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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!

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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)

Woolbuddies

This is a Chronicle Books-sponsored post.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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  1. cathy says:

    My favourite animal is an alpaca!

  2. Irene Sun says:

    My favorite animal is the whale !!!

  3. Heather O says:

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

  4. Deanna says:

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

  5. Anita Glover says:

    My favorite animal is Owl.

  6. kk says:

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

  7. Kathy Randall says:

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

  8. Megan says:

    The eyes on those creations are so fantastic!

  9. Emme says:

    I loooooooooove bunnies. Expecially Lionheads!

  10. Sabrina says:

    I am a big fan of panda bears and sheep!

  11. smithicalee says:

    Looks like fun! Any giraffes in there?

  12. Kelly says:

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

  13. Brigitte Hopkins says:

    Hippopotamuses!!!

  14. Catherine Zarn says:

    My favorite animals are penguins.

  15. Vivian says:

    Otters :)

  16. Heather says:

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

  17. Mandi says:

    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.

  18. Earl says:

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

  19. Melody says:

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

  20. Kate says:

    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!

  21. groundhogs, hands down, are my favorite animals!

  22. Jenn says:

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

  23. Kristen says:

    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!

  24. katie seitz says:

    My favorite animal is horses! especially Clydesdales…

  25. zoe says:

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

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

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

  28. Sarah says:

    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!

  29. Dana Spisak says:

    Adorable creations. My favorite is the sheep.

  30. Ian +2 says:

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

  31. Aleph Al says:

    a platypus! its the fluffiest duck ever!

  32. Alisha Quiao says:

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

  33. daithiw44 says:

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

  34. Irina D. says:

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

  35. Emma Harm says:

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

  36. David Bates says:

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. Gill Chang says:

    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.

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

  41. Kate says:

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

  42. vallori says:

    My favorite animal is a goat. :)

  43. Linda Bruer says:

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

  44. Rachel Prull says:

    My Favorite animal EVER is a giraffe!!

  45. karli simons says:

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

  46. Judy says:

    I want one!!

  47. Peter Howell says:

    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.

  48. Jena says:

    My favorite animal is a dragon :)

  49. Leah Read says:

    If I have to pick one… the giraffe.

  50. kimberly neff says:

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

  51. Mary says:

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

  52. Christine Beall says:

    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!!!!

  53. Gal Spinrad says:

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

  54. Steve says:

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

  55. Jennifer Abe says:

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

  56. Rebecca O. says:

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

  57. Janette says:

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

  58. 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!

  59. Terri Prince says:

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

  60. My favourite animal is a red panda.

  61. Q says:

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

  62. Lisa Leung says:

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

  63. laurenrizzardini says:

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

  64. Nicole J. says:

    I love cuttlefish!

  65. Annie says:

    My favorite animal is the red panda!

  66. Megan B. says:

    I love the sheep and bears!

  67. Keyne D. says:

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

  68. Yana says:

    I’m nuts about chimps!

  69. maikallorens says:

    I love To-toro To-toro! ;)

  70. Lindsey E, says:

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

  71. Bonny Lai DeMelo says:

    I hope there’s a fox in the book!

  72. Alan says:

    Awesome contest ! My kids love this stuff.

  73. Sharon says:

    I’m a fan of the rhinoceros!

  74. Matthew Lai says:

    I love panda !!

  75. Renee G says:

    I love Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web.

  76. rickabillie says:

    Tux!

  77. Amy says:

    Corgis!!

  78. Leanne says:

    Pandas are my favourite

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

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

  81. Lilli says:

    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.

  82. Sammy says:

    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. :)

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

  84. laurpud says:

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

  85. Kellie says:

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

  86. Faith Branson says:

    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!

  87. Alice says:

    Cats, definitely — I think….maybe.

  88. Judy thomas says:

    My favorite animal is a cedar waxwing.

  89. Ella says:

    Tardigrades :) LOL!

  90. Bubba Harmon says:

    You can never go wrong with a good monkey!

  91. c4carlene says:

    Who doesn’t like a good fish?!

  92. ann ross says:

    OMG the frog is adorable on the front cover!

  93. Aspen says:

    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!

  94. Susan Samuel says:

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

  95. Angela McElwain says:

    My favorite animal is a walrus! =)

  96. Lisa Petersen says:

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

  97. Jeffrey Teague says:

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

  98. Gloria Maurer says:

    Ack – I love Zebras.

  99. Gloria Maurer says:

    zebras

  100. Karen Moore says:

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

  101. majeral says:

    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…

  102. Erin says:

    Love! My favourite is the frog :)

  103. Alexandrine Cb says:

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

  104. Lorraine C says:

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

  105. Holly says:

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

  106. Barbara Pietruk says:

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

  107. Scarlat7 says:

    My favourite animals are foxes, more specifically fennec foxes!

  108. Shelley says:

    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…

  109. R4bes says:

    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!

  110. Nicholas says:

    I’ve always liked the giraffe…

  111. Andrew says:

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

  112. Kim says:

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

  113. Damar Sierra says:

    I loooove penguins! Especially Shana the Penguin!

  114. Lorna says:

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

  115. Andie d says:

    Ankole cattle

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

  117. Colleen says:

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

    1. yoddy says:

      I love turtles.

  118. afesh says:

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

  119. Vanessa says:

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

  120. Shari Czerwinski says:

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

  121. Marisa S. says:

    My favorite animal is the hedgehog :)

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

  123. peggie prillaman says:

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

  124. Jen says:

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

  125. Cindy says:

    Oh my gosh, the owls are the cutest!

  126. judy says:

    This book looks awesome! I like OWLS.

  127. Jessi C. says:

    Cute projects. Would love to have this book.

  128. Billy Bo says:

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

  129. Blanka says:

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