After a successful first go at using a sewing needle this Summer, today we had a go at needle felting. Earlier this year I attended a needle felting day with the amazingly talented Jenny Barnett. She runs sessions throughout the year and also has a fabulous book, plus kits to make at home.
Here is some of the equipment we used this morning (Sponge – to work on top of, protecting the table and our fingers. Needle felting needle – 36 gauge. Variety of fleeces.)
Jenny suggested using a cookie cutter as a base for the shape and also a safe way of protecting the boys’ fingers from the incredibly sharp and barbed needle. These are the cutters we chose.
We placed some fleece inside the cutter and then carefully, holding the outside, pushed the needle into the fleece to effectively weave the fibres together. The boys loved it and were very careful! We turned our shape so it didn’t fix itself to the protective sponge below and could very quickly see the shapes coming together.
S chose a shark shape to begin with, followed by a larger train.
A started with a small shield which he put a ‘pinky spot’ on, followed by a small train where he discovered combining colours and finally a dinosaur.
Our finished pieces.
Jenny always displays her pieces beautifully – here are some pictures of ours.
We look forward to adding to our collection and exploring new shapes and cutters in the future. What shape would you create?