A new reader, Kathy Gable, decided to share a craft that has not been seen on this blog before: needle felting.
When I went to Rusty Rocks Farm Alpacas in search of some yarn, there were needle felting demonstrations there, but I never really talked about them.
Kathy sent me several pictures and, in an e-mail, told me about what she does.
Kathy found that needle felting was her “thing” after she purchased a needle felting kit for a bird on Etsy, a website that is kind of like Amazon for handmade things. She said the craft was so easy and satisfying that she wanted to make some more needle-felted things.
Kathy wrote, “I had trouble finding wool locally until I found Cherie Mansberger’s stand at Central Market. She dyes and spins such delicious colors!”
Kathy then wrote, “I got a little more confidence, showed my sheep to Cherie and she allowed me to sell them at her stand. They were a hit! I started making other animals and got many requests for special animals, like a pangolin and a red panda. I entered a giraffe, a cow, a cat and two sheep in the York Fair. The giraffe won first place, the cow and sheep won second! This year I entered my first attempt at felting over a wire armature, a silky Yorkie, which also won first place!” Go Kathy!
Cherie’s yarn is now on sale at the Sunrise Soap Company on Beaver Street, and Kathy has moved her wares there as well. You can also find the Sunrise Soap Company and some yarn at the New Eastern Market on Market Street in Springettsbury Township. That was where I met the Sock Lady, who I’ll talk about soon…
Anyway, Kathy is planning on teaching needle felting at the Sunrise Soap Company in the summer, so keep an eye out for some needle-felting action. She has already taught two ladies from her church how to needle felt. One made animal toys and another made centerpieces for a wedding.
Needle felting uses one to three barbed needles to tangle dry wool roving and make three-dimensional sculptures. The barbs catch and move the fibers as the needles are jabbed into the roving.
When I think of felting, I think of the thing knitted wool does when you accidentally (or purposely) throw it in the washer on a high-agitation cycle. I never thought to make sculptures out of it! Neat!
To share photos of your crafts, feel free to e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll feature them on this blog!