Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"how to " make the panel-mouse

You will need : piece of wool for the head, piece of wool for the leg, felting needle, eyes,  little piece of skin-coloured felt, eyes ( 4 mm. ) thread ( white) pipe-cleaner, scissors, piece of cardboard
 You roll the piece of wool for the head in a egg-shape, one side more pointier.
Poke until it's firm-ish.
Poke the tiny piece of skin-coloured wool on the pointy side ( nose)
Like that :-)
Forgot to mention : super tiny piece of orange wool
Poke it in like this to form the mouth and nose-stripe
Until it looks like this . . . . 
Put pins in the head to determine the position of the eyes
Check from all sides if they are symmetrical
Put the thread trough the eye
Stick in the needle in the place where the eye will be and come out with the needle in the back of the head
Pull a bit and knot the string on the back of the head ( you can needle felt a bit of wool over it to hide the knots.
Work the other eye the same way
Cut ears and needle felt a bit of fluff on
Poke the ear on the head
Squeeze it a bit together to make it a bit folded
Work the other ear the same way ( check if they are symmetrical) and I put a bit of blusher in the ear, looks good :-)
Cut a piece of the skin-coloured felt for the leg and cut fingers
Glue the pipe-cleaner on it
And wrap a piece of the white wool, make sure the fingers bend a bit otherwise it looks funny.
You can stop now and wrap the little one in a blankie ( if you don't have eyes you can sew a little stripe for the eyes and it will look as he is asleep )
Get the piece of cardboard and draw a half circle around the head, like this
Cut it out and colour the inside black ( I used a marker) , I left a little white on the right side for the effect but you have to stick the finished mouse on something where the light comes from his right side ( for the proper effect)

You cut the leg so it's as short as this .
Tadaaaa meet Hank !

( by the way, the light comes from the wrong side, the effect is better if it comes from the other side)
So, I hope you all like this and I would say: go go go ! make lots of them !
Helen
                       

50 comments:

  1. wat een moppie, wou dat ik het kon :-(

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  2. Oh wie süß ist das denn, ich bin verliebt in dieses süße Wesen. Einfach eine geniale Idee, einfach nut toll. Weiter so ich liebe deine Arbeiten. Mit besten Grüßen von den DBears -- Dirk --

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    1. Vielen Dank Dirk ! Liebe Grüße für Dich :-)

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  3. LOVE this mouse...and love this mouse's name!!! Thanks for a great tutorial!!!

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    1. :-) I had fun doing this, I just hope I explained it well !

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  4. Helen: How very kind and generous of you to show how to make this dear little mouse Hank. I had never seen how the process of felting went so this was fascinating to me. Thanks so much. Oma Linda

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    1. Thank you so much dear Oma Linda ;-) !

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  5. Какое таинство рождения!!!!! Я до смерти боюсь мышей, а этот такой обаятельный, милы и добрый. Я думаю мне стоит завести такого мышонка (я уже и иглы для валяния купила и шерсть ;))))

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  6. Great tutorial Helen,very kind woman!!!! I know,I am a clumsy without hope about needlefelting, but maybe I can try following your very clear tips. Hank is so sweet :o) Kisses

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  7. Was für eine süße Ideee! So ein Mäuschen muss ich mir unbedingt auch bald machen. Vielen Dank für die Anleitung!

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    1. I'll bet you can make this look more real then real !

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  8. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! OH THANK-YOU, HELEN!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you April ! Now get going !!!!!!

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  9. Wow...adorable, Thank You!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  10. Wonderful! He is so sweet, wait till Barby sees it, she will love it! :D What a wonderful tutorial too. I still think you should write some for selling, they would be sooo popular. :) xxx

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    1. Sharon maybe one day if I not that insecure about my English I will do it :-)

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    2. I think your English is near perfect Helen, better than many people who have it as their first language! Besides, your photos speak for themselves. :) xxx

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  11. What absolute genius. I love the mouse-hole and mouse. Thanks for your demo.
    Charlotte xxx

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  12. Thank you for your permission to make some to sell Helen! I will try one and see if it sells on ebay. I think your mouse is darling! I will put my own spin on the head, as you know I make rounded mousey heads, not realistic, but my own style of mouse. You are so kind to share your knowledge with everyone! I bet there will be a lot of mice peeking from the walls around the world now. I know you said you would not sell them but I too think you should sell them! You are so clever my vriendin! :)

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    1. Barby I'm so looking forward to see your version !!
      Hugs from your vriendin Helen

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    2. How wonderful! Best of luck to you both! I can't wait to see your version Barby! Xxx

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  13. Yay! I'm so glad you did this wonderful tutorial. I've long admired your beautiful creations and wished I knew more about felting myself. Thank you. :)

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  14. Hoihoi Helen,

    Hank ziet er schattig uit! Muizen zijn erg in de mode (vind je het gek??), dus je hebt vast veel mensen blij gemaakt met je "lesje".
    Een tijdje geleden heb ik een muizentheemuts gebreid en vervilt. Het breien viel wel mee, maar die eindeloze draadjes afhechten... Vreselijk! Zeker met mijn slechte handen.
    De volgende theemuts wil ik gedeeltelijk breien (de muts zelf), terwijl de muisjes van wolvilt worden gemaakt. En jij laat zien, dat dat geweldig leuk gaat worden!
    Tot je volgende werkstuk.

    Groetsels

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  15. Thank you for showing us this amazing tutorial! One of these days, I am going to have to try needle felting. It looks very hard, but your instructions give me hope. :o)

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    1. Carolyn this would be the perfect beginning, it isn't hard at all ! Just a cone shape , that's all!
      Good luck !

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  16. Helen,
    thank you for sharing with us this great tutorial! I would like to try someday - needle felting looks fun!
    :)

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  17. This is such a lovely little mouse. Thank you for sharing with us you excellent work.

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  18. Oh Helen! This is adorable, I shall just have to have a try at making a wee mouse. We have so many of them rustling in the walls of this old cottage im sure one more would feel right at home lol x

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! What a sweet little mouse it makes! Hugs, Janice

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  20. I really dont know how you find the time to do all the projects you work on!! You are a very talented artist!! I have a terrible problem with envy every time I open your profile page. Keep up the wonderful work its beautiful to look at. A Loayal viewer-- Linda

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    1. Linda, thank you sooo much ! I work on my felted things all day, you wouldn't want to see the state of my house :-(

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  21. Its just lovely. I would love to make this one day.
    Have a great day Frederika

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  22. Me encanta! me lo voy a copiar.

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  23. Thanks a lot for this idea. It's soooooo cute.
    Andrea

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  24. Such a clear and generous tutorial. You have a kind heart and a quick eye. Thank you very much.

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  26. I don't think that my last comment posted.... Thank you so much for the tutorial! I can't wait to try this.... My daughters nickname is LeilaMouse!! I hope to be able to make her one!

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