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.
(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!