Another Never Say Never Again Post

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.

There was more roving (wool tops) than that in the bag but see below.

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.

This started as a chick but, you know, I only have limited wool colours (and eye supplies) at the moment.

At least this one is yellow.

After Mlle. T. the Younger returned to the U.K., I followed another video tutorial on YouTube for a mushroom.

Or is it a toadstool?

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.

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on January 11, 2020 - 08:58

    The toadstool is really cute. I have really enjoyed the needle felting I have done.I look forward to seeing your future forays. What I really want to know is what happened on the cruise?

    • #2 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:46

      There has never been a cruise Cathy – and there never will be. Not only am I not a fan of ‘organised fun’, I get seasick in a bath.🤢

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on January 11, 2020 - 09:08

    You won’t get me on a cruise either! Cute chicks. I look forward to seeing more.
    Felting a bar of soap though, what is that about????????

    • #4 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:48

      I think it’s supposed to serve as a ‘built in/on’ exfoliator. It looks fairly pretty too but then I always buy handmade soap which looks nice anyway. When I saw how much water and time it took to felt a bar, I went right off the idea anyway. Next time I go to a craft fair, maybe I’ll buy one just to give it a try.

  3. #5 by Kim on January 11, 2020 - 09:48

    Did one cruise -that’s enp.
    The chicks are cute whatever colour they are. But felted soap? Why? I’ve only tried felting (wet) once in a workshop and whilst the animals are very appealing I really shouldn’t consider any more crafts!

    • #6 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:49

      Neither should I!!
      But, now and again, I do 🙄

  4. #7 by knettycraft on January 11, 2020 - 10:00

    Among the wooly crafts I always found felting to be the hardest. And with the most unpredictable outcome… no matter if needle or wet felting. I took several workshops because I had very poor results alone at home. I learned to make lovely stuff (felted animals, a nuno scarf, a cacheur). But I never lost my heart to it… I hopped over to that shop… they have so lovely kits there… the rabbits, the sheep 😍… I’m looking forward to see what you’ll make.

    • #8 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:50

      I just got my kit from them to make a hare. She does very good, step by step videos on YouTube so I’m hopeful. Results will be shown off on here – good or bad.

  5. #9 by claire93 on January 11, 2020 - 10:50

    I enjoy seeing needle felted critters – I think they’re really cute – but it’s not a carft I’m tempted to try myself. That’s why I learned to crochet, to be able to make cute animals with yarn, but without going down the needle felting path.

    • #10 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:51

      I see what you mean but the finish is totally different isn’t it? Crochet beasties are squishy and cuddly whereas the needle felted ones are more like little sculptures.

  6. #11 by katechiconi on January 11, 2020 - 11:35

    I used to sell needle felted flower brooches at a local market, and they were pretty quick and quite satisfying to make, as they were fairly flat – just do a bunch of petals and join them with a small mound for the centre. I still have the needle and some roving, but I’m not much tempted, not being one for cute decorative critters, or indeed fungi!

    • #12 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 13:56

      I suppose there’s a limit to the amount of critters one wants to make but I have watched (for over an hour no less!) an artist both in fibre art and painting, make a wonderful 2D picture with roving, curly wool, carded wool and fancy yarn and I really want to do that now. Have a look here (don’t worry it’s just the pictures, not the video) https://www.sarafinafiberart.com/2d-felting-s/173.htm

      • #13 by katechiconi on January 11, 2020 - 18:36

        She’s very talented, it’s a great example to aspire to! I look forward to seeing your results 🙂

  7. #14 by Laurie Graves on January 11, 2020 - 15:07

    I’ll be watching! That cat is something else. And I think the chicks, birds, mushroom—whatever—are utterly adorable. Unlike Katechiconi, I am a sucker for cute, decorative critters and fungi.

    • #15 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 16:19

      I am hoping to improve somewhat but you have to start somewhere.

      • #16 by Laurie Graves on January 11, 2020 - 16:24

        Indeed you do. And I think you are off to a sweet start.

  8. #17 by kathyreeves on January 11, 2020 - 15:23

    Oh my! I do think your little toadstool is adorable, and I have seen those darling little animals in shops, but that cat is so realistic it is almost scary!! A little hare sounds like a great place to start!

    • #18 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 16:18

      I agree about the cat Kathy. Although it’s amazing,I can’t help thinking it looks as if the cat has been beheaded and its head put in a frame. 🙀

      • #19 by claire93 on January 11, 2020 - 16:57

        I thought it looks like it’s poking its head through the cat flap ^^

      • #20 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 17:24

        😹🤣

      • #21 by kathyreeves on January 11, 2020 - 20:01

        Whew! I thought it was just me!

  9. #22 by thecontentedcrafter on January 11, 2020 - 18:41

    I’m a fan of learning new things just because it keeps the brain active and us interested. In the end we get some new skills and maybe increased dexterity in some manner and sometimes we even get some recognisable chicks and fungi 🙂 And it’s a good habit to never say never – except maybe when it comes to cruises……….

    • #23 by tialys on January 12, 2020 - 11:02

      I don’t think I’ll ever tire of learning new things. Mr. Tialys has taken to doing Sudoku puzzles (presumably to keep his brain active – although he’s still working and it’s in IT so you’ve got to wonder what he does there all day!!) – whereas I’d much rather do something new, or a more challenging version of what I already do, in the arts and crafts line. Each to their own I suppose.

  10. #27 by onecreativefamily on January 11, 2020 - 22:41

    The felting is so cute. This is something I have never tried.

    • #28 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 23:24

      Funny that, when I first tried it I couldn’t take to it, now I really seem to be keen. If I can manage to turn out a ‘professional’ looking critter I’ll definitely be a goner.

  11. #29 by anne54 on January 11, 2020 - 22:53

    Not for me ~ but I won’t say ‘never’ ~ so I am going to love to watch your progress. A friend used to felt scarves. She added the felted bits too silk. They were quite lovely.

    • #30 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 23:25

      I’m quite interested in felted 2D pictures too but I think you need quite a lot of painterly skill to make them look really good. I might give it a go though.

  12. #31 by CurlsnSkirls on January 11, 2020 - 22:55

    The thought of a wet glob of wool has never interested me, but I will await with pleasure seeing further results of your explorations. The chicks do look like chicks! 🐣 🐥

    • #32 by tialys on January 11, 2020 - 23:26

      No – wet felting doesn’t appeal at all – I’ll stick with the stabby needle.

  13. #33 by Moira on January 11, 2020 - 23:26

    Your critters are very cute. I used to have some needle-felting supplies and roving, but got rid of it because I never did anything with it…..I do like the results, just no desire to do the work to get them.

    • #34 by tialys on January 12, 2020 - 10:56

      Thanks Moira. My supplies were at the bottom of one of my boxes labelled ‘assorted abandoned crafts’ and I only got them back out again as my daughter had shown a flicker of interest and, as she hasn’t yet found anything that has ‘gripped’ her in the crafting world, I thought I’d be encouraging. This time round I’m finding it fun but time will tell whether I can produce anything worth having.

  14. #35 by lovelucie1 on January 12, 2020 - 09:47

    I tried and failed at felting! I just produced a brown blob that didn’t show any, even slight resemblance to the mouse/rabbit/rat I was trying to emulate. I think it’s the ability to combine crafting and sculpting together. And what would I do with the result? I don’t really have an appropriate space for a Wind in the Willows montage.
    However I love to admire other’s amazing creations whilst sorely admitting this is one craft I just can’t do.
    Looking forward to seeing yours!

    • #36 by tialys on January 12, 2020 - 10:53

      Your efforts sound like my first one a few years ago but I wasn’t even trying to produce anything but a round bead!
      If memory serves, you have a whole menagerie of crochet creatures don’t you? Or have you given them all away?
      This time round I’m finding it strangely soothing and addictive. I might move away from critters eventually but, for the moment, I have the body and head of a hare felted and will attempt ears and legs today. Better do some hoovering first though.

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