I had heard of needle felting but never really looked into it or tried it.
Until late 2012.
I was at a Christmas party at a little art spot and someone was showing needle felting at a table. I followed my friend to the table and initially was just going to watch but I was intrigued.
I sat down, made my first pokes and was hooked. This was a craft that I was going to love.
Two weeks later I had my first kit in hand and once I started and have not stopped since. I look at my first creations now and I see how far I have come.
It is amazing how pieces or raw wool can be transformed into sceneries, animals, creatures and people, all with the poke of a needle. Felting itself, as a method of making cloth, hats, slippers and other shapes has been around since the domestication of sheep, but needle felting as a way to make 3D objects is a new art.
In the 1950’s industrial felting machines started making sheets of felt for industrial purposes (lining pianos and other types of applications) but it was only in the 1980’s that the needles were used separately and individually by hand and that sculpting with wool became a possibility. Needle felting can now be explained as the process of making an object out of raw wool by poking it repeatedly with a very sharp barbed needle that tangles, mixes and eventually compresses fibres. Making a 3D object can not only take hours, but can take thousands and thousands of pokes. It is a time laborious method but the more pokes the denser the product and the less fragile it becomes.
Below is a Gallery of creations that I have made and you can check out my Etsy Shop to see what I have for sale…