One thing I have learned about needle felting is that sometimes the wool makes the decision about what it want to be. For example, when making the little ‘critters,’ I usually have an idea of what I want it to end up looking like. However, it doesn’t always happen that way.
This adorable girl dragon started out with the intent of being a cat. By the time I was done, she had turned into a substantially larger creature and was most definitely not a cat. With pink toenails and purple and pink markings, she also needed to have curly eyelashes. Although I tried different methods with wool fibers, none of them worked too well, so I bought a pair of fake eyelashes and needled them in. Perfect!
This cute bear decided he wanted to be a silly bear.
I will be teaching four fall classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver -(59 Broadway, Denver 80209). All are using the technique of wet felting.
Two will be Wet Felting 101: Cobweb Scarf , one on Sunday, October 30 from 1-4 p.m. and the other on Saturday November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cobweb felting creates a very light-weight, sheer scarf from a merino/silk blend that you purchase at Fancy Tiger. It requires 2-3 ounces of wool. The cost will be $35 plus the cost of your wool.
The other two classes are Wet Felting 201: Landscape. Each class is designed to teach the fundamentals of “painting” a landscape/dreamscape using wool and other fibers. Each class will cover the aspects of using different fibers, wet felting techniques, how to create dimension in your wool painting, and how to add details using felting needles. As these two classes are 4 1/2 hours each, please bring water and a snack if you feel like you might need extra energy. You will need 1-3 ounces of different colors of wool for the background colors. Other supplemental colors and fibers will be provided. Cost will be $50 and each one will be held from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. – October 2 and November 13.
Please go to www.fancytigercrafts.com to register for one or both of the classes.
One of the things I enjoy the most about nuno felting is that it produces wonderful light and sheer items that can be worn at anytime of the year. Cold office due to air conditioning? Extra warmth during the fall and winter? Dressing up a plain outfit with wearable art is the answer. The scarf/wrap shown above is an example of bringing the garden indoors year-round.
Minneken is an old Dutch word meaning beloved or darling; small creature. I chose this name for my little people that are crafted with wool and a felting needle. I enjoy the process of giving a personality to the little person. They are anywhere from six to eight inches tall.