Few months ago on one of my numerous Internet surfing for new creative inspirations I stumbled upon beautiful work made with needle felt technique. Most amazing thing you can do with this technique…life like flowers, toys, 3D sculptures, accessories and I can go on and on. So of course I decide that I’ll give it a try at any given opportunity.
Here is a little description about needle felting from Wikipedia:
“Needle felting is a popular fibre arts craft created without the use of water. Special needles that are used in industrial felting machines are used by the artist as a sculpting tool. While erroneously referred to as “barbed” needles, they in fact have notches along the shaft of the needle that grab the top layer of fibers and tangle them with the inner layers of fibers as the needle enters the wool. Since these notches face down towards the tip of the needle, they do not pull the fibers out as the needle exits the wool. Once tangled and compressed using the needle, the felt can be strong and used for creating jewelry or sculpture. Using a single needle or a small group of needles (2-5) in a hand-held tool, fine details can be achieved using this technique, and it is popular for 2D and 3D felted work.”
I hope it gave you an idea and if you still not sure what I’m talking about – well Google is your oyster;)
Unfortunately I couldn’t buy stuff I needed in our local wool shops (don’t forget I live in small coastal town ) and I could’t find much on SA online shops either…unless I wasn’t looking in right places. If you know were I could get it locally (SA)…please, please, please let me know, I’ll really appreciated!
My search for wool and felting needles brought me home, my first home – Kiev. Wow…there are so many online shops that supply with everything you need for needle felting…Paradise!!
With help of my parents, thank you mama and papa xxx I did some shopping over there and luckily for me… Russian friend of mine was visiting Kiev and she brought for me my parcel with wool and needles.
I did more “Googling” and researching on this new craft that I “felt” in love with…so much to learn!!! And made me think that we are so lucky to have all this knowledge at our fingertips… thanks to Internet!
And here is my first flower… it was fun making it, but need more practice…I poked my fingers few times((. I’m sure I’ll get better at aiming))
Have few other felt thing that I almost finished with…so hopefully will post by the end of this week.
I’m off to bed now… tomorrow is another day to create.
Love, Yuli xxx