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Practical class: Felting 101

It took forever to drive to Waterperry House and Art in Action on the first day, (three stalled vehicles on the highway and crawling traffic.) The result was that the class I intended to take was booked up and so I opted for a felting class instead.

I’ve never felted anything before and I though, why not? Why not go and have some “crafting” fun. And here is the how to of this fun art form:

The tools which are needed are:
– wool felt
– a felting needle (careful, it has four sharp and barbed needles, and they will hurt you!)
– a foam support
– a needle and thread, scissors and, maybe some buttons or beads or other embellishments, (or not).

(What do you think of this cute felted fairy cake pin cushion? Don’t you love it?)

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The craft being made was a felted flower broach and here is the teacher demonstrating the beginning. She took a bunch of wool, formed it into a sort-of circle…

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…and began stabbing it with the felting needle. Her needle didn’t have a protective, retractable plastic cover, the student’s needles did.

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So I chose some colours and here is the beginning of my first flower. It’s really easy and fun actually and I think I had a smile on my face thru the whole procedure. In no time the wool began and to knit together and became a cohesive disk.

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And, in no time, I had three disks and two leaf shapes ready for my broach. I picked out some buttons and some red thread and began stitching it all together.

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And, here is my finished broach! (I stitched a broach pin to the back of it.)

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Look how well it looks on my little purse! I chose these autumnal colours because I’m looking forward to pinning it on my scarves later on in the year.

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This was a simple little thing to learn and I must say that everyone who saw it commented on how lovely it was. I think so too.

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But before you…or I…dismiss it as a “craft” take a look at this award winning Best of the Best Textile piece from artist Eve Kelly! Isn’t it amazing? It’s all felted, just like my flowers, and sold for 390GBP, (that’s over $700!). Here’s a link to another lovely website where you can see life-sized felted birds by Eve O’Neill.

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Happy felting folks. Let me know if you have done this and what you’ve made. 😀

Comments: 9

  • July 21, 2014

    I have to admit that until I saw the FABULOUS final piece by Eve I was going to dismiss the entire subject but you changed my mind in the blink of an eye! She is amazing!!!

      • July 23, 2014

        I was actually mesmerized and then felt guilty for dismissing the power of simplicity. I plan on looking her up online to find more of her work!

  • July 22, 2014

    I used to do a lot of needle felting a few years ago , making small items and ( my favourite) witches but it started to give me repetitive strain in my wrists so I had to stop. My skills would never have come close to any of the fabulous artists doing it now. The Eve Kelly piece is out of this world.

  • July 22, 2014

    Thanks for showing me this. I have wondered how it is done. Love your projects!

  • Christie

    July 22, 2014

    I have done some basic felting and would love to think that someday I could do something more intricate like Eve’s birds. Something to aspire to!! 🙂

  • daryledelstein

    July 23, 2014

    i love looking at crafts, i can thread a needle but i don’t sew very well at all …

  • July 23, 2014

    I think i could do with going to a felting workshop, love the cupcake and the corsage

  • Dana Fulton

    July 24, 2014

    Isn’t it fun?! I’m so happy that you fell into this class. I dabble in various crafts, none expertly, but am in awe of those that take it to an art form. Thank you for sharing your lovely brooch and Eve’s beautiful fairy!

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