Needlefelting – Blog catch up 6

Oops. I started with good intentions to complete my blog catch up back in August but it didn’t quite happen. I still have some way to go. In fact as I have rediscovered my crafty mojo in recent  months I’m getting further away from being caught up.

Anyhow, I’m back. I have three posts written and ready to type up so far with a few more left till I am caught up so I am going to give it another attempt.

So. Needlefelting.

Last March I had a visit to Dorking with my dear crafty friend to investigate a shop we had heard of that sells all the necessary for the crafts of wet felting and needlefelting. Wet felting has never really appealed to me. It seems an awful lot of faff if I am perfectly honest. However, needlefelting does rather appeal to my crafting tendencies and I have had a hankering to have a go at it for some time.

The shop is rather grandly named Gillian Gladrag’s Fluffatorium, and the style of the shop front has a real feel of a Victorian Fairground about it. It’s a real stand out shop. On entering the emporium we found a whole host of lovely things to tempt us. Ranges of beautifully packaged kits for both needle and wet felting, stacks of wonderfully coloured fibre packs, a delicious range of knitting yarns along with a huge selection of related notions, accessories and books. I purchased a couple of small kits in order to try my hand at needlefelting.

Needlefelting Kit

Needlefelting Kit

Needlefelting is a technique where you use a barbed ‘needle’ to stab and shape the wool fibres into a flat or sculptural felt form. With my natural clumsiness this was an activity fraught with danger and I did manage to stab myself several times (very painful with a barbed needle I can tell you) . After much stabbing, shaping and building up layers of fibres I managed to produce a sweet little birdy.

Bird Body

Bird Body

Bird Body with decoration

Bird Body with decoration

Bird Body with decoration

Bird Body with decoration

Finished Birdy

Finished Birdy

Finished Birdy

Finished Birdy

I also used some of the leftover fibres from the kit and a cookie cutter as a template to make a simple flower.

Pink Flower

Pink Flower

I really enjoyed this simple craft and have now added yet another skill to my creative repertoire.

My next update will be a trip into the folky world of Morris Dancing in the company of my lovely son.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maxine D
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:19:59

    Oh what beautiful wee creations – I decided I had better not go ‘there’ as the $ are in limited supply and I could see myself getting hooked (pardon the pun)
    Blessings
    Maxine

    Reply

  2. Caffy Bundy
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 00:30:19

    You have a beautiful style and flair…

    Reply

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