Monday, November 1, 2010

Needle Felting

George and I had a ball Trick or Treating with the girls last night! Guess what I dressed up as...a SHEPHERD!!! LOL couldn't resist it! Little Bo Peep wasn't an option as most of the costumes were in the "adult" section of the Halloween shop. So instead I tried to pull off a biblical shepherd. Emma our oldest was Wonder Woman and little Abigale was Cinderella.  We had a ball.  Then after sorting candy and waiting for the them to crash from their sugar rush it was time for book and bed! When all was quiet in the house, I realized I had received a package on Saturday and hadn't opened it.  To my joyful surprise it was my new Ashford Carders!!!!
So I grabbed a baggie of freshly washed fleece and began loading up my carders (didn't have a clue what I was doing but just couldn't wait)! On went the fleece and a carding I did go!
Some of the fleece I used wasn't very smooth and if you ask me looked a little felted but I really am not sure how to gage the quality yet, so as I carded I noticed how nice and smooth the fibers became.  The more I carded the smoother and straight they became!
Now I rolled them off the carders as the little instruction sheet told me too and I placed them in a pile.  As I oogled my handiwork...dreamed of spinning (which I can't yet do), I decided I just had to play with this white fluffy stuff!!!
I quietly snuck upstairs tip toed past the sleeping princess and super heroine and found my bag of supplies.  Back down in the breakfast room I unveiled my new felting needles and not knowing one from the other except for what I have learned on YouTube began to felt up some of my very own sheep wool!!!
With no initial idea of what I would make, the inspiration just popped into my head to make a wee little snow man!  Not the greatest but no too shabby for my first "stab" at it!! ( i just crack myself up)! It took me about 30 minutes start to finish.

I guess its part of the addiction to sheep, fiber and fun! If you can't spin it, felt it, if you can't felt it, use it as long as you are having fun with your fleece that's all that matters!! Hope you enjoyed my little snowman!!

Happy All Saints Day!


  1. Very cute snowman!! I will be getting my first set of felting needle in the next day or two. Can't wait to make something!

  2. Good luck Marie, can't wait to see what you create!!

  3. Adorable!
    I do machine felting, but would like to learn to needle felt.
    I just started spinning, but still need a bit of practice. I'll be learning to weave next. I want to be able to do as many different things with my wool as is possible!

  4. Oh boy, we are all in the same place - I just ordered some felting needles, too! I found a vido on youtube of a very cool lady doing some beginning felting, and her designs were really beautiful! Can't recall the link right now, but if I find it again I will send it along. She had transformed a thrift store men's XL sweater by washing it (shrinking and felting it) then cut up the middle to make it a cardigan and put some really pretty ribbon on the cut edges, then needle felted some designs into the front of the sweater - hearts and flowers and such. A neat idea!. Anybody tried felting soap yet?

  5. Hahaha!! Elaine as you were writing this comment I was probably getting all my stuff ready to felt some soap! We ARE all in the same place! I made four soaps last through out the day yesterday. They all turned out pretty good but you can see the progression of improvment by the last one. its a neat project, I liked it alot. Have an awesome day.