There are a lot of hands-on, do-it-yourself people in the motorcycle community. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys both sport bikes and Crafts, you may already be familiar with Yamaha Motors’ series of detailed Craftsman projects–and, in particular, the R1M projects.
In April 2021 Yamaha came out of the gate strong Needle-worn R1M face mask style. Later that same year, Team Blue transitioned into the noble craft of knitting needles, with The R1M muffler is pretty cool You can wrap it around your neck when you have a cold. As a bonus, the R1M silencer style comes with a zip bag inside the collector, so you can easily stow smaller items inside – like a padded R1M face mask!
Fast forward to November 2022, and Yamaha just made the R1M Craftsmanship a triple. This time, it’s back to the needle felting process, and the project is a 1:1 scale R1M front brake caliper that can also be used as a smartphone mount. (We imagine it would work well for other similarly sized items you might want to keep on your desk or table, too.)
If you haven’t looked at Yamaha’s set of crafting instructions before, they are both very visual and very detailed. Clear photos, written instructions, and videos for every step are on Yamaha’s YouTube channel to show you the way. There are also helpful templates that you can print to help complete the project.
For those unfamiliar with needle felting, it is a craft that typically involves wool, which you stab repeatedly with special needles in order to knit it together into something of varying degrees of stiffness. Stab him a lot, and he’ll get really hard. Stab it lower than that, and you can achieve different degrees of hardness to suit your project. (If you’ve ever accidentally put a wool sweater in the washer and it shrunk and stiffened, you may have accidentally felt your first thing before even trying to control the process as a project.)
Yamaha’s instructions have been written so that even a beginner can follow them quite easily. You’ll still need to get supplies for yourself – and you’ll definitely need a thick piece of foam to stab the fleece as you work.
Felting needles are very sharp, and they can also break easily if you twist or pull on the foam at an angle, so you may want to plan and practice accordingly until you get the hang of it. Usually, they are sold in quantities greater than one, so you should probably have at least a backup or two if you end up breaking one. Just be sure to collect the broken piece and dispose of it properly, because you definitely don’t want someone to step on it later.
If you are a complete beginner, you may also want to get a pair of needle thimbles, which are usually made of leather. One is holding the thumb and the other is holding the ring finger of your non-dominant hand, as this is usually what you would use to hold the wool to the foam as you stab it with the felting needle. These will (hopefully) prevent you from accidentally pricking yourself with the very pointed felting needle—at least, until you get the hang of the procedure. After that, it’s up to your preference if you want to continue using them, but I definitely recommend starting with them if you can.
As I’m writing this, it’s already December 7, 2022 – so, depending on what kind of time you have available, you could theoretically get this project done for the holidays. If you have someone on your list who is hard to find a gift for, we can guarantee they won’t be expecting it! Happy felting, and Yamaha, if you are reading this, please never stop making motorcycle related craft patterns that make us happy in our hearts.
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