Once I was happy with his body, I moved on to his ears. The amazing thing about needle felting is that you can layer the colours up, and almost weld the fabrics together, just through the stabbing (this sounds awfully violent doesn’t it) so the little flat ears were made, and his little white tummy added, with eyes and a nose. My favourite part though is the tail. By leaving the strands of wool unfelted I was able to keep it bushy!
Last weekend I spent a morning at the cutest studio on the beautiful Welbeck Estate in Worksop for a Needle Felting course with the lovely Georgina from Atelier Crafts. I’ve always fancied giving needle felting a go but I’ll be honest, it looked like it might be a bit complicated so a workshop seemed the best solution.
Georgina greeted us with drinks and we had the chance to look round her super cute workshop. It’s full of beautiful things – bookcases full of handmade goodies and walls covered in art. It’s a makers dream.
Once the class was assembled. Georgina sat us down ready to get going with the felting. She explained to us the basics of needle felting (the needle aggravates the felt causing it to meld together) and the important business of keeping our fingers away from the needle (which, stupidly, I did not take an awful lot of notice of – serious ouch.) And then showed us the basics of felting – which if you’re even slightly annoyed will work wonders – it’s all about the stabbing you see. I decided on making a little 3D fox, taking the idea from some of images she’s brought along. My companions decided to make a flat landscape and a flower brooch, so we were all trying a different technique.
I picked my wool. I listened intently to my instructions and then, I’ll be honest, I started this like I start most crafting projects, a little gung ho. I figured it would be easy and just started stabbing my balled up felt. Unfortunately I ended up with a slightly misshapen, squaring, ginger ball of wool and had to cry for help Georgina who reassured me that with a little more stabbing and by paying attention to it, I’d finish up with the little egg shape I was aiming for (that or if I really messed up we could take scissors to it). And she was right, not too much longer later and little foxy was starting to take shape.
And as the class was a few hours long, I managed to make mr fox here and get started on a sea green flat number too. I may have gotten a little over excited and bought myself a little kit from the workshop too so I have finished the sea greens brooch I was making and made a little penguin for one of my friends too. Be warned friends, your Christmas gifts may be felt like.
On another note. The Welbeck Estate is well worth a visit. Not only is it set in stunning grounds but it’s full of some wonderfully crafty people, an artisan food school, a butchers, gallery and garden centre. I’m hoping I can get back later this month for their open weekend (22nd-24th Nov) for the crafts and also because I hear they have some fantastic cheese stalls.
Georgina from Atelier Crafts has kindly offered me a space on one of her crafting workshops to give away to a lucky one of you. All you have to do is head over to her website and have a peek at the upcoming courses and leave a comment here to tell us which course you’d like to win. Extra entries are available through the rafflecopter widget too.