Thursday, July 29, 2010

Needle Felting

I'd been wanting to try needle felting for awhile, so on Tuesday, Rachel and I took a class at Paste.

We were offered a giant pile of lovely roving to pull from:

The teacher wanted us to make flowers, like this sample (it was not this blurry in person; in fact, it was very, very tidy):

Of course, mine had to be Mardi Gras:

I had actually wanted to learn to make two-dimensional objects like pillow covers and embellished felted purses, but it turned out the class was to make 3D objects.

When I was done with the flower, I made a ladybug:

which looked really cute next to Rachel's flower:

Awesome, I know, but check out the amazing flower the youngest person in the class made:

Rachel tried to enable me by bringing two big bags of colorful felting fiber to KnitNite on Wednesday for me to pick a few out. I'm off to the library now to check out a few books so I can figure out what I want to do next.

In the meantime, since my mother's birthday is today, I made her this:


Joan said...

‘Splain it like I’m a 5 year old:

Cute and awesome, all these goodies
And with envy, I’m just melting.
But I need some information
What on earth is needle felting?

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of needle felting --- but I love what you made for me!

Joan said...

My heart’felt’ plea for knowledge about
Needle felting craft
As yet has been unanswered
Hope I didn’t get the shaft.

Oh, I was only ‘needling’ you
I doubt you have the time
To answer many comments,
Let alone the ones in rhyme.

Was aware of felting knitted goods.
(I frequent PBS)
But hadn’t heard of this one.
Seems the effort is much less.

The caveat’s the cost but still
A bargain I am thinkin’
Cause you do not have to knit these
And you do not have to shrink ‘em.

So I searched the net and found there
Quite a number of neat vids
With crafty felted toys for everyone
But mostly kids

So thanks for introducing this
Cool craft to the unskilled
I relate quite well to any wool
That comes to me pre-pilled.

(Ok…that last rhyme was a stretch…Call it poetic license. :)

Found this very easy instruction video:

That's a 7-letter Deborah, never a Deb said...

I'm so glad you found the answer. I hadn't posted, Joan, because I didn't know the history of needlefelting. This week I went to the library and found a book, which dates needlefelting to the 1980s. I'm definitely having fun stab-stab-stabbing those curly locks of wool.

Joan said...

I not only didn't know the history of needle felting..I didn't know what it was period. (grin) Seems as a craft it's pretty recent.. I think it would be great therapy, though. A needle you don't have to squint and thread. And a toy/object/flower thingy that does not have to be sewn together. Whoopee! Course I'd more than likely need a lot of Bandaids. :)