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Needle Sculpting Tutorial by ThisUsernameFails Needle Sculpting Tutorial by ThisUsernameFails
A quick tutorial on how to needle sculpt!

Needle sculpting can turn a sphere into a wonderfully feline shaped head! Needle sculpting is nothing more than a glorified method of pinching spots and securing those pinches with thread.



I ALWAYS double my thread, and fold it over. I then use the two tails to go through the eye of the needle, leaving a loop where the knot usually is. That way there's nothing to snip or tuck in, it's all done for you! It does make it kind of troublesome though, since the thread slips out sometimes.


PLEASE let me know if you have any questions at all! I'll be more than happy to take additional pictures and/or provide a video the best I can.

The revamped video is up! [link]
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Mortemire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What material is this?
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Non pill fleece! Now a days I'm using luxe fleece though.
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AsteriiStar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I think what they are using is fleece ^^
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Mortemire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh okay, thank you!
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SqueezeMeLittle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how would you do a body? Would you make it bean-baggy? or stiff plush
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Either way!
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Castiel-and-TARDIS Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Question: How do you 'seam pinch'? I don't understand that. 
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
it's just like using a seam/stitch to "pinch" the fabric together! If you take a thumb and forefinger to squish/pinch your plush, you have a stitch run inside say, the face, from one finger tip to the other! Your tie it in a knot to hold the fabric in place the same way you did with your fingers!
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craftycavy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really helpful thanks!
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ShimmerVenom Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you for this! this is helpful
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chibifiedWolf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
I just found this account through your video on YouTube. Such helpful tips! Excellent work. I look forward to following you here on DA.
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Thank you! Unfortunately I'm not very active on here, but you can follow my art blog at offalteeth.tumblr.com !
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chibifiedWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Thank you for the heads up. I think I will follow you on tumblr.
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Trickntreat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
This was incredibly helpful! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
My pleasure, I'm so glad it helped!
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PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks helpful! :3 I'll add it to my plushie tutorial folder on my computer XD.
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Kuromizuri2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was helpful with making my James Bond-plushie's face and muscles! thank you! Check my gallery and you'll find him and I'm making the new Bond too :)
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
It turned out so well, wonderful work! I'm so happy I could have helped!
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JoeMadride Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   General Artist
Very helpful
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Thank you!
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RomKom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay now my ponies are going to have mouths!
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Wonderful!
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RomKom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you needle sculpt pony ears? And how?
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I feel like pony ears would be better suited to two triangles sewn together, then sewn onto the head where one side is kind of folded over the reast of the ear.
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RomKom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yes but if you look at a plush maker named nazegoreng new updated rainbow dash, she has sculpted ears. im new to all of this...
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Hers aren't sculpted, they look like there's a separate pattern piece/allowance for it to be attached to the head with a "lobe" area? I'm not entirely sure. I haven't seen or tried that type of ear myself, I normally go for flatter ears and just sew to the head to shape them. Maybe message the artist?
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teasla3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Neat tutorial!
I've gotta' ask though, how do you measure up the four ()'s that make up the sphere-base?
I can't get the rounded sides right.
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Do it as a 1:2 ratio. Say 5" at the widest part, 10" at the tallest. Hope that helps!
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Scourgefrost Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! It's really helpful! :3
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Naehmaschine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hej,

just wanted to thank you for the wonderful tutorial and also the video. With this I was able to give the Gatomon plushie I made a really cool face :)
So it was a great help!
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I checked her out, she looks wonderful! So happy to have been of help.
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Seiren-hime Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
So cute! Thank you for the tutorial!
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
My pleasure!
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Called1-for-Jesus Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial! I found this super helpful!
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
That makes me so glad!
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DemonicTemerity Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you make a pinch seam? I'm a bit confused
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
It's just making a single stitch where one eye (closest to the nose bridge) meets the other across the nose bridge. Nothing technical, but you want to have the thread tight, to simulate you pinching that spot.
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DemonicTemerity Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! xD
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TheFelinianWithWings Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks neat. And I can actually follow the instructions, so yay!
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Sabjic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Very nice!! :D
Can you explain how do I make the base of the head and what materials I need?

-Sabjic
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
The head itself is four () shaped pieces sewn together. You leave about 1/2" unsewn at the bottom so you can stuff it. Then you can use a baseball stitch to sew the head onto the body.
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you! =D
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DahBunnahKing Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful, thank you!

Will this also work with more humanoid heads (/chibi-ish)?
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Of course! Make sure to try it out first, it depends a lot on how exaggerated/understated you want the features.
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DahBunnahKing Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty! I'll keep that in mind the next time I decide to sew up a little person. Right now I've got monsters to work on. 8Y
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Make sure to link me when you finish! I love little monsters <3
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TheFlyingChemist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! You make it look so easy...
One quick question. Was the shape you started with a sphere? I can't quite tell from the angle of the picture.
Thanks for the great tutorial!
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ThisUsernameFails Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
It was a sphere! I used 4 () shaped pieces sewn together.
[link] The video makes it a little more apparent.
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TheFlyingChemist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :)
This is really great!
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pyraradient Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:0 that's really cool, thanks.
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