job, this is so cool!
<p>He is sooo cute! I wanna make one!! He looks like the two live squirrels who get themselves nuts out of the squirrel-feeder that hangs in front of my window, so realistic!</p>
Now that's what I call a crafty squirrel, and really nice!
Thank you kindly!
&quot;Nope, it's just Chuck Testa.&quot; <br>Nicely done instructable.
Ha! I had to look up Chuck Testa- hilarious! Thank you!
<strong>Beautiful</strong> work, jkanne!!! This little squirrel is 100% adorable!!!
Thank you!
It is so cute, very lifelike, nicely done!
Thank you kindly!
This is adorable, and super-realistic! I bet it really freaks out your pets.
Thank you! My dogs want to eat every critter I make. I think they're jealous because I spend hours hunched over little fuzzy wool animals when I should be petting them!
He is really cute! Nice job!!
Thank you much! <br>
"little innate artistic ability" pshhhhh <br />That is awesome! So squirrel-like, you are oozing artistic ability :D
You'd think differently if you saw my stick figures! Maybe 2D is where I lose it :). Anyways, thank you for your kind comment!
These are so darn adorable ! I've never needle felted before but this makes me wanna try it and make my own cute squirrel or something.
Thank you kindly! I hope you give it a try!

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