Monday, 16 May 2016

The Art Of Needle Felting


Needle Felting is something my Mum and I discovered whilst on holiday in Florida. Every year we like to find a new holiday craft! And needle felting has happened to be the favourite for the past two years.

Needle felting is an easy process and a pretty cheap hobby too! Its done using a barbed needle, which you repeatedly use to jab the wool with. The barbs on the needle twine the wool fibres together, which eventually results in the wool forming a shape, which you can then manipulate using the needle, and shape into whatever you desire it to be!
I usually start with a white base, as - 
A) It's easy to get hold of, and cheaper than coloured wools
B) Doesn't waster the colours you want to use to 'colour in' your needle felted creation

You also need a foam pad - so that you don't shatter the needle when you stab through the wool and have it hit a hard surface - and also so you don't stab yourself. ( I will say - have the Band Aids on stand by - it does happen, especially when you're trying to multitask by watch something on T.V!)

This is an incredible, diverse form of art. It can be used to make 3D models or 2D pieces. So far I have only ever explored the 3D model side of Felting. But the opportunities are endless!

So far, I have felted owls, dogs and even people! I made a Sherlock and John Watson as a gift for my lovely Hattie!

People are much harder... I would recommend starting with something easier!



Here are a few Needle Felted cuties I have made over the past few years.












And some of my Mummas! (Who is far more talented than I am)



















Its easy! Once you have the tools and an idea in your head, the world is your oyster! So how do you get started? Well here are a few things you are going to need.

For A Basic Starter Kit You Will Need:

~ Needle Felting Needle ( a special barbed needle, can be picked up from craft stores)
~ A foam pad
~Wool of your chosen colours
~White wool (easiest and usually cheaper to get hold of to use as a base)
you can actually buy pre-made up needle felting kits online and in craft stores, however they do tend to have limited colours, but this is usually a good idea to get yourself started with the basics, wool is easy to pick up and you can add it to your collection of wools bit by bit!


Once you have the basics, you can pretty much make anything! There are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest, there are books of inspiration too! If there are any particular tutorials you'd like to see, leave it in the comments and I'll see what I can come up with! 
I'd love to see some of your needle felted creations!  

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2 comments:

  1. Let me just say, if you couldn't ALREADY be any more talented from just reading your writing style.. then you come up with this!? Amazing! Those are honestly the cutest things I've seen! I feel like I've seen these done before but I never knew what it was. The first time I'm hearing of "needle felting". By the look of them they seem to need a lot of hard work and patience. Well done - that's amazing. :)

    Jay

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    1. Haha!! Thank you Jay! You cutie pie! It's getting more and more popular, they're easier than they look! Honestly! I'm glad you liked it!

      ~Katie xo

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