Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I {heart} Needle Felting!

A girl can never have enough hobbies, can she?! Along with crochet, scrapbooking, jewelry making and my many other loves, needle felting is at the top of my list. I was originally inspired to needle felt thanks to the very talented author and illustrator (who happens to be a good friend of my sisters), Ashley Spires (check out her amazing books here)!! Ashley was a vendor at our local Flock and Gather Handmade Market (possibly the best handmade market EVER) and aside from showcasing her amazing books and original artwork, she had little needle felted finger puppets that were just to die for!! Being the crafty person that I am, I couldn't resist and asked her "How did you make these adorable things?" and being the crafty woman she is, she pulled out her raw wool and her barbed needle and gave me a 2-minute tutorial! Once I saw the process, I had to try it, so off to my local Wool Emporium I went and I have never looked back! 
This is Suki. His character was inspired by Jackie Huang's Woolbuddies Sea Turtle.

Some of my first creations were a little crude, but the great thing about needle felting is that you can keep poking until your creation takes the shape you want. And you can always add a little more wool. :) Also, you need no pattern - just an idea or picture in your head and you just poke until you get the results you desire! It is also a great way to get out any pent up frustration (nothing like repeatedly stabbing raw wool to form shapes)! Note: the special barbed needled for felting are VERY, VERY sharp. I cannot tell you how many times I have poked myself a good one!! Won't stop me though...
These are a few of my felting needles (the holder is quite handy) and what the wool looks like before you poke it into shape.

When I had my bunion surgery last October, my sister (always nurturing my creative side) brought me the most fantastic book - Jackie Huang's Woolbuddies.  I have made many of the amazing little critters in this book (including Simon & Fredric) and cannot wait to make more. :) If you are new to felting, or want to try it out, I would highly recommend this book as it not only showcases some of the cutest critters around, but there are lots of great tips and techniques outlined within.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!  And happy crafting!!


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