This past weekend, I attended my first ever knitting retreat! It was nice to spend time with other fibre lovers and ooooh-and-aaaah over each others projects, yarn, handmade goodies, and all things fibre related. The secluded resort where we stayed provided a breathtaking backdrop to the yarnie festivities with its beautiful autumn foliage, deer, blue jays, and beautiful lake.
On the second day of the retreat, my life changed forever when I met Andrea of The Woolydandy. She taught me how to needle felt! She taught dozens of us how to needle felt, and she was an amazing and inspiring teacher. In a little over an hour I had made my first needle felted thing, a pumpkin. (I only stabbed myself once!)
Needle felting has been on my crafty to-do list for years. I dream of having a Christmas tree that is decorated solely with lights and needle felted ornaments. Last year, I purchased a kit and started watching YouTube videos but lacked the confidence to actually try it. Thank you, Andrea, for helping me to find my confidence.
The satisfaction of repeatedly stabbing something should not be underestimated! This is a productive and fulfilling way to relieve stress with the added benefit of instant gratification since a small project can be completed in a short amount of time (my pumpkin took just over an hour and I was one of the slower stabbers in our class). And, as with knitting, mistakes can be ripped out, fixed, or embraced as a design element. So far, it doesn’t seem very expensive, but like most crafts, I’m sure it’s as expensive or inexpensive as your budget allows.
As I write this on Monday morning, I’ve been home less than 18 hours and I’ve already made another needle felted thing, an owl! I’m planning either a hedgehog or bee next. I guess this makes me officially bi-craftual. Until this past weekend, knitting was my only thing, now I have another thing and may need to rearrange my stash to accommodate more fibre.
Are you a needle felter? I’m open to any suggestions for supplies, resources, and needle felters to follow on social media.
Also, watch this space for some socks with needle felted embellishments...there are so many ideas marinating in my brain.