10 February 2013

Adventures in felting

Good day to you thank you please (little Miranda reference there for you. You're welcome).

I thought that I would do a little post about needle-felting for you. Now, I am no expert, by any stretch of the imagination, but I really, really enjoy it. Starting with a little blob of wooly stuff and ending up with a little creation that you have made yourself - I think the fact that it takes so long to make means you get a lot of satisfaction at the end. more in = more out, apparently!

I saw the little needle-felted dogs in issue 13 of Mollie Makes and started dropping hints to Martin. The kit I have is from Gilliangladrag, Martin bought it for my birthday last year along with a how-to needle-felt animals book.
 The kit, outside and inside

This is a really good starter kit, you get everything you need - the needles and a holder, some wool and a sponge block as well. Gillian does a few different kits, you can make bags, birds, flowers, lampshades - all sorts of things!

Gillian also runs courses at the Fluff-a-torium in Dorking - you can even have your hen party there (I wish we lived closer - it would be my idea of a dream hen do!). 

 The book, inside and out - available on Amazon here

The book that Martin bought is awesome and the little animals are so cute! There are lots of cats, but there's also polar bears and penguins - and they are all adorable!

So what have I made with my kit and my book? Well, the first ever thing I ever needle-fleted was this little toadstool - it's about an inch high, and it doesn't actually stand up on it's own, but for a first attempt I'm pretty chuffed with it.

Then for Martin's birthday in July I made this little narwhal. I had seen a similar one on Etsy from the Woolnimals shop. Can you guess which one is mine and which one is from Woolnimals?

(Mine is on the right. Really? No! Yes, really!)

Here are some inspiring needle-felted creations from Etsy, hopefully one day I will be this good!

Thanks for reading


  1. I feel yet another craft to try that I will be unsurprisingly averagely poor at, coming on :-)

    1. It is so much fun but watch your fingers! Those needles are sharp!!


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