A friend has been telling me for weeks about how much she’s been enjoying the recent craft classes at the Milk Cafe in Glasgow. It’s a not just a fabulously friendly little cafe with tasty home-cooked food, it’s also a great social enterprise providing a venue for a variety of projects.
They’ve been running craft taster sessions, which obviously is my sort of thing, and this week I was finally able to attend.
This week the class was an introduction to needle felting. ?
Rather than doing 3D figures, as I have already tried, this was using the same processes but making flatter shapes which could be used for either brooches or Christmas tree decorations.
We started by using biscuit cutters to define our shapes. I chose a Christmas tree, thought it would be a simple shape to start with.
Started by making the base layer, in my case I mixed two shades of green to give some variation to the tree. Nina recommended starting the felting process around the edge to define the shape.
Once it had been felted, it was easy to add details starting with brown for the tree trunk.
Then I peeled the tree from the foam work surface, as you can see the roving fibres gets pushed into it giving a fluffy surface (useful if making animals)
However for the tree I wanted it flat, so worked the second side adding multi-coloured balls to make baubles, then finally a blob of yellow for the star – I think if I had more time I might have been able to make a really teeny star but this is a first attempt.
This is a really simple and effective technique and I already have a few projects lined up.
And so this isn’t just about me, here’s my friend’s butterfly and an acorn that Nina made in less than 10 minutes!
Must admit I’m looking forward to the next craft session in two weeks time.