Needle Felting an Open Winged Bird
– Florida Grasshopper Sparrow –

with Kiyoshi Mino

About this Course

Skills Focus: Realistic Needle Felting over an armature
Video Lessons: Videos in easy to digest & easy to reference segments
Difficulty Level: Intermediate / Advanced
(some needle felting and armature experience very helpful)

Skills you will learn:

  • Application of basic anatomy in sculpture
  • Planning and constructing a wire armature for a bird
    with open wings
  • Sculpting complex 3D shapes using wool and felting needle
  • Use of merino wool for outer detailing and feathers
  • Creating expressive eyes and faces
  • “Drawing” with wool and to create complex 2D feather patterns
  • Creating realistic bird wings using individual feathers

Needle Felt Open Wing Bird


Included in this course:

  • 24/7, 365 Instant access to the course streamed directly to your computer, tablet or phone
  • High quality video instruction divided into short, digestible lessons
  • Learn at your own pace and refer back to lessons at any time
  • Complete materials list with links to recommended supplies
  • BONUS! Easy to follow pattern templates for the wing feathers
  • BONUS! Close up photos of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow from various angles by a professional wildlife photographer.

Community Creations!

  • Carol Neill Grasshopper Sparrow
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  • Carol Neill Grasshopper Sparrow
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  • Brenda Nelson Grasshopper Sparrow
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  • Carol Neill Grasshopper Sparrow

Meet the Instructor:

Kiyoshi Mino

“I have always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fur itself, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting fur and bird feathers.”

“In my work I focus on wild animal species which I try to render as faithfully as possible. I believe that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and my goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities.”