Last week, before taking a few weeks of holidays in my homeland, I went to a workshop in my favourite knitting supplies shop in Oxford, Fibreworks, to learn about a very puzzling technique, ie needle felting and 3D sculptures.
The idea is to shape wool straight from the carder to create 3D items with specific felting needles.
Roughly, we want to go from this:
So it sounds and looks a little bit like black magic, but with some patience and imagination it actually works and it becomes a very addictive activity.
To get into needle-felting, our group had possibly the best UK teacher, the lovely and very talented Gretel Parker. You can check her website and her amazing works at the end of the article. Her style is very graphic, colourful and cartoonesque, but if you browse Etsy, you will find strikingly realistic pieces. We made Easter candy bunnies, with very different interpretations – I tried to make a lop-eared bunny.
If you are in Oxford and if you feel curious about needle-felting, Tash will provide you with all supplies in the Fibreworks on Cowley Rd.
Gretel Parker‘s website (who published a pattern book about needle felting and does sweet illustrations)
Fibreworks, Oxford (with next needle-felting classes).