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Needle Felted Eyes: A basic picture tutorial by aphid777 Needle Felted Eyes: A basic picture tutorial by aphid777
Because so many people have asked me how I make eyes, I figured I'd post a simple, picture tutorial.  First off, I needle felt directly onto the crocheted surface.  I've never tried needle felting eyes separately and sewing them on, so if anyone has, I'd love to hear how it worked!  Anyway, these pictures are in order from left to right, top to bottom.

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1.  Supplies you will need: Wool roving-depending on what color eyes I'm making, I use a bunch of different shades of that color in order to get an effective color gradient.  I also choose a base color, in this case, black, and white will be used for the eye reflection.  You'll of course also need your handy-dandy needle felting needle!

2-3.  I first start with a small amount of the base color.  You don't need much.  You are simply going to make a basic outline/shape for the eyes.  Don't worry about show-through at this point.

4.  Once you like how the eyes are shaped and positioned, add more of the base color until there is no more show-through.

5.  You're now ready to add the iris colors!  I start off with the darkest color first and add it where needed.

6.  I then add a smaller amount of the next darkest shade within the confines of the darkest shade so that you can still see the darker edges and base color.

7.  The lightest shade is then added just to highlight the colors that are already there.  Lastly, add the reflective whites.

And there you have it, needle felted eyes! :)
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:iconmassacrexmoon:
massacreXmoon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018
advice on felting on flat (unstuffed parts)? Such as your sylveon ears. When i felt on the flat parts i always have little bits poking out of the other side
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donutmilly Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks so cute, it's adorable 
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wdw28ears Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
I must be doing something right!  I've broken 4 needles in 6 weeks. LOL
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks pretty amazing - I'd love to give it a try! You wouldn't happen to know if this works on knitted plushies, too, would you?
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  I don't see why not! :)
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just meant to tell you: Works like a charm^^ I need a little work with the whole thing, cause
my C'thul'hu looks more sad than creepy, but the eyes turned out wonderful! Thanks for a
great tutorial!
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rozbojniczka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, and how to combine it all into one, then you join a mascot? Glue? Sewing?

Need to try...
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chellerbel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Thanks so much for this tutorial!  Your eyes (and all of your creations, really) are truly amazing and inspiring.  I haven't yet tried this out, so this may not be an issue, but it looks like you needle felt on the finished and stuffed amigurumi, and I was wondering if the yarn color underneath the wool or even some fibers of stuffing come out when you are stabbing?  How do you control this?  Or do you use a different kind of stuff?  Thanks again for posting patterns to some of your beautiful work!
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MsKitawny Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thank you so much for making this . 
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Akaah Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
You helped me so much with this tutorial ! I'm always wondering how to do good eyes ! Thanks ! <3
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pkcoyo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
you should do youtube tutorials! you can make money through views and subscribers. 
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bleedingcolor Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay I am sorry, it probably sounds very stupid, but I never did anything like this before and it doesn't say how it stays on? Do you glue it or stitch it on the surface? Seems to be magic for me right now, hahahah. :D
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There are notches on the needle that condense the wool fibers and incorporate it into the surface :)
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bleedingcolor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Aahh, I see! (So it IS like magic ;D )

Thank you very much for the answer :heart:
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Thank you so much for this! All of your patterns are fantastic and easy to follow, and I'm so grateful to you for sharing them! I'm currently making Evee and the first five evolutions for a cousin's new baby, and having a great time making them :) Thanks again!
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad my patterns are working out for you!  I'd love to see the when you're all done! :la:
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't realize just how simple it'd be. Or at least, it seems like it. XD; Haha I haven't tried needle felting before, but I am curious about it. The tutorial is very simple to follow. :aww: Thanks for sharing this information with the world! :aww:
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MayoNayz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Do you need to use roving, or can you use the same yarn you're crocheting with?
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I apologize for such a late response!  You can use yarn as well!  In my experience, it doesn't layer on quite as nicely as wool, but it works when you need the right color match!
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ItsaBumbleDee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Right now I have to needle felt the eyes on to my amigurumi Squirtle (fav.me/d9h227i) and Charmander (fav.me/d9h58zt) having used your crochet patterns.

Thanks for this tutorial - If I get anywhere near as good as yours I'll be happy.
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patronesyamigurumi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Hi!
This is really helpful. Long ago I made a YouTube tutorial about needle felting just after I learned nedle felting to crochet your patterns. The results are so awesome...
I leave here the tutorial just in case someone is interested.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcKxPs…
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for sharing! :)
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Ari347 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for putting this up! Super helpful!
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Pettygree Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
So I'm working on your umbreon or Nachtara (in german) and its amazing how you shape the eyes *-* the different shades it's beautiful, thanks that you share your experience with us. I love it!
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Casualgoth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are amazing. Definitely want to try this once I'm more confident in my crocheting skills (and have more money >.> )
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passionfyre Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah awesome i was about to msg you asking how you did this lol. love your work :)
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MissHershey Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aphid777, do you use a single needle for this or a multi needle tool? Thanks much :) Love how you needle felt eyes rather than use felt!
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I usually just use a single needle for eyes since it's a small surface :)
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unabide Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think possibly, I'm not stuffing the head enough. I made your eevee several months ago and want to make another eeveeloution, but when I felt on the eyes, they come out funny shaped and reeaally pushed in. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!!
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silviapayne Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Every time I try to needle felt to my crochet projects it changes the shape of the figure, do you have any suggestions?
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silviapayne Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Okay thank you!!
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I actually like that it changes the shape a little ^^;  After you needle felt, maybe you can stick a hook or needle in the surface and push it outwards a little to fix the shape a bit?  I sometimes end up doing that if there is a drastic indentation.
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samiko-kusagi09 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Oh my god! They are sooo cute^^
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! :)
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BlueHorizon89 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would this work with sheets of felt? Like if you cut out an eye shape, would that felt on to the head too?
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure if sheets of felt would work since I've never tried it.
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BlueHorizon89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took the bull by the horns and went for it, and it works beautifully :)
But I have to say, your eyes are beautiful.
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!  Glad it worked out!  And thank you :)
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Problematiquemu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for share your all great patterns and this tutorial! 
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem!  Glad I could help! :)
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InkyDinkyWho Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! I have question if you don't mind.

Have you ever had the fiber just not stick to the crochet at all? I don't get what I'm doing wrong I bought the correct needles for the job but I've stabbed my crochet project a billion times and I cannot get my felting fibers for stick! I'm getting really frustrated I've never found a craft I can't do and it's driving me mad. Any advice would be most helpful. 
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did have that problem when I first started out and ended up giving up for a long time.  I bought new needles later on and tried again and suddenly it was sticking just fine.  I would consider trying a different needle brand like Clover or Artiste.  Otherwise, if you can find coarse rather than fine needles, I noticed that coarse ones work a lot better.
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OneTrueSai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tutorial. You inspired me to needlefelt on my crochet projects as well. I was curious if your needle felting end up being really fuzzy after felting, i dont know if it does thqt because it's wool or if I am not felting enough
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :)  Yes, it does stay a little fuzzy afterwards.  You may need to felt a little more or if that doesn't seem to be making a difference, you can trim off the strands that don't stay down.
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xeliita Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Hi, do you know the needle's name in spanish? (I'm sry, I don't know how to write in english)
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Problematiquemu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yo tampoco entendía muy bien qué tipo de aguja era, hasta que lo busqué en google, intenta y hay bastantes tutoriales y ahí creo aclararás todas tus dudas :D
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry, I don't know the name of the needle in Spanish :(
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alabossiere16 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
What shape felting needle do you use?
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not too sure what you mean by shape?  It's the same shape as a regular needle; it just has barbs on it that help to catch and condense the wool.  I prefer using coarse needles over fine needles if that's what you mean.
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xXxemoangel3xXx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it work If u use a regular needle?? I don't have the cash right now to get a tool lol
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