Leah came for a private lesson on Sunday in order to finally satisfy her passion to learn to needle felt. (remember? I told you these things actually happen!) Many people want to learn to do 3-D needle felting, so they can make all the fantastic things they see in the needle felting books. I love teaching 3-D needle felting, but I always forewarn people these tiny characters take many hours to create. But, it's a great way to figure out how the barbed needles work, and how the fluff actually comes together and turns into an actual object.
We were set to make a bird on a nest, but as we began the lesson, and perused a few needle felting books, decided to change things up a bit. (One - ok, that would be me - One can only make so many birds on nests, before you are ready for that project to fly the coop!) We decided on Russian dolls. Leah did a marvelous job with her very first needle felting effort (the doll on the left, below). Wow, I was very impressed. These dolls measured about 2.5-3" high, and this picture was taken after we'd worked on the dolls for over 3 1/2 hours!
Needless to say, I haven't been able to stop working on Russian Dolls. I now have a "nested" set, and I love them! I have been posing them all over my house this morning, to my great delight....
Oh my golly! We are having an actual thunderstorm! (VERY unusual in San Diego) My lights just flickered, so I am posting this before the electricity goes out and I lose it for good. Happy needle felting :o)