Needle felting. It’s something I have always wanted to try but I have never got round to. Recently whilst visiting my In-laws in lovely Bishops Castle I took a walk around their new little craft shop “Sheepish”. It’s so good and worth a visit. It’s in a great building with beams and characyer and it has a really lovely array of yarns and products. They also have needle felt kits! I couldn’t resist. They are buy a company called Black Dog and Ginger Cat. They have such a variety of animals to buy. I bought the beginnger kit for 2 little cats.
The brown bag it comes in contains 2 rounds of fleece one brown and one white, 2 types of ‘stabbing’ needles, a sewing needle, threads and beads for eyes and the instructions. It’s such an odd craft. At first I felt a bit like a loon stabbing some wool fleece into submission with a needle on a sponge but after a while it became strangely satisfying. You see the fleece start to thicken and roll into a shape. The instructions were great and really helpful.
As usual I started to change the item to my style I can’t help but change it and I smoothed the body of the cat on the sides to make a neck and added extra fleece to the front to make a little face. What’s great about needle felt is that you can add just by adding a little fleece to the spot and if it is wrong stab it out with the needle. It’s great.
Here are my two little cats and I think this may begin a little needle felt obsession as it is so easy and fun! Have a go if you want something crafty but are afraid of knitting or sewing as anyone can do this.
P.S. the kit comes with plasters….you will need these