On Sunday we held the final structured workshop in the Handmade Holiday Christmas Series, with a workshop all about needle felting. What exactly is needle felting you may ask…
It’s a process of mixing wool fibres together with a barbed needle to create a compacted shape. We used sheep wool (already carded and dyed) to create our figurines. We learned 4 basic shapes- a ball, a fold, a roll and a cone. These are the basic building blocks that you can use to create countless 3D forms. Take a look at what we came up with today!
The wool was purchased locally at Shall We Knit in Waterloo, and the needles were ordered online from a great shop called Living Felt.
Table set up before our students arrive.
Wool in every colour!
My little snowman breaks free of his glass home to say hello and hang out.
Steph brought in her fancy 5 needle tool (green & beige Clover tool on top of the foam) for speedy work! A must-have when working on larger projects.
Having a good time, felting the day away!
Working with the coloured wool. I wonder what this will be….
By golly it’s a cone!
Chit chat, tea, and felting. A wonderful recipe for time well spent!
Working hard…things are shaping up.
So many colours! I picked up my supply of wool from a local shop called, Shall We Knit?
A green cone is taking shape here….
The start of something…didn’t really have a plan going in…I let it evolve quite unconsciously.
Already looking forward to Valentines Day with this heart themed sculpture.
A great example of all the shapes we learned- a cone (the body), a fold (the ears), a ball (eyes and nose), and a roll (with pipe cleaner) for the tail! I hope your cat has fun with this little guy Sasha!
Testing the fit of figurine in the mason jar.
This shaped up well, adding the beak now, almost done.
I managed to bring a face to life…all it took was a little imagination and a lot of stabbing!
Ta-da! A finished tree in a jar!
Close up..this one juuust fit.
A more natural outdoorsy tree. Complete with snowy boughs and pine cones! Great use of the cone and fold technique to make this fluffy 3D tree.
A tale of two trees.
A little buddy for your shoulder.
Santa head…I think I may keep working on him, this is as far as I got today.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time, keep it crafty!
Full resolution photos can be found on my Flickr page.