What is needle felting?
Needle felting is the process of turning a pile of wool into different shapes and artistic designs, by using a special barbed needle. As the needle is poked back & forth into the pile of wool, the special barbed end catches the fibers & binds them together. There are also special tools that have several needles attached, to help make the process much faster. You can continue to add as many shapes & colors together as you wish, to make your very own piece of fiber art.
It’s been several years now since I saw my first piece of needle felted fiber art, and I have to say… I am as amazed today as I was then! The creative ideas that people come up with, to turn a seemingly insignificant pile of wool into something so lovely, still inspires me.
The perfectly round felt balls with colorful designs, beautiful one of a kind purses with no visible stitches, inspiring wall art unbelievably painted with wool… the things I have seen never cease to amaze me!
Look at just a few of the things these creative people have come up with.
* Click on any of the pictures to find out more about the artist or their store.
When I saw these little guys swinging from their necklaces, I couldn’t help but smile out loud 🙂
I love the work of this artist!
Beautiful Felted Wool Bracelet
Colorful Felted Bangle Bracelets
Felted Foxgloves – aren’t they beautiful!
Look at these beautiful toys!
Needle Felted Purse
Beautiful Purse (you can get this kit)
Needle Felted Christmas Ornament
Don’t those creations inspire you to ask… how in the world did they do that?
If so, you’re in luck, because in my next post, I will be showing exactly “How to Needle Felt“, so you too can turn something as inexpensive as raw wool into something very chic & beautiful. And, with the holidays right around the corner, you’ll love the things that you’ll be able to make & give as gifts!
3 thoughts on “Needle Felting – How to Turn Wool Into Art”
I did attend a fiber arts festival in Bangor, ME where I had experienced the felting potential. On a very brisk cold autumn day I walked into a felted tent with an elaborate floral design where all of their displayed sale items were. It was evident that this tent was a fantastic air barrier as well as insulator.
At a different display I bought a pot holder felted of wool with a whimsical ram design, it works great.
I have only recently become aware of needle felting. It is an amazing art form!