Many years ago (thanks to the "search" feature here on the blog, I see it was 2013), I went to a workshop and learned needle felting. I made a sorta-cute-but-also-sorta-creepy ornament thing. And then I put away my newly-acquired needle felting tools, intending to try it again sometime, but . . . well . . . not trying it again.
Fast forward to the Michigan Fiber Festival last August. I was shopping the vendors with my friend Karen, and we stumbled into one of the most lovely, inviting, and charming booth set-ups I have ever seen . . . for an Ann Arbor company called Felted Sky. It was ALL needle felting stuff: kits, supplies, wool. And the kits were super cute!
Before I knew it, I had a couple of kits in my hand (this one and this one) . . . and I was checking out! Totally ready to go home and retrieve my plastic bin of needle felting supplies from the depths of my "craft closet."
Yesterday afternoon, I fiber-sculpted some pumpkins! Beginning with wool . . .
and moving on to shaping and felting with a needle.
Needle felting is really fun -- and very forgiving. There are always chances to add a bit more shape, whittle it down here and there, poke it to get just what you're looking for.
And adding the roving makes it kind of magical!
After a couple of hours, I had one finished pumpkin, one ready-for-the-details pumpkin, and one shaped blob that will become a pumpkin.
Very satisfying. Kind of addictive. (Like any craft in the fiber "line!") (And I only stabbed myself once.) Plus . . . charming little nuggets of fiber-y goodness when you're done!
Have you ever tried needle felting? If you've got any little niggling desire to give it a try, I highly recommend the kits from Felted Sky. They include everything you need to get started (except the foam mat; you'd need to buy one of those separately) - including needles. The kits come with complete and detailed step-by-step written instructions including color photos --- and links to video demonstrations, should you need them.
I'm hooked! (Maybe this time I won't just shove my needle felting bin to the depths of the "craft closet" . . . )
I thank you all for your thoughtful and insightful comments so far for our first Read With Us book discussion! I truly wish we could all be together, talking about this book in my living room! I can see that . . . there are true limitations to replying to comments IN the comments section, at least when it comes to my Typepad blog, so my apologies for the cumbersome nature of this discussion. Please continue to comment and discuss the book on yesterday's post --- while I figure out the settings to make replying to comments IN the comments work. (Because I've run into an issue. But I'm working on it!)