Hello Gerry! This is my entry into your celebration post on your blog. I was very excited to enter, especially because I was just beginning my needle felting this time last year! It is amazing to look back and see and reflect upon all that I have learned. This was fun. I hope you like my photos! :D
This little mouse was the first thing I tried to felt, about a year ago. I remember being afraid to use too much wool on the first try, so I worked really slowly and made all my work small!
My latest feltie is the first of a continuing series I am making, of creatures based on the tales of North American lumberjacks. Some of them are so unique and interesting, and I love making my own interpretation of what these creatures look like! This one is called a Squonk; He is a tragic creature, who hides and cries all the time because he knows he is the most hideous creature in the forest(but I think he’s cute).
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT NEEDLE FELTING IN THE PAST YEAR OR WHY DO YOU LIKE NEEDLE FELTING?
One year (and about 1000 finger-pricks) later, I feel like I have learned a lot about the process and joys of needlefelting. I like it a lot because I have never been very good at sculpting with clay or stone, but wool is different. Something about wool is more endearing and fun, and the way that that my ideas end up looking is wonderfully unique. I have learned a lot about the technique of felting over this past year, but I find that I have learned even more through people that I meet with felting. I am a part of online artisan-clubs because of my work, I have met many new friends at school sales(felting is a great conversation-starter!), and I feel as though there is a whole community of crafters to encourage and inspire young needle-felters! This is my favourite part.