Thursday, August 7, 2008

Needle Felting Fun



I was introduced to needle felting a few weeks ago. I had the pleasure of attending a make and take demo by Back to Back Alpaca. With some friendly encouragement from the owner I was needle felting in no time. I have admired this art yet didn't have any teaching in the procedure. It turns out that it is very simple. Not to mention fun!



I purchased a basic kit to get started. Everything you need to begin is in this kit.



A few of the key components are a very sharp barbed needle and a foam cube to place your wool on. All you have to do is design or transfer whatever your design is onto your medium. Next you place a very small amount of wool roving or yarn onto your pattern and take your needle and poke it through the layers.



After searching several minutes(almost late for work) for the holster for my phone I had an idea of making my own phone case. The next day I traced around my phone to make a pattern. Then I traced that pattern onto a piece of felt. I drew a simple flower shape onto my wool felt and picked out some curly roving. Then I pulled apart the roving that I was using for the flower. You only need a very small amount. As you can see I used a bit much. It truly is a 3 dimensional flower. Then you go crazy with the needle punching it through the felt. Your shape comes to life. Just think of all of the embellishing one could do with this technique. The possibilities are endless.

P.S. I still can't find my holster for my phone. I guess it's where all of the single socks are!

8 comments:

Renna said...

That's darling, Barb. You have me wanting to try it! :-)

NH Knitting Mama said...

Isn't needle felting fun? I just love it for embellishments on my knitting.

Jennifer said...

Interesting. I've seen some cool purses that use needle felting. This is cool too, http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Roseanna/knitting-pattern-book-pattern-details-now-added .

Wool Winder said...

It really turned out nice!

DebbieKnitter said...

ohhhh that is soooo cute Barb. I give it 2 thumbs up :) I needle felted a random design on my felted purse and it turned out so cute, my aunt bought it from me lol. I can't wait to see more of your projects!

Quiltersal said...

Very cool design! I love needle felting but since I knit mostly socks, I've not tried it on them yet. My "Arnold" basket is needle felted on the sides with quilt blocks to tie in both my crafty-loves!

Jewels said...

i L.O.V.E. your little cell phone pouch you needlefelted.

susan said...

you are gonna love it! i have a building stash of wool roven and stuff. i love to do it but my first attempt, i broke three of the four needles. have fun