Thursday, June 20, 2013

Needle Felting

It all started when I watched Bubzbeauty who is a youtuber who does videos on beauty related things. She took up needle felting and made tutorials on it. It was a really fun and interesting handicraft, so I decided to learn it too. I may not be good in drawing but I love doing crafts like how I used to love doing cross stitch. My sister found a source to purchase a starter kit and then I started experimenting. The kit was beautiful containing many different colors of wool, 1 foam board, 3 needles and etc.  My first attempt was to make a carrot but it failed badly.

My second attempt was making this mushroom below and I was inspired by pictures from Pinterest. It was tough because it took more than 1 hour and 30 minutes to make it. I poked my own finger once or twice and I crouch my back too much to have a better look at the process to avoid poking myself. The mushroom turned out well and I was motivated hence I ask my friends their favorite color and made one for each of them. The stems I made were too long and so the more you use the needle to poke it, the wool will tangle more and resulted in making it shorter. The more you poke at the wool the more dense it will be.

I also attempted to make a piggy head but failed miserably so I went to surf around Pinterest again which resulted in making the bunny below. Then I made a piggy too and it looked better than before. LOL. Also made some shapes with cookie cutters as a guide. 

Bought all these at Daiso Japan, has many colors to choose from and also kits.
Bought this at Kinokuniya bookstore
I really enjoy needle felting especially seeing the wool come into shape. It's definitely something that needs patience because if you fail just try again. Besides that, it's also a delicate handiwork when you work on small parts, the more details you want the more delicate it becomes. Needle felting has been around for some time now, and it's always been popular in Japan but lately it has become such a trend that even a bookstore like Kinokuniya sells kits. The kits are mainly from Taiwan with mandarin instructions which luckily I can understand. I hope to post some tutorials if not make videos too but I need to organize my environment to find a suitable filming place. I have been hoarding things on my desk and it's kinda  messy to be taking photos or filming videos now. If you really want to try some and watch tutorials, do visit Bubzbeauty 's youtube channel, just google needle felting and there will be helpful sites. Have fun and becareful not to poke vigorously.

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