Why Needle felt?

Hi! Wool is great for felting!!

Hello Fiber Friends!

I hope this finds you all well. Our country and the entire world is in a state of unknown right now. We are being asked to stay at home. This may be something new for some of you! We live in such a fast paced world that I believe we have forgotten how to slow down and take time to enjoy what is around us…family, friends, the beauty of nature…and I could go on.

Personally I never have a hard time occupying my time. However, there are folks that just don’t know what to do with themselves or their children. If you don’t have a hobby, then now might be the time to rekindle or start one!

What is a hobby? A hobby is something you enjoy doing for fun in your leisure time. Many of us don’t have a lot of leisure time, until now. There are a lot of things we can do; reading, cooking, hiking in nature, crafting. This last one is where I come in!

A great craft is needle felting. It is easy to do, inexpensive to start, and great to do with your children. What can I make?…more on that in a minute but first what are the benefits of doing a hobby such as needle felting?

How can I benefit from doing a hobby? Reasons to start a hobby.

Hobbies help to structure your time. More then likely if you have children you are now working with them through virtual systems for their education. That time is structured but what about after. Hobbies help to hold attention while creating a final project we can feel good about.

Tip: Using cookie cutters as a mold to make your project is a great way to start.

Here is a quick video on it

Hobbies help to promote flow. It will be easy to get caught up in all the news and worry more then we need to and as a result many of us are going to lose sleep over it. When we are concentrating on a hobby time flies and we become fully immersed in what we are doing. Hobbies that stretch our skills foster this desirable state!

Hobbies help you cope with stress. By focusing on a non-work-related task, you are giving your mind something else to think about. When you are really into it you are in a state of flow and your worries fade away…couldn’t we all use that right now!

Hobbies help you unite with others. I’m guessing that if you have children you don’t have much time to actually “do” things with them. You are busy running them to one place or another. Dinner may be a quick run through the fast food! This is a time when you actually have time to spend time with your children and really re-connect with them and get to know how amazing they are all over again.

This blanket will go to a nursing home resident

Hobbies have physical benefits. There are a lot of studies that have shown being involved in a hobby such as needle felting lowers blood pressure, higher levels of positive psychosocial state and lower levels of depression and anxiety!

Most of all it is FUN!!!! Don’t get me wrong, our situation is serious but we need to make room for having some humor and laughter in our lives as well.

To help you get started please take this gift; a free project needle felting project. All you need are the basic tools, felting needles, foam pad, wool fibers and an idea!

Resources: Living Felt Sarafina fiber art

I wish you all health and safety and as always…

HAPPY CREATING!

Anita

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

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MARCH 20-22, 2020

The show is only one week away! I am still busy getting last minute things done for the booth. In process now are carding my new SUNSET ART BATTS!

BLENDING THE COLORS!
YUMMY!!!!!
FELTED INTO A PICTURE

I needle felted the batt onto a pre-felt. Then I needled the image on. Final stitching in progress. Going to put this one in a shadow box.

These batts will be sold at the show and in my Etsy store soon!

HAPPY CREATING!

Anita

Needle felting Free Download!

Good Morning!

If you are interested in learning to create your own wool painting using needle felting techniques, I have just the thing for you!

Go to my website and check out my Free “5 Easy Steps to Creating a Wool Painting” . It is a PFD download and is loaded with pictures and lots of how to’s!! You will also have access to my Wool Painting Facebook group. It is a place to post your work, ask questions, and make comments.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Happy Creating!

Anita

Needle Felting Class-behind the scenes prep!

Hello my Fiber Friends!

In just a little over 2 weeks the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival will begin! I am so excited to be vending at this awesome event. This is my first year!

I am also teaching at this show; Wool Painting (check it out at the previous link. Please note this is not the subject of the picture we are creating!) This class will show you how to make a basic wool painting using wool fibers and felting needles. It is a 2 hour class and spots are still available!

Here are some behind the scenes preparation as I get ready everything ready for the class!

First it starts with finding the inspiration! I like to go to Pinterest. I can get lost in there….LOL

Which one????

Once I have an idea then it is time to start creating the design;

Adding layers of colors!

Then to add in details!

Now I can add some stitching and any other embellishments. As I am doing that I need to start making the kits! This is a messy job….LOL

So many colors!

There you have it! It is going to be an awesome class! Hope I will see some of you at the show March 20-22!

Happy Creating!

Anita

The Needle-felting Machine!

The needle-felting machine. You saw it and you just had to have it! Now it is home and you are staring at it in the box. What to do?? Should I open it? If I do then I will have to try and use it…but I am scared!!! It looked so easy at the demonstration. I saw all the cool things you could do with it.

I was hooked!

But now here it is and I am afraid to open the box.

Does this sound familiar? You saw the cool fabric that was being made and you had so many ideas.

You saw how you could use your scraps of leftover fiber, fabric, ribbons, yarn & more. I don’t want to break any needles but I want to try!

Don’t be afraid! Take it out of the box.

Get a scrap piece of muslin or felt as your base. Lay out some fine wisps of roving on the base. Put it under the needles and here you go! It’s like machine quilting in a way. You run the machine faster then you are moving the piece. I usually put the pedal all the way down and then move my piece slower. If you move too fast and change directions quickly you will break needles. So do be careful.

Here is a cool blog I found; http://janeville.blogspot.com/2010/06/1.html on making a piece using a needle felting machine. She lays it out step by step with great pictures!

rainbow series pink yellow

If you are looking to learn how to use your machine and want one on one, step by step instructions I am available for lessons. Please contact me at anitahomespun@gmail.com

I would be happy to get you started!

Happy creating!

Anita

Stitching time…

Over the past several months I have done multiple wool paintings. These were wet felted and are in need of being finished. Finishing means putting in some machine stitching, hand stitching, extra needle felting or other embellishments to add extra texture and depth to a painting.

One of my favorite artist in this media is Moy Mackay

Her work is absolutely stunning and so inspirational. moy AFTER-THE-STORM-MM17_48-F88-X88CM-£1995-220x170moyMM18_43-HEATHER-VALLEY-GRAZING-220x170                             moy MM18_17-GRAZING-ON-WASH-DAY-1-220x170

These paintings have all been made using wool and other fibers. She creates such detail and texture in her pieces.

I just received her latest book The Art of Moy Mackay I have her previous 2 books and they were awesome but I am blown away by the detailed information in this book. I can’t wait to get into it and pick up ideas to finish my pieces and create some new ones! 🙂

Happy Creating!

Anita 🙂