Monday, December 12, 2011

Wooly wizardy



How is it possible to turn a ball of wooly fluff into the cutest version of a snowman possible? Wooly snow wizardry, with a small barbed needle, of course! My Smitten Snowman class showed the girls who wanted to learn needle felting how easy and rewarding it can be. With a lot of patience, and a deft eye, you can create beautiful soft sculpture with minimal tools, or experience. Take a look to see how things turned out!

We began with a lesson on needle felting tools, and the dos and don'ts about how to avoid stabbing yourself. Fortunately, we only had one minor stabbing incident, and one major one that happened to me (OUCH!) That is pretty much the number one thing we discuss in class. lol.

After our snowman shapes were created, some of us decided to give ours a cold tea bath, and laughed over jokes involving peeing too much tea (ok, I digress!) Here are the tea bathers sunning themselves dry...

We worked on making the base, and I heard many comments that the base took more work than the snowmen. See, I just knew you would all love the needle felting part so much :o) Everyone's base came out incredibly beautiful They were each a work of art, and I wish I'd photographed the bases before we attached the snowmen.

Here are the finished products, aka Snow Friends! (except for mine. He's the naked one on the left. I guess I was doing too much talking to keep up with everyone else!)
You were an amazing and talented group of crafting girls, and I enjoyed my day so much! Come and take a class from me again soon. I'm thinking up a fun project for Valentines Day...
Happy Holidays to everyone!
x, Val

11 comments:

Kathleen Maunder said...

Those snowmen are fantastic! Especially love the ones with the little birds on their heads. :)

Skye said...

Those are so adorable! I've been reading more and more things about felting and considering learning, but needles and I have a bad history. When I was getting into crochet and corking as a teenager I managed to visit the doc TWICE to have the needles removed because they'd become hooked into my foot - same foot both times about an inch apart >.< Once from kicking my bag and once from stepping on it. Kids have no concept of sharp pointy things and safety, what can I say? lol

Valerie said...

Thanks so much, girls! @Skye, your history with sharp objects sounds daunting, for sure. We'd have to find those silicone finger protectors for you, and make sure you didn't walk around bare foot :o)
x, Val

debb said...

Such cuties- seems like a great time!

Lori Anderson said...

I so so so love those snowmen.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What fabulous snow-people! Love the ones with the birds on their heads.

Renee G said...

I love the snowmen! I wish I lived closer to you or you lived closer to me so I could take your class!

One Woman said...

The Snow Friends are great!

Rose Red said...

Looks like you all had fun making your snowmen.

Valerie said...

Awww, me too Renee :o) Yep, those birds on top of the glitter snow cap just steal your heart, @Kathleen and @Pine! Thanks, @Debb, we had so much fun!
x, Val

Marfa said...

Wow...they all turned out so beautiful and yet each one is completely unique! I wish I was closer to you. Ohio is just not close enough.