Needle Felting is the Tops

A needle felted mouse/rat named Richard

My first needle felted piece which I have no qualms in calling fibre art.

Needle felting. A new post for 2018 and a new hobby. I have many hobbies/interests under my belt but this has to be the tops.

 Yes, it took a lot of reading, watching tutorials and researching materials but no one mentioned the magic that sparkles from the finished piece. It is more than being hooked with a past-time; being excited about what projects to do next; or the delight in sharing it with friends. The appeal the creature created is unique. Never before in all my many years of making beautiful items has there been such a unanimously positive response to any of my works. 

I have used wool on many occasions for craft making. For knitting especially when making items for family and friends and indeed for myself. All with a pattern and woe betide me if I missed a stitch or used the wrong needles.

But in needle felting, although I follow a basic shape, idea or am inspired by an image, the project is almost injected (interesting choice of word) with unwritten strokes, as in creating a piece of artwork. It is hard to describe but is decidedly different to most hobbies that I have followed and I am over the moon with the “what happens next” (even the blue blood

Needle felting hands and feet

Fingers and toes.

moon that we have just seen here in WA) . 

Stabbing a needle into a lump of wool doesn’t sound like the genteelist of feminine interests. Although I did read that some find it therapeutic. But the effect of the needles (shape and barbs considered) can slowly bring about the desired results and can almost be a surprise. I am loving the idea of it all and am looking forward with an interesting anticipation as to the outcome of my next endeavour.   

I am very pleased that I overcame my initial reluctance which came from reading the continuous warnings of possible accidental stabbings of fingers, should they get in the way. And accepted my initiation with a proud finger display covered in plaster. I, also, had to overcome my own thoughts of how, once the eyes were in place, I could stab with impunity this soft little creature that I was modelling. It seems such nonsense but I do tend to personify and how easy is it to find oneself talking to such a character.

Needle felted mouse

He turned out to be a mixture of things – his whiskers will be added later.

Finally, I would like to thank the many fibre artists that I have accessed on the internet. In particular, I am grateful to . Sara Renzulli has many tutorials on youtube from which to choose and learn. I have watched a number over and over and will continue to do so. Her approach and delivery to her subject is easy to follow and most inspiring. Her sense of humour appeals to me. She tells us she loves what she does and seems to be successful in doing it. I can only reinforce to any other would be crafter to learn and practice the craft in which they want to excel, love doing it, the rest will follow. 


Florence with card

Florence – never to be forgotten

And now there is Florence (March 2018) holding her lovely blue flower. So appealing with her beautiful floppy ears. The softest of Merino wool. She has a gift card which says what is in her heart and lets you know the name of the flower that she carries just for you. Myosotis, a little flower that is said to mean mouse’s ear in Greek and used all over the world as a symbol of remembrance. 



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