Regular readers will know that I like to say ‘never say never’ about certain things although one ‘never’ that won’t change is that I will never voluntarily go on a sea cruise.
Obviously crafts are a different matter because, having very briefly tried needle felting once, I’m pretty sure I wrote it off as something that didn’t appeal to me and said ‘never again’. I do like some of the things you can create with it – particularly animal sculptures – but I was a bit ‘meh’ about the actual doing of it.
However, when my daughters were over here at Christmas, Mlle. Tialys the Younger said she wanted to try felting. She had done some wet felting at a workshop so she’d bought a kit to make small cat figures which she brought over to France with her so we could do some together. Having wet and soaped and wet and soaped some more, I’m going to stick my neck out and say I’m ‘never’ going down that damp and tedious road again – although I haven’t totally given up the idea of felting a bar of soap because – well, why wouldn’t you want a bar of felted soap?
So, I unearthed my very small supply of needle felting stuff I’d bought to try out that craft several years ago.
One thing that definitely does appeal about this craft is the relatively small amount of tools you need and the small amount of space to practice it. I really don’t need any more bulky supplies around at the moment as I have enough fabric, yarn, sewing machines, etc. to sink a ship as it is. Also, I think it could be fairly eco friendly as you can buy lovely British breed wool tops and I even noticed one shop selling ‘vegetarian’ wool as it comes from a farm where the sheep are kept almost as pets and never, ever sold for meat.
I must admit to not being particularly enthused about the projects available in the book I had so I scoured the internet for beginner videos and more information. I’ve ordered a kit from this U.K. shop which has lots of information and video tutorials on their blog. I am hoping, when the kit arrives, and I have had a bit more practice, to make a little hare.
In the meantime the Younger and I decided to make something round with a couple of features just to get into the swing of things and I show you my first attempts in the sure and certain belief you will not be overly impressed.
After Mlle. T. the Younger returned to the U.K., I followed another video tutorial on YouTube for a mushroom.
I played around with adding features like the spots on the cap and grass growing around the stalk so it was good practice.
I think I might be addicted and things can only improve although it might be some time before I’m being commissioned to replicate people’s dogs and cats in felt like this Japanese artist known as Wakuneko
I think I’ll aim for something a little more achievable for the moment.
Watch this space.