Two months ago I tried needle felting for the first time. It was easier than I’d imagined. I learned that having the right tools really does help. I also discovered that in spite of my concerns, my 4-year-old was able to do it, and she really enjoyed it.
In the past couple of months we’ve made felted food, felted fairies, felted butterflies and leaves and trees. I like felting because you can finish a project really quickly. In under 30 minutes you can create something beautiful, even as a beginner. You’re basically just poking fibre over and over and over – this is not a skill that takes years to master. While practice does help, compared to crafts like knitting or sewing there isn’t much of a learning curve and you can dive right in.
Recently, I’ve been all about the felted flowers. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet, but they’re pretty. I was thinking that I could hot glue them to a barrette or sew them to a sweater or scarf. Right now, though, the use is less important than the making.
Because I want to share the felting love, I made a little how-to video. In it, I make a felted flower. It’s fun! It’s not that long! I say um a lot! Check me out:
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After the video I trimmed the leaves and centre of the flower slightly with a pair of scissors. I also added a bit more pink fibre to the petals. But that’s it. Easy-peasy, I promise. The whole thing took me about 7 minutes from start-to-finish, and it would have taken less time if I hadn’t been so busy saying ‘um’ over and over and over.
If you’re really interested in felting but would like some hands-on instruction, many local yarn stores and arts centres offer classes. They’re usually single workshops, because felting just does not require ongoing instruction so much. If you’re looking for classes here in the Vancouver area my good friend teaches classes at Baaad Anna’s and Black Sheep Yarns. I can vouch for her, because she taught me.