A needle felted chicken resting in a walnut shell nest can be a great simple gift for any chicken aficionado.
Needle felting supplies (needle & foam board)
Small pieces of wool roving (dark grey, red, yellow, blue)
Half of an empty walnut shell
Approximately six inches of embroidery thread
Hot glue gun
Gather the dark grey wool and gently shape the body of the chicken. Needle felt the body piece until you reach desired firmness and shape, double-checking that the size will rest nicely in the walnut shell.
Needle felt the (blue) eyes, (red) comb and wattle, and (yellow) beak as separate pieces on the needle felting foam board. When the pieces are firm and the correct size attach them carefully to the chicken body with your felting needle, shaping as you go along.
Note: I found it best to start felting in the center of the beak so that the top and bottom stick out three dimensionally. Spend time creating the shape and style that is most visually appealing. Be very careful with the sharp needle working in such a small space.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the chicken to the empty walnut shell.
Create a loop with embroidery thread, tying a knot in the bottom. Find an appropriate attachment point for the loop of string on the top side of the ornament so that the chicken balances evenly hanging from the thread. Either use your felting needle to bury the thread in the chicken body securely or use hot glue to attach the string to the chicken body — needle felting around any exposed glue when it is dry and cool.
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Megan Devine lives with her husband, four children, bees, pigs, & chickens on the edge of the wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota. She dabbles with fiber art, soap making, guitar playing, and Waldorf doll making. Feel free to drop a note via email to say hello!