Beginner Workshop – Make a Felted Geode!

Learn everything you need to know to begin wet felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will get to choose your favorite colors from a beautiful assortment of wool and layer them in any way you like as you learn how to transform these colorful bits of wool fluff into a beautiful geode! Wet felting is a process that requires only soap, water, wool, and your hands to create felt; so unlike needle felting, there are no needles involved. No experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you’ll leave the workshop with a beautiful geode to display in your home. Coffee and tea will be served as well.

 

Date:  Thursday, August 8

Time:  5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Make a Bee!

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to make your own needle felted bee from start to finish. No experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles, foam pad, and extra wool home! Coffee and tea will be served as well.

 

Date:  Thursday, July 18

Time:  5:00 – 7:00pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

YOUTH Needle Felting Workshop – Fox Pin

In this beginner needle felting workshop, children will learn about the basic techniques and materials involved in needle felting as they create an adorable needle felted fox pin! No experience is necessary, and we recommend a minimum age of 8 to begin needle felting, as the needles involved are very sharp. Finger guards will be provided if students wish to use them. All materials are included, and students will get to wear their pin home!

 

Date:  Sunday, June 23

Time:  1:00 – 3:00pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Prickly Pear Cactus!

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to make your own needle felted prickly pear cactus from start to finish. We’ll even pot it in some wool “soil” in a little terra cotta pot! No felting (or gardening) experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too! Your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea is included.

 

Date:  Saturday, June 15

Time:  9:00am – noon

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Needle Felting Workshop

Enjoy the natural surroundings of beautiful Vermont while learning a new craft! In this beginner workshop, participants will learn the basics of needle felting to create a three-dimensional animal sculpture. Participants will leave the workshop with a completed needle felted animal as well as the tools provided during the workshop so they can use their new skills at home.

To find out more and register for this workshop, visit their website listed below!

My Needle Felting Process

I often get questions about how my needle felted animals are built. Are they made from just a single piece of wool? Do I put many pieces together? Is there wire or support inside them? How do I add the flowers on their surfaces?

So, I decided to share some progress photos and steps of a recent project that I did, a needle felted black swan with flannel flowers. Below is how all of my projects begin; I start out with some wool roving or batting, felting needles in a variety of sizes, and a foam pad for support.

My needle felted sculptures are made out of solid wool. I don’t use wire or any other supports inside my sculptures unless a customer requests that they be posable. I build up different parts of the animal body in separate pieces. Below you can see the bulk of this swan’s body. The head and neck were made separately and then attached. You can also see a couple of pieces of a wing waiting to be attached.

In this photo, I have already added the beak and eyes to the head with small bits of orang and peach colored wool, and I am now attaching one of the completed wings to the body. Pieces are attached by placing one piece of wool over another, and making repeated jabs with the felting needle. There are tiny barbs on the needles that catch on the wool fibers and cause them to interlock so that these two pieces of wool are now stuck together.

Flowers and other felted details are attached in the same manner, just with smaller bits of wool.

And here is the completed needle felted black swan with her flowers. She is 100% wool; and while she is very lightweight, she is fairly firm to the touch. It’s important to me that my needle felted soft sculptures hold up over time, so I work very hard to tuck in stray fibers and create a smooth, uniform surface with my fine felting needle towards the end of the felting process.

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