Needle Felted Guitar and Keytar!
by Zee Kesler
A needle felted guitar (and/or keytar) is a fun and easy project to make out of wool! All you need are a few supplies to get started:
- Wool roving in a selection of colors (about 200 ish g)
- A couple felting needles
- A 1- 1.5" piece of foam. (You can get free foam offcuts from foam shops and upholstery shops!)
- scissors/exacto knife
Here's step by step tutorial to create a Needle Felted Guitar!
- Trace the shape of your instrument onto cardboard
- Cut out your cardboard shape-this will serve as your template
- Using a marker, trace your instrument template onto your foam.
- Cut out your foam instrument using scissors or an exacto blade. If you use the blade, use a surface underneath your foam as you cut.
- Test it: rock out a bit
- Pull small tufts of wool and lay on the top of your foam guitar shape
- Use your felting needle to gently stab bits of wool into place
- Once you have your base layer you can add on your little details!
- Add enough wool so the foam underneath doesn't show through, but not so much that it's super thick.
- Make sure to wrap your wool around the edges of your foam as well
- If you make a mistake, it's easy to pull the wool off and fix it!
- Start a felted instrument band
What is Needle Felting?
Needle felting involves using a sharp barbed needle to sculpt and shape wool roving into 3D shapes like animals, landscapes, food, or even masks or clothing. Many people we’ve taught to felt at workshops at schools, libraries and event comment on how easy and stress relieving it is! A little stabbing can really get the stress out; hence why teachers seem to love felting so much!
Wool is used in knitting, weaving, crocheting and even wet felting, and has been for year. However, the phenomenon of needle felting is new. The invention of the industrial felting machine inspired someone, somewhere to remove a single needle from the machine and use it to sculpt.
In needle felting, it is best to use wool that catches easily on felting needles. All of the Magic Trout Imaginarium’s felting kits use Corriedale wool. Our wool is sustainable sourced wool from Ashford in New Zealand, colored with natural non toxic dyes.
Once you learn the art of felting you can move onto creating your own wonderous wool creations. Check out our blog for tutorials as well as our gallery to see all the fun projects you could create with wool! We also have a Youtube channel, Instagram and Pinterest
Still not convinced? Read about why wool is so awesome here
There are so many felting tools out there. To start, don’t worry about having everything out there, just focus on the basics: needles, wool and a felting surface.