Who remembers the 12 Days of Christmas carol? Our felted partridge in a pear tree is a nod to that festive classic. Our felt bird series began some time ago with our felted turtle doves. We created a simple way to make felted animals using foam balls as the center piece. We then wrap a fine layer of roving felt around the foam form and use an old felting needle to attach the two together. Details can then be added with smaller pieces of roving felt or wool felt sheets. We have found this technique to be super-simple and so we followed up our turtle doves with a beautiful european robin, a couple frosty looking penguins, the cutest chicks you ever did see and a handsome red cardinal. Now, we are sharing this gorgeous little partridge. Our pattern and tutorial includes everything you need to know to make the felted partridge and the pear fruits. Members can download the pattern, materials list and instructions below. If you are not yet a member, head over this way to save on annual membership today! You can also gift our membership to a friend – what better holiday gift than the gift of creativity?
To complete this project, you can take a small twig wreath which you can pick up from the local florist or craft store. Take a length of floral wire and attach it to the feet of your partridge by twisting it around the ‘ankle’. Secure the partridge to the wreath at an angle by poking the wire through the twigs and twisting to secure. Next, take another length of floral wire and poke it through the base of the pear on the side. Set the pear in the wreath and secure to the twigs by threading it through and twisting to secure.
I would suggest that you play around with the placement of your partridge and pears before you secure anything down. I like to set my wreath of a table and move pieces around until I feel that it looks ‘right’. This is unique to everyone so have a little confidence in your ability to design something that is perfect for you!
- Detail Scissors
- Lia Griffith Felting Pad
- Lia Griffith Needle Felting Needle Holder
- Lia Griffith Felting Needles – pack of 6
- Wire Cutters
- Needle Felting Roving Wool – Natural Light, Licorice, and Natural Medium (Partridge) and Sprout and Yellow (Pear)
- Wool Blend Felt – Doe Brown, White, Tangerine, and Black (Partridge) and Juniper (Pear)
- 4mm Black Needle Felting Eyes
If you have been inspired to make any of our felted birds, make sure to share your creations with us on our Facebook page or using #DIYDreamingWithLia on Instagram or Twitter. We love to see your work! ~ Lia and the Team
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.