chroniclebooks_125x125_bur1Our friend, master needle felter Jackie Huang, recently came out with an amazing new book, called Woolbuddies. In it, Jackie goes through the basics of how to get started needle felting, and then he shows you how to make animals that are simple, moderate, and challenging. His creatures are so gorgeous — they remind me of cartoon characters. Some of you may remember the tutorial for needle felting a Totoro that Jackie shared with us earlier this year.

Here’s an animated GIF showing how to make Amelia the Owl. Hoo! Hoo!


Book Giveaway!

We are giving away three copies of Woolbuddies to Craft readers! Just comment on this post, naming your favorite animal (real or fictional — and it doesn’t have to be a Woolbuddies character), and we will pick three people at random. One comment per person, please. Good luck! (Begins 10/8/13 at 07:30am PT; ends 10/9/13 at 07:29am PT)


This is a Chronicle Books-sponsored post.

Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.

  • https://www.facebook.com/beatrijs.da.silva Bea da Silva

    Great book!

  • cathy

    My favourite animal is an alpaca!

  • http://irenethefairy.blogspot.com Irene Sun

    My favorite animal is the whale !!!

  • Heather O

    All the animals look so adorable and I’ve been really curious about needle felting lately :)

  • Deanna

    My favorite animal was my dog Joy – an apricot standard poodle.

  • Anita Glover

    My favorite animal is Owl.

  • kk

    thank you for this awesome book give-a-way =) My fav animal is an sea urchin! =)

  • Kathy Randall

    My favorite animals are dogs, but Eunice the Sheep has a lot of personality!

  • Megan

    The eyes on those creations are so fantastic!

  • Emme

    I loooooooooove bunnies. Expecially Lionheads!

  • Sabrina

    I am a big fan of panda bears and sheep!

  • http://smithicalee.wordpress.com/ smithicalee

    Looks like fun! Any giraffes in there?

  • Kelly

    Sooo many to choose from but I find horses to be amazing animals!!!

  • Brigitte Hopkins


  • Catherine Zarn

    My favorite animals are penguins.

  • Vivian

    Otters :)

  • Heather

    Can I choose dragon? (The helpful kind, not ones that eat knights.) It’s also a super cute woolbuddy kit I’ve done. WIN.

  • Mandi

    What a great looking book!! My favourite individual animal has to be my pooch, Zim. For all things decorative (housewares, jewelery, etc) I’ve been really in to birds lately – juncos and owls, specifically.

  • Earl

    How cute! I’d like to see a puffin as a woolbuddy.

  • Melody

    Amelia the Owl is my favourite if I have to chose, but they are all so gorgeous

  • http://ponderthepreposterous.wordpress.com Kate

    The book looks like fun, even for a needle-felting beginner like me. I have too many favorite animals to name just one…. but wouldn’t it be fun to try making a needle-felted Flamingo!

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.a.jacobsen Lisa Almgren Jacobsen

    groundhogs, hands down, are my favorite animals!

  • http://myperfect10.typepad.com Jenn

    I have to say I LOVE the Toby the Bear because my son’s name really is Toby Bear! :)

  • http://MakeDoOrDoWithout.blogspot.com Kristen

    I’m a big bird fan (not Big Bird, but a big fan of birds). Owls, peacocks, cardinals, chickens, whathaveyou. and I’ve been wanting to learn needle felting!

  • http://ribbonsandrobots.storenvy.com katie seitz

    My favorite animal is horses! especially Clydesdales…

  • http://gravatar.com/zoezhangzz zoe

    The book is great! My favorite animals are whale, dragon and giraffe. Maybe whale rank first!

  • http://twitter.com/notanearthling Alisa Howard (@notanearthling)

    My favorite animal is a dragon. got love big, flying, and fire breathing.

  • http://www.kittykanzashi.etsy.com kittykanzashi

    Brilliant book! My favourite character is a moogle from the Final Fantasy series. I like the pom pom on there head.

  • Sarah

    I love these little animals. Elephants for us here. I really need some tips to get started with this. That book looks like a great resource. I’m in for sure!

  • https://luckyfishlab.com Dana Spisak

    Adorable creations. My favorite is the sheep.

  • Ian +2

    My +2’s are avid needlefelters. This looks like a great book! Thanks.

  • Aleph Al

    a platypus! its the fluffiest duck ever!

  • Alisha Quiao

    I like the sheep, but a bird would be cool! A hummingbird, maybe?

  • daithiw44

    The gruffalo from Julia Donaldsons book, my kids love it.

  • http://FloralGifts4U.com Diane Robinson

    Love them all

  • http://www.humanhunter.deviantart.com Irina D.

    My favorite animals are sheep (because they are so fluffy) and hedgehogs (because they are so shy). :) Thank you for this!

  • Emma Harm

    Wow these are amazing! My favourite animal is a Numbat, an endangered Australian animal.

  • https://plus.google.com/117373932216938226302 David Bates

    I’ve always loved these little things.. I’ve never worked with wool.. but done some amigurami in my time.. :)

  • http://gravatar.com/cheekyattitude cheekyattitude (Tricia)

    I love the WoolBuddys he makes and so enjoyed seeing him and the felted dino at MakerFaire this year. My favorite animal is the sea turtle.

  • http://gravatar.com/renewcomer Randy Newcomer

    Great designs. My wife has felted some cute little critters and a set of juggling balls for me. It looks like a couple of these patterns would work well for both. What fun!

  • Gill Chang

    Can’t wait to make some little creatures with my daughter. We will probably start with making a whole bunch cats, which is our favorite animal.

  • http://twitter.com/theresa_who theresa (@theresa_who)

    I love all the large cats – lions, tigers, leopards, panther!

  • Kate

    The octopus is my favorite animal. I am making one right now (I got the kit at makerfaire in NY)

  • vallori

    My favorite animal is a goat. :)

  • Linda Bruer

    Love the penguins. Looks like fun projeect to do with grandkids.

  • Rachel Prull

    My Favorite animal EVER is a giraffe!!

  • karli simons

    I’d love to see a fox, but gosh that owl is some kind of cute!

  • Judy

    I want one!!

  • http://gravatar.com/phemto Peter Howell

    My wife is making one of the Wool Buddies kits right now that we picked up at Maker Faire NY. I think she’s hooked already.

  • Jena

    My favorite animal is a dragon :)

  • Leah Read

    If I have to pick one… the giraffe.

  • kimberly neff

    So difficult to name one. I think pigs are adorable!

  • Mary

    I’m a big fan of sheep. I used to work at a petting farm and I’m a knitter. Love me some woolies!

  • Christine Beall

    LOVE, LOVE Jackie’s new book WoolBuddies!! Giraffe are my favorite animal. I used to work with them at the zoo. This will be my first project when I get this book!!!!

  • Gal Spinrad

    I love Woolbuddies! The owl is my favorite. :)

  • Steve

    my favorite is the Great White Shark, its nice to find an equal on the food chain :)

  • Jennifer Abe

    I love Woolbuddies! My favorite non-domestic animal is either the raccoon or fox.(Domestic is the cat)

  • http://durhamgarden.wordpress.com/ David Albert

    The honey bee.

  • Rebecca O.

    These would make such great gifts! My favorite animal is a rabbit :)

  • http://unitycomputers.org/clubhouse Janette

    I do really like the Owls! I would like to make a felt taco1

  • http://saintangel.etsy,com Angel Alloy-McFarlin

    My favorite animal is kitties! They each have their own personalities, they’re playful, loving, they’re just purrrrrfect! Thank you for having th giveaway, I’m new to needle felting and I would just DIE to win a copy of this fabulous book!

  • SueM


  • Terri Prince

    Man, I really want to add this to my skill set. Hmmm, my favorite animal is my puppy (a Chihuahua).

  • https://plus.google.com/100502220674004893540 Stephen Frost

    My favourite animal is a red panda.

  • Q

    These are beyond cute. I’ve got to learn to needle felt! My favorite animal is the magpie. CAW!

  • https://www.facebook.com/sasa66 Lisa Leung

    All so cute~~ My favourite animal is piggies!!

  • laurenrizzardini

    They are all so cute. I love bats and wish they made little felted ones

  • http://gravatar.com/ndjohns Nicole J.

    I love cuttlefish!

  • Annie

    My favorite animal is the red panda!

  • Megan B.

    I love the sheep and bears!

  • Keyne D.

    My favourite animal is the cow… especially brown swiss! But honestly I love all animals… even the creepy cute ones like aye ayes.

  • http://www.chromatophobic.com Yana

    I’m nuts about chimps!

  • http://healthwellnessmarin.wordpress.com maikallorens

    I love To-toro To-toro! ;)

  • Lindsey E,

    Rabbits will always have a special place in my heart :)

  • Bonny Lai DeMelo

    I hope there’s a fox in the book!

  • Alan

    Awesome contest ! My kids love this stuff.

  • Sharon

    I’m a fan of the rhinoceros!

  • Matthew Lai

    I love panda !!

  • Renee G

    I love Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web.

  • rickabillie


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  • Leanne

    Pandas are my favourite

  • http://twitter.com/cindys6436 Cindy Simmons (@cindys6436)

    I don’t think I could pick a favorite animal but I do love owls and the one in this book is so cute!

  • https://www.facebook.com/dionne.macdonald.54 Dionne MacDonald

    Pangolins are rad! but difficult to really have a favourite amongst so many awesome creatures.

  • Lilli

    Baby Tapirs are my favorite animal at the moment, but there are so many amazing creatures out there it is hard to choose just one.

  • Sammy

    I’ve made felted animals using molds, but never by hand. If i dont pick this up myself i might suggest it to my local library.

    Also: I’m a fan of pigeons. :)

  • http://soozintheshed.blogspot.co.uk/ Sue ‘Sooz’ Simmons

    I would love a chance of winning this, what a fabulous looking book!

  • laurpud

    Sheep of course, from which all yummy, soft, knittable wool is derived lol!

  • Kellie

    My favorite animal is my dog – although that Toby the Bear is awful cute!

  • Faith Branson

    Aww.. lovin’ all these adorable creations! My favorite animal would have to be a leopard or cheetah – love any animal with spots or stripes. This book looks fantastic, one I could share with my kids and bond over trying to replicate the crafts. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Alice

    Cats, definitely — I think….maybe.

  • http://Www.needlinaround.blogspot.com Judy thomas

    My favorite animal is a cedar waxwing.

  • Ella

    Tardigrades :) LOL!

  • http://stitchyncraftyisme.blogspot.com.au/ Amanda Jackson


  • http://blog.bubbasgarage.com Bubba Harmon

    You can never go wrong with a good monkey!

  • http://c4carlene.wordpress.com c4carlene

    Who doesn’t like a good fish?!

  • ann ross

    OMG the frog is adorable on the front cover!

  • https://plus.google.com/116382368710775131503 Bjarne Johannessen

    The fox.

  • Aspen

    This book looks amazing! I’d love to make these for my little one. Ok, I’d love to make these for ME. :) my favorite animal is a monkey!

  • Susan Samuel

    I love Eunice the Sheep. These creations are simply adorable.

  • Angela McElwain

    My favorite animal is a walrus! =)

  • Lisa Petersen

    I love Eunice the best ! WHat a wonderful gift idea for young & old alike. Thx for this.

  • Jeffrey Teague

    I love penguins!!!! But it is so hard to list only one – I love owls, dogs, and sea turtles!!! Looks like a great book.

  • Gloria Maurer

    Ack – I love Zebras.

  • Gloria Maurer


  • Karen Moore

    I’m a spinner so Eunice the Sheep is my favorite, what a cutie she is!

  • http://gravatar.com/majeral majeral

    OH WOW… SOMETHING I CAN DO !! I used to craft craft craft.Then R>A> hit and sat sat sat…
    This I can do , do do… Neato…

  • Erin

    Love! My favourite is the frog :)

  • Alexandrine Cb

    Great designs, I’d love to see a jellyfish!

  • https://plus.google.com/118339595106742269635 Karie-Linn Carmona


  • Lorraine C

    I have been really curious about needle felting. My favorite animal is the dog but, as a spinner, that sheep is really cute!

  • http://www.stitchcraftcreations.com Holly

    I stink at needle felting, but this book might inspire me to try again! I love the bears.

  • Barbara Pietruk

    I love the sheep, cause they are naturally wool!! HAHA! They’re so fluffy!

  • http://gravatar.com/scarlat7 Scarlat7

    My favourite animals are foxes, more specifically fennec foxes!

  • http://samsstuff-samsstuff.blogspot.com Shelley

    I think my favorite animal is the dog, I’ve had many wonderful pet dogs, although we used to have chickens & they were the funniest birds…

  • R4bes

    Giraffe all the way! I would love to learn to Needle Felt… I can do just about every other type of craft but this is a world I have yet to join!

  • Nicholas

    I’ve always liked the giraffe…

  • Andrew

    My wife has done some of this, I’m sure she would love the book.

  • Kim

    My son loves woolbuddies! His favorite animal is a narwhal.

  • Damar Sierra

    I loooove penguins! Especially Shana the Penguin!

  • Lorna

    I love cats and this book looks so cute I’ve always wanted to learn how to felt :)

  • Andie d

    Ankole cattle

  • http://twitter.com/ToddieDowns ToddieDowns (@ToddieDowns)

    My favorite animal is the sloth. Their faces are amazing.

  • Colleen

    This book looks so cute! I have wanted to learn about needle felting and love to learn with this book!

    • yoddy

      I love turtles.

  • afesh

    real animal is cat! in toys like bear! i like felting and toys are amazing!

  • https://plus.google.com/107864136065933573981 Caroline Wise

    Snails for me!

  • Vanessa

    Platypuses :). I can’t get over their faces :)

  • Shari Czerwinski

    I love moose (and we have a lot of them around the house)!

  • Marisa S.

    My favorite animal is the hedgehog :)

  • http://gravatar.com/missvickyness missvickyness

    Bought a few of his kits before, totally would LOVE the book! My fav is the giraffe, followed up by the sheep!

  • http://Pintrest Natasha Mullins

    I love the owl!

  • peggie prillaman

    I loved the bears.Would love a free book,but just got this site today.I love to do crafts.

  • Jen

    These are awesome! They would certainly make for a great semester distraction project! Haha!

  • Cindy

    Oh my gosh, the owls are the cutest!

  • http://www.scrampalot.blogspot.com judy

    This book looks awesome! I like OWLS.

  • Jessi C.

    Cute projects. Would love to have this book.

  • Billy Bo

    This would be the best craft book ever. My favorite animal is a frog. hey look so cute.

  • Blanka

    My favourite animal is a cat.
    P.S. Would love to try out your book and start my journey with the needle felting :0)