Needle Felting Art is relatively new to the world of art, with this emergence it has taken the words “Fibre Art” and thrown the doors open to opportunity. Almost anything goes.
There is amazing ease found in using wool fibre as a artistic medium that brims with vibrant colors, rich textures, both 2D & 3D offer creative expression. Couple that with the fun found in stabbing something for long periods of time with very sharp needles and you have an unstoppable movement bridging the gaps between the traditional Craft Makers and Fine Artists.
Anyone could be a natural born needle felt artist, as the medium taps into our most ancient feeling instincts: touch.
Needle felting insists on the maker to “feel” the medium, as well as “see” the wool into art. It is rewarding & meditative, exciting, expressive, engaging, relaxing, and somewhat easy to learn compared to other mediums used to make art.
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Needle Felting is as much about stabbing as it is about pinching, plucking, and coaxing a single fibre to do our bidding. A single fibre can be twisted, twirled, captured and put into place by having gentle precise touch, and as much precision as possible.
The needle is designed to manipulate the fibres in the most amazing ways.
The stabbing is…. as much fun as it is to talk about!
The “barb” (notches) along the “blade” mash the fibres together going into the item, and release coming out. It is important that the direction of the needle does not change during the stabbing process – as the tension on the needle could break it. Always stab in… the same way you would pull the needle out.
Practice and keep the safety of your hands and fingers topmost in your mind. Even after years of practice, an experienced felter will stab a finger by accident. Best to practice with less difficult projects to ensure the process is more rewarding than the occasional “ouch”.
When I teach a needle felting workshop, one of the first things we do as a group is get to know our needles. The needles are specially designed to felt fibre as a “dry method” of agitating the wool.
Every workshop group has a couple people who are needle-shy, this is normal. I incorporate stories about the history of needle felting & information about the kinds of wool we will use in the project….distracting while informing the participants how to use the tools by hands on learning.
It is important that everyone can continue felting with confidence. A successful workshop is when the participants have enjoyed themselves while learning, & walk away enabled & inspired to continue needle felting.
“Artist Secrets Revealed” As an instructor I believe that everyone has potential to learn.
“One Fibre can make All the Difference”
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