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My name is Martina Staniek, and I make OOAK (One Of A Kind) Teddy Bears and other soft sculptures.
I also knit and crochet - i always on the search for those very diffrent and fantastic pattern.
Last year i learned to Spin, and now i also create wonderfull and unique yarn.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tutorial - Basic form - egg shape

I tried how to show an basic form.
It is not much use to shoot single photos, because i need 2 hands to hold the wool into place.
So i made a short video, and then extracted the pictures.
To compare the whole thing … i try to post the video too

Please, let me know, if this pictures actually are showing how to make an egg shape, if you feel, you would understand what i try to show you, when you never did it before.
A little bit of text to go with it :)
Take a sheet of wool in one hand, here the left hand.
Hold it flat between fingers and thumb.
Slide with the thumb of the other hand (the right one) over the outside of the sheet, bending it inward, over your left thumb.
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Hold the bend edge with the right thumb, and carefully pull out the thumb of the left hand

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Hold the folded sheet between your left fingers and thumb, and again slide the outside with your right thumb over the left thumb.
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Pull out the left thumb while you hold it with your right thumb into place.
Press the sheet together again with the left hand.
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Now while holding the rolled sheet between thumb and fingers of the left hand, slide with your right thumb over the top roll of the sheet and bend it down over your left thumb.
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Hold it with your right thumb, pull out the right thumb, and stroke with the LEFT thumb this time the edge of the sheet over your right thumb.
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Fold and roll this way left, right and top over your thumbs.
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When you got just a tiny little bit of wool left, hold it tight between your fingers
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And lay it on your felting pad, pressing it together.
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Take your needle, and start tagging the hair together.
Now you should be able to let go of the form
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Now you start needling the form.
´Keep stabbing the egg to get the excess air out, and get the hair tangled up.
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Keep turning and rolling
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Pooking the egg from all sides
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Take care of your fingers, this needle is very sharp
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In between press the form between your fingers, to feel and see if there are bags of air.
It is hard to show what i mean, but it feels like there are a spot where you sink into the form…
There you needle some more.
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When your shape is of a nice consistence, not to soft, not to hard, you might think it is to small.
So get yourself a sheet of wool
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And do just like you did at the beginning, Lay it onto the shape, and gently slide the loose wool onto the shape.
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Needle a few times to keep it into place, and add more if you feel you have to.
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Again, lay the shape onto the sheet, and slide the loose fibres over the shape.
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When you covered it enough, start to needle all the loose and soft wool into shape again.
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Stab from all sides.
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Do not forget to roll the form, so you really stab from all sides evenly.
Press the form in-between to feel bad spots
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And take care of your fingers :)
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This shape is mostly used for body's.
When you make the form more like a round ball, it would be used for heads, the chest part for bunnies.
Longer and thinner parts are used for arms and legs.


  1. Very nice, what a lot of work to put this tutorial together, thank you.

    1. thank you joanne :)
      this is a first try, because i plan on making a lot more tutorials, and trying to find the best way to do them :)

  2. Love the tutorial Martina. Thank you.