How to Make a Roving Angel | home decor, crafts, diy, tutorial
Guest teacher, Robyn Crowningshield, stops by the DIY Sheep Crafts blog to share her Roving Angel Tutorial. This detailed tutorial will take you through the process of making your very own angel out of wool roving, step-by-step.
How to Make a Roving Angel
with Robyn Crowningshield
If you are new to fiber crafts, you may be wondering, "What the heck is roving?" Roving is a long, narrow, loose rope of fiber, most commonly wool, but it can be another type of fiber or sheep wool blended with cotton, silk, alpaca, goat, etc. The raw fiber is first carded (or brushed) so that the individual fibers are going somewhat in the same direction, and will hold the form of a long strand. Roving is typically the prerequisite product needed in order to spin yarn. But, roving can be used for all sorts of other fun fiber crafts!
What You'll Need
- Roving - 14-inch piece, white and 10-inch piece (white or colored) for body
- Roving - 8-inch piece, white & 7 1/2 inch piece (white or colored) for wings
- Roving - small 11-inch piece, white to roll for arms
- Yellow string (any shade of your choice) - 10-inch piece for headband or a five-inch piece of roving
- Yellow string (any shade of your choice) - 21-inch piece for body bow
- Yellow string (any shade of your choice) - 10-inch piece for the hanger
- Black eyes (glass eyes or two small pieces of black roving)
- Embroidery Needle
- #38 Felting Needle (all purpose)
- Felting surface that is at least 1 1/2 inch thick (like a sponge or foam piece)
If you would like to purchase a Roving Angel kit from Robyn, please send her an e-mail.
Safety First!Always practice good needle felting safety:
- Pull the needle out the same way you inserted it into the wool—do not twist or turn the needle
- Needle slower when working close to your fingers
- While working, always secure the needle in your foam when setting it down
Roving Angel Tutorial
There are many ways to make these beautiful angels...everyone will have their own style.
- 1. Take the longest piece (14”) of roving and tie it in a knot in the middle. This will form the base of the head.
- 2. Fold the top half over the knot.
- 3. Place the longest piece of embroidery thread behind the head......below the knot. Bring it around front, even it out and tie a double knot. Leave the ends hanging.
- 4. Using the 10-inch piece, make a hole in the center of it with your fingers. This will go over the head. Make sure the embroidery thread is sticking out between the main body and the top piece.
- 5. Using the 38 gauge (red head) needle, felt the shoulders around the head/neck area lightly. This is to pull the wool closer to the head.
- 6. Separate the layers of the body...top and bottom. Pull the top half over the head. Lay the wings on top of the body, horizontally. Put the 8-inch piece of roving on first then the 7-inch piece on top. Tuck it up next to the head.
- 7. Lightly needle felt the wings to the body using the 38 gauge (red) needle.
- 8. Roll a small, thin log until it's 12-14 inches long. This will be the arms.
- 9. Fold the rolled log in half and lay it on top of the wings, close to the head. Needle felt it in place, lightly.
- 10. Bring each end toward the center and needle felt the ends in place. You have now made the arms.
- 11. Pull the body wool down, from over the head. Bring the embroidery yarn from the back and cross them in the front. Wrap the yarn around to the back. Wrap it around to the front then tie a bow.
- 12. Using the long locks, needle felt on the hair. You can just place the fuzzy ends on the head and felt away. Pull some down over the shoulders. Felting to hold in place. Add more fuzzy wool around the front to frame the face.
- 13. Using the 10-inch piece of embroidery yarn, wrap it around the head, near the top, tie a knot in the back. Leave it hanging.
- 14. Add the eyes. You can either needle felt tiny pieces of wool or use glass eyes. If using the glass eyes, poke a hole in the head where you want to put the eyes in, and add a drop of glue to hold in place.
- 15. Using the other 10-inch piece of embroidery yarn, thread it through the embroidery needle. Run the embroidery needle through the head near the face. Tie the ends together and pull the knot back into the head.
- 16. You can now groom your angel using your hands. Pull the wings to a tip and twist them. You may needle felt them at the end, if you wish. Gently pull the body together.
You have just finished your beautiful angel!
We hope you enjoyed making your Roving Angel! To see what other projects you can make, and to learn more about Robyn's monthly needle felting kits, visit Cozie Nook Homestead.
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