Stabbing at wool with sharp, barbed needles to magically transform it into anything you can imagine is the COOLEST THING!
What is Needle Felting?
Needle felting is what happens when barbed felting needles repeatedly pierce into loose fiber tangling it into a felted mass. This process is most widely used in industrial manufacturing of yardages of filter material, carpet pad and even toilet tissue.
The industrial process takes hundreds of felting needles working together in large looms but for crafty artisans, it takes just one of these needles!
industrial needle felting loom holds hundreds of needles
When removed from these machines, a felting needle becomes both a sculpting tool and a paintbrush for working with natural fiber such as sheep wool or alpaca fiber.
Needle felting is versatile, fun and quite addictive. It is portable, doesn’t take much in the way of materials and supplies AND the possibilities are endless.
Most people that try it go bonkers for needle felting! Just ask any needle felter.
My name is Kay Petal and I Felt Alive! I have dabbled in so many crafty things in my life but when I first started needle felting, it felt truly different – magical, creative, meditative, healing, rather addictive and obsessive (in a really good way.)
That was back in 2007. At that time in my life I had been diagnosed with a rare form of salivary gland cancer and was recovering from treatment. Like many, many others facing difficult situations, I knew I needed a creative outlet.
I somehow stumbled into needle felting online and my healing started right away. I stopped giving focus to the disease and instead was whisked away by the creative joy of needle felting!
I had no idea I had any artistic abilities before I started needle felting. Drawing a stick figure is a challenge, so for me, caricature art in wool is a big surprise.
My needle felted caricature dolls have helped introduce the world to sculptural needle felting, showing what can be done with wool fibers and a single barbed needle. My ‘Felt Alive’ style embodies what the magic of needle felting is all about.
As much as I love creating these zany dolls, teaching the magic of needle felting is really my ‘thing’. I’ve been sharing my love of needle felting since 2009 through my Felt Alive Video Workshops.
It is my goal to share with the world the creative joy that needle felting brings. If you would like to help me make that happen, you can contribute HERE.
A Heart ‘Felt’ Thank You!
From Your Friend in Needle Felting ~Kay Petal
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Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls
With no sewing, no stuffing, no wire armatures, no painting and no patterns, the wool is always so happy to come to life.
My Needle Felting Journey Led Me to Felt AliveWhere Will Your Journey Lead You?
With clear and informative beginner needle felting video tutorials, articles and resources, we take the mystery out of this magical craft.