Needle felting is a wonderful craft, it’s easy to do and very relaxing, it’s also a very affordable craft with the wool and tools not costing a great deal. However, it’s highly addictive.
Felting is the process of condensing wool and making it dense so that it forms together and makes a fabric, or in this case so that it condenses into a sculpture. Felt itself is an ancient textile with known examples dating back to 5000 BC. Needle felting as a craft and art form however, only started in the 1980s by Elenor and David Stanwood. They purchased a vintage industrial felting machine and discovered a new way to use the needles and created a new type of art. A felting needle pushes the wool fibers into a sculpture or picture, and with a lot of stabbing and imagination, you can make anything.
I’d like to introduce you to my needle felted doll face, Fayetta, the Felted Fairy.
Read more in our Issue 54.
Designed by Kathy Andrews
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