Saturday, May 15, 2010

Needle Felting Skill Share Workshop

by Amy of Bumble Belly Designs

One of my favorite things about Boston Handmade, and there are many, are the skill share workshops offered by the talented members. Last Friday I got to try something I have always wanted to learn, needle felting! Lynne, from Cozy Cottage Creations, graciously opened her home to us and gave instructions on how to get started.

Here are Kerry from Kerry Hawkins Photography and Christa from Pink Sequin Designs working the wool. Lynne had a collection of childrens toys and animals to use as models for the shapes of our animals. I chose to do a bird in my favorite color blue.

Here it is taking shape.

The biggest impression I was left with was just how tricky it could be. It takes a real feel for the wool to get the shape the way you want it. It also takes a lot of time and concentration. No chatting in a "needle felting circle" unless you bring a first aid kit! We had a few finger pokes but I lost count after 6. I think we all left with a little left to finish on our projects. I still had to fine tune the shape and finish the eyes.

Kerry was really close to finishing her fish.
Christa was still working on her flamingo.
And Lynne was making the cutest elephant!
It was a great morning! Thank you, Lynne. I can't wait to start another creature!... and yes the first thing my daughter said was "oh, mommy, can I have it in my room?"


  1. So glad to see this post Amy! The animals look wonderful - what a fun afternoon you all had!

  2. Thanks Lynn for a fun workshop!


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