Felted Peeps

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Did I fool ya? Some of those peeps are not like the others.

Most years I make something out of Peeps so this year I thought I'd make an everlasting Peep using needle felting. I figured it would help with peeps withdrawal after Easter to have one of these guys hanging around.

After making the first one at actual Peep size I thought I'd try going larger. The proportions were a little odd so that's why the pink one in the photo above is sporting a fluffy mohawk. Peeps are just more adorable at their petite marshmallow size.

And of course more adorable than a Peep itself is Peeps on little chicas. My friend Ada above has no problems wearing things on her head so I'm sure I'll be attaching more felted objects to her before she transforms into full on tot. Zara bellow was less into the hairband idea so I came up with the idea of turning her peep into a necklace. She loves it and I will be stealing her style and making a peep necklace for myself no doubt. (Note: the necklace is on the long side so she'll be able to enjoy it for many years).

The full peep lineup

The full peep lineup

Using yarn instead of wool roving

Using yarn instead of wool roving

One challenge for this project was finding wool roving in bright peep colors. My go-to local resource sometimes has a wide variety of colors and sometimes doesn't. So instead of waiting for roving to be shipped I bought wool yarn in bright colors to use. It's a little bit more of a process but works in a pinch.  

There's a couple things to be aware of when needle felting with yarn. Because I don't knit I didn't know there's a process called super washing that is done to some wool yarns. This is so you can actually wash your knitted sweater without having it to shrink. BUT this means the fibers won't work for needle felting. Look out for that when purchasing a yarn to felt with.

Second it's helpful to have a fiber blending tool. Shown in the photo above they're like miniature wool carders so you can unravel your yarn a bit before working with it. Just like a marshmallow Peep my felt version is white on the inside. I used natural roving for the base structure and then covered it and put the finishing touches on using one of the bright colors. For ease of use I just fuzzed up a little snip of yarn at a time.


Peeps eaten this season prior to writing this blog post: 0 
Peeps eaten while writing this blog post: 1 pink, 3 yellow. Yellow tastes the best/tastes the least like food coloring.