I took a dimensional needle felting class at the public library, taught by Marlene, a teacher from the Textile Center. Here’s the progression, first body-head-nose:
Front legs and shoulders.
Out of time at the class, now working later at home to assemble most of the rest:
Next to a more realistic panda, I see that this one has quite the nose. Much needle felting of the nose commences, to try to bring it more into line. Now, ears!
Still on the nosey side!