There she is…sweet mama blue bird!

This was my first attempt at needle felting an animal. I followed the tutorial previously referenced in the “little nest” post. I photographed the steps as shown below.

1) First I Google Image searched “bluebird” and printed out a visual reference. I needle felted the basic body shape in white. I decided to skip the legs and feet since she will be sitting on her eggs in the felty nest.

2) Next I added blue detail on the head and back.

3) I needle felted the tail separately until I was happy with the shape, then overlapped it onto the back.

4) Red detail added to the breast.

5) Wings made separately as done with the tail. I tried to get them approximately the same size and shape.

6) Wings attached…

7) The beak was tricky…so small and difficult to shape!

The whole process took about 2 hours. It was really pretty easy but requires patience. I recommend cleaning your felting needles with alcohol before starting, because it is likely you will poke yourself! I am by no means an expert on this…you should give it a try! Update: Here is another great bird making tutorial that I was reminded about!