February workshop - Needle felting

Monday, 11 February 2013 § 0

Our February workshop was Needle in a Wool Top where we had the chance to try out needle felting.

The session was led by our friend Katie of Japan Crafts who always impresses us with her knowledge and talents.

For those who have never come across needle felting before, you should know that it requires the use of very sharp barbed needles. This meant that we had to concentrate rather hard on what we were doing and spend a little less time chatting! There were plenty of plasters in case of accidents but fortunately no blood was drawn.

The process involves taking some wool fibres and shaping and felting them by repeatedly stabbing them with the needle. This knits the fibres together. The work is done on a sponge square and we used cookie cutters to make simple shapes before moving on to felt beads, animals and pictures.

The results were very impressive.

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