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Needle Felted Pomegranate

By Laura Lee Burch 

The pomegranate symbolizes fruitfulness, learning, knowledge and wisdom. Inside the pomegranate are many, many crunchy, tart but sweet tasting red seeds and this is the part that you eat. The seeds are eaten by themselves (snack), put into salads or squeezed for their juice.

Needle felted vessels are easy to make, they’re useful and they make great gifts! It helps to look at a photo as you make your piece or better yet, if they’re in season, have a real pomegranate in front of you while you create.

Pomegranate Vessel 15″ diameter x 7.5″ tall

Materials:

Red wool (approximately 30g)

White wool (approximately 20g)

Poly fiber-fill or core wool  (approximately 50g)

Sponge felting surface

Felting needles-medium gauge

Felting needle handles (for 4 to 10 needles is preferable)

Sewing thread to wrap shapes

scissors

1. With sewing thread, wrap poly fiber-fill or core wool into a firm ball (15″ diameter). Felt red wool over the entire ball.

2. Cut the ball in half with scissors. To hollow out the ball, pull out the core of poly fiber- fill or core wool from both halves of the ball. It’s very important not to pull too much of the poly fiber-fill out or the sides with be weak and floppy.

3. With white wool, needle felt the inside halves of the ball, felt till firm and smooth. Sculpt the insides of the ball into bowl shapes, emphasize felting in the curved areas of the interiors of the ball. Hold the two halves next to each other while felting to help make both sides the same. Felt red wool along the edges.

4. With sewing thread, wrap a handful of poly fiber fill or core wool for the knob at the top of the pomegranate. Cover the knob with red wool, needle felt till firm and smooth, leave the bottom of the shape unfelted so it can be felted/attached to the top of the pomegranate easier.

5. Place the red knob on the top half of the pomegranate, needle felt into place. Cover the area where the two shapes meet with  red wool, needle felt around the connecting area to make the connection seamless.

6. To make the flaps on top of the pomegranate, take 5 tufts of wool. Find the center of each tuft and fold both sides down to make a triangular shape. Needle felt the triangles till firm and smooth.

7. With scissors, cut out the center of the pomegranate knob. Needle felt the flaps around the top of the knob. Fill in the hollowed out area with red wool and needle felt till firm and smooth.

Laura Lee Burch, originally from Greenfield, Indiana, lives with her husband and three daughters in Tel Aviv, Israel.  A graphic designer and illustrator by training, she is an avid crafter and sewing designer, and the author of two sewing books on children’s clothing and accessories.  You can contact her by visiting her website LauraLeeBurch.com.

Posted by Living Crafts on Oct 9, 2011 01:24 PM | 16 Comments

16 Responses to “Needle Felted Pomegranate”

  1. johanne gagne says:

    Nice project to do. I’ll try it as soon as I order and receive new felting needles.

    Thank you and have a nice fall.

    Greetings from Northwest Territories Brrrrrr!!!! :)

  2. Laura M. says:

    Looks like fun. My girls love containers.

  3. Lynn says:

    Definitely something worth putting on the coffee table as a conversation piece.

  4. Myriam says:

    waouhhh! comme elle est belle! merci!
    Shana tova pour toi et ta famille
    A bientot, Myriam

  5. dara says:

    What a lovely container! Thank you!

  6. cat macri says:

    Looks like fun! Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Linda K says:

    We have a special story about a pomegranite with seeds of gold. I finally have a way to make a prop for it! Thanks!

  8. Sarah Northrip says:

    How beautiful! I will definitely get started on one!

  9. jennifer says:

    What a charming pomegranate!

  10. Doris says:

    Bellisimo!!!
    Muchas gracias por el excelente tutorial
    Besos

  11. wonderful project ! My fingers are permanently stained right now from eating them daily now. I am so fortunate, there are many trees growing on the property.

  12. Meg Kubiak says:

    this is sooo cool! I like how you cut your object and then felted the edges to look as if they were made separately, but actually started as a whole, very cohesive

  13. linda says:

    I love these ideas-I have just learned to felt and was wondering what else I could make with this cool craft-thanks for the ideas

  14. you could have an amazing blog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?

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