Monday, November 4, 2013

I Think I "Felt" in Love with Needle Felting!

Up until a year or so ago, I had no idea what needle felting was. I started to pin some of these cute little sculptures on Pinterest and made a mental note to find more out about how these were done. I've never met an art form I didn't like. I love to try new things!  

So, when I saw that there was a felting workshop during the IAEA Conference I made a point (no pun intended) to quickly sign up for it. I wasn't disappointed!   Natasha from Esther's Place Fiber Studio taught us about wet felting and needle felting.   I had a blast! My first sculpture needed a lot of work - My owl looked a bit tipsy!

The next morning I purchased a starter kit so that I could do more at home. Even better - the last day of the conference at the raffle I won a big basket of 65 balls of wool! So Excited!!

So first chance I got I tossed all my school work aside and began to create a felted turkey sculpture. 

Here's some of the work in progress:

Molly is wondering what that smell is? 

I like how my turkey came out and look forward to creating again.  I'd love to take this skill into my classroom. I think my 5th graders would enjoy doing it. 
Have any of you ever needle felted with students in school? If so how did it go? Please share your experiences!