While perusing the internet, I stumbled on this strange crafting process called “Needle Felting”. Since I’m quite a curious person, and I like trying new things, I decided to look up some projects that people had made to see if I might try my hand at felting.
One of the most amazing creators I found, was Kay Petal (do visit her website – Felt Alive.) She has an amazing website dedicated to the artform. I’ve learned all I needed to know about needle felting from her FAQs on her website and ordered my first needle felting tools from her store where she creates her own needles for felting.
I found the process fascinating, especially because I majored in Animation and have an intense love for it. Combine that with my recent interest in Stop Motion Animation, and you have an artist just itching to take off running with this new technique.
I’m planning on creating a Stop Motion puppet and needlefelting the body and details. I believe that the freedom that is given with Needle Felting will combine with an armature. It should create a very cool way to create fur on a character because of the ability to felt the wool to make it more pliable.
I just received my order today, and I have to admit, I had a blast just creating a little felted ball. I’m looking forward to getting more colors of wool and learning how to create intricate pieces.
And nothing compares to a video to demonstrate the pure skill that is used to create Kay Petal’s Little Celebrities. Check out her Whoopi Goldberg.