Several months ago, when it was still winter, I signed up for a day-long felting workshop at my local yarn shop. Not knit-first-then-felt (as in bags and slippers), but felting with roving. "Wet felting" (or sculpting with wet fiber) in the morning, and "dry felting" (or needle felting) in the afternoon.
Seemed like a great idea at the time.
But, as Saturday approached - and the weather was perfectly-suited to a lovely day in the garden - I really regretted having signed up.
But . . .
once I got there, I had a lot of fun.
Good company . . .
a bit of a mess . . .
interesting equipment. . .
and the chance to learn a new skill -- and create something surprising!
I especially enjoyed the afternoon session. I have always wanted to try needle felting -- but have never taken the plunge. I'll admit to being more than a little intimidated.
But what fun . . . to take this . . .
and poke at it with a needle (or 4) . . . to end up with this!
Eventually, this little guy emerged from my fiber pile . . .
Now HE was completely unexpected!
It was tough to give up a Saturday - spending the day inside with fiber instead of outside with plants. But - SURPRISE! I loved learning new things and discovering this whole new creative "stream."
It was totally worth the time!