Thursday, January 7, 2016

I am needle felter, hear me roar!

Immediately after writing my uninspired-by-new-year post yesterday, I only went and made my first attempt at needle felting, something that has been on my resolutional to-do list ever since Craftathon 2011.  (See also the damp squib that was Craftathon 2015.) I think this was the first year since 2011 that I didn't claim I was going to try new crafts and...boom!  Maybe the trick is less promising, more doing.

Now, let me tell you, I am already hooked (barbed?!) on needle felting - so satisfying and so much fun!  I'm very pleasantly surprised by the results too.  This lion badge is super cute, I think.  I'm going to give him to Dulcie.  She probably won't appreciate it.  

[Last night I told Dulcie I was just going to make her a CD quickly before we played My Little Pony meets Frozen and Dracula and she said, "All right, as long as you're not making it from wool.  Every time you make something from wool it takes a-a-a-a-a-ages!"  Ha!  Well, it did take me two years to crochet her stripey dress and her Christmas mermaid blanket is currently more of a navel warmer, so she may have a point.]
 I think needle felting holds many possibilities for me, I'm just not quite sure what they are yet.  My finances are in no state to be buying craft materials at the moment, so I'm having to work with the wool I already have, which is a BRIGHT mixture.  Still, limits can be good, I think.  I took the use-what-you-have approach for the majority of the handmade gifts I gave this Christmas and they all worked out pretty well.  I'm hoping to share some photos of them soon, but apparently every photo I took on my phone is incompatible with everything but my phone.  Fingers crossed I can sort that out in the not-too-distant future...

So, yes, I sense a new crafty obsession (or interest, at least) in needle felting, evidenced by my not being able to sleep for thinking about it last night.  Watch this space!  Oh, what a good crafty start to the year :)


  1. Happy new year! Love the lion brooch, he's fab! You should make more for your shop..I've never tried needle felting but love the result. I too am trying to get cracking with new work this year and reignite my creative spark, here's to a crafty 2016...x

  2. Thanks, Moira :) I must say, I am always tempted to start listing things in my shop again, but something always holds me back. I think it's a lot of time invested for very little return, as I don't promote myself enough (or probably make/list things well enough) to really sell much. But do I really want my house filled with random needle felted oddities?! Ha! I always miss the "purpose" of crafting post-Christmas and my thoughts return to business ideas, but I think in the meantime I'll stay focussed on making over selling.

    Good luck with your own creative endeavours this year. I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with x


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