I spent the first 5 hours of my 100 Hours of Art learning a completely new art form: needle felting!
My friend’s mom hosted a felting class at her house in Vermont, so we both thought that sounded like a fun thing to learn. Basically, you start with a poof of clean, undyed wool, like these:
This wool makes up the bulk of the shape, and you can add dyed wool to it later. Dyed wool tends to be more expensive, so it makes sense to use this as the ‘filling’.
The needles, like the ones shown here, have little tiny, barely visible barbs along the sides. For quick work, you’d want more barbs, for meticulous detail work, less. And these needles are VERY sharp! Every single one of the seven ladies doing the class, myself included, drew blood at least once. Here’s a close up of a couple of needles:
See the barbs? Scary little things.
Anyway, you start with a ball of wool, and every time you stab the needle into it, it tangles up the wool fibers more and more until it becomes a firm mass of knots in the shape of your choosing. In our case, we made sheep! I won’t bore you with all of the details, but the process basically looks like this (only much slower).
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process, but here is the final product!
Now that I know how to do it, I am dying to make this little guy. Too ambitious, maybe?