I’ve been meaning to give needle felting a go for quite a while now but when I read Shelley’s blog over on ‘The Beauty is in the Detail’ I caught her enthusiasm and it spurred me into action. Now, why, I hear you ask (or is that my husband), would I want to take on yet another craft when I should be wiping down the skirting boards and damp dusting the mantelpiece. Well, which would you choose? Anyway, following one of Shelley’s links, I bought a little starter kit.
Ooer, those needles are barbed and it is that which matts the wool together when you stab them up and down into the wool. They are very sharp and, apparently, very easy to break so you have to make sure that you stab in an up and down motion and not at an angle. I assume they are all different sizes because each has a different colour splodge of paint on top but I have no information on that yet. Also, I’m not sure what to do with the little wooden thing which, I assume, is a handle but the needles only go into it point end down so not sure how that works yet either. O.K., O.K. , I’ve not long opened the package. The wool that came with this little starter kit is in sort of bubble gum colours and is so soft that I had to have a cup of cocoa and a little sleep after handling it.
I had a look on Flickr at some felting artists and immediately felt totally inadequate. There are some incredibly talented people out there using this method to make sculptural figures and all sorts of things.
Anyway, after the briefest flirtation with the instructions I started stabbing (which I’m sure isn’t the technical term) and came up with this little heart which I know is totally underwhelming and I don’t expect a fanfare but I am chuffed that I’ve managed to transform the wool into a felted object and that it actually resembles a heart shape.
I can imagine this might easily become addictive. I need to watch some more tutorials and probably buy a book. I would like to try something 3D next but it might be quite some time before I’m sculpting human figures!