I discovered it's not so good for making anything smaller than that. Or larger, as the patience does indeed run out.
But I *also* discovered that you can use the felting needles to stick that affordable mass-produced acrylic felt together. So if you were going to make a big thing, you could cheat, and do an armature with toy stuffing around it, and then cover it in pre-made acrylic felt. Bwahaha.
This is really good! Are those whiskers I spy? xD;;
But I always wondered: Are felted plushies durable? I've never seen one in real life, but when people explain how they make them, it always seemed to me like the body parts would be prone to fall off. But that's prolly due to my lack of understanding xD
Yes, fishing line threaded through for the whiskers.
They seem fairly durable. The body parts are stuck on by stabbing the two surfaces with the barbed needles. This drags fibres from each surface through the other one. If you do it enough times they end up very firmly entangled, and unless you make an effort to separate them, they don't come off of their own accord.
I don't think felted things are meant to be played with by kids, though. If you zoom in on my photos you'll see all the little hairs sticking out all over the place - you can't smooth these down, so they'd catch on things and get pulled out, and eventually the creature would wear away, I think.