Needle felting is the art of sculpting fibre into shapes using a special barbed needle. So how does that fluff turn into amazing creations? Here is the science bit! Agitation of the wool fibre causes them to entangle and form a dense matted felt. It’s all to do with microscopic scales on the fibre that catch and lock together. The magic happens when the felting process is controlled and the wool can be formed into sculptural shapes. So with a lot of stabbing and layering you can create pretty much anything.
Needle felting requires very little equipment. But it does require time, patience and the occasional pricked finger. It is a great way to pass the time and express creativity.
Want to learn?
I run popular and fun workshops twice a month at the Hall for Gwinear near Hayle. The social networking from craft groups like ours also provides the added benefit of friendship, support and cake! Click here to see upcoming dates.
Beginners will learn the basic techniques including how to create 3D shapes, attach parts, add colour and a bit of personality to their sculpture. For those who become infected with the felting bug, you can go on to learn more complex skills at intermediate classes for improvers.
If you are interested in learning this craft places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. A £5 non refundable deposit is payable on booking and the balance is paid on the day.
I have supplies and equipment available to purchase at my workshops and you can also visit my studio by appointment.
I have developed my own starter kit complete with instructions and everything you need to start sculptural needle felting. Click here to see what’s in the box Stargazey Felting Kit for Starters.
I also have a selection of kits and fibres from World of Wool together with needles and felting pads.
Improving mood and cognitive function are just a few of the ways that craft can improve your well being. Best of all, you don’t need any particular artistic talent and, because it’s fun, you can felt your way to to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
If you would like me to run a workshop, demonstration or talk for your group, please enquire about group rates here.