Monthly Archives: August 2012

Needle felted noses

Finding the right nose for crochet dolls and amigurumi sometimes can be a bit of a challenge. Needle felting is a great way to make the perfect nose.

You probably know the shape and size for the right nose, but getting it isn’t easy. For some projects an embroidered nose ‘ll do great. But some crochet dolls need a more specific nose, like a little ball for a bear or mouse, or a flat triangle shaped soft nose for a cat.

I’ve tried many things like flat felt noses to sew on, embroider with a thick yarn till it was round enough, or putting yarn around a safety eye to get the right nose. That all didn’t work out too well.

A good and quite easy way to make a perfect and soft nose, is to needle felt it. All you need is a thin needle felt needle and a piece of foam. To felt with, you can use the wool you crochet with. Just grab a thread and fluff the part of it you think you’ll need to get the right size nose. Don’t forget to leave a long tail for sewing. Roll it into a loose ball and start pricking it, till it is the desired shape and firm enough. It really works well, you can even needle felt it tighter or more in shape after you sewed it on your doll his head.

Here’s an example with what you need, two loosely felted nooses and the firm felted nose I made for my Forest Mouse.

crochet doll nose

Project on hold

Resuming from now!

Hi all, right after I started working on the forest mouse, we went on holiday. I packed a little mouse project bag, so I could work ahead in the evenings, but that wasn’t really possible. So the bag remains the same:

crochet in a bag

My holiday was amazing though! We went camping in Switzerland. Every day we hiked and saw the most beautiful and divergent landscapes. We saw a lot of Switzerland’s famous Murmeltiere, (ground hogs) and I just love them, they are such beautiful and funny rodents. One time I took a picture of one I thought, but later discovered there where four in that picture, all sitting like statues in front of their little houses. Hehe! But back to crochet, I was going to crochet in the evenings but it was too dark, or my light wasn’t bright enough….that didn’t work out. But I’m looking forward to the finished mouse so it won’t be long before he’s finished.

I hope you all had a great holiday too, back to normal life now….always tough after am amazing vacation.