Tuesday, July 17, 2007

needle felting

Fanny's holistic hoof care woman is very talented. She had mentioned to me that she enjoys needle felting...and I told her how much I desired to learn. So last week she brought her basket of wool, needles, and lots of encouragement.

The interesting thing I noticed was that the shape you are working on may start out kind of vague, but the more energy you put into it, the more clearly the work asserts itself. That is to say, as I started on this piece I didn't have a clear direction; and as it became more complete, this little woman let me know exactly how she wanted to look. Um, naked.

Confession: I've actually had all the materials for needle felting stored in my stash for oh, probably two years now. All I needed was a little encouragement; being a visual learner, it helped me tremendously to actually watch the process. Now I find it's a fast, fascinating and remarkably effective way to create. It's really fun!

The mushroom I purchased at camp; the puppy was my second attempt, and he totally charmed the little P., who went on to play with him for hours.

I guess everybody needs a friend. Even naked friends.


Blogger ellen said...

I'm not sure how I got here, but it's been a happy visit. I noticed the Bento book. I've had one called:Ekiben, The Art of the Japanese Box Lunch. It's absolutely gorgeous. (ISBN 0-87701-490-6)I did find a copy to send to my neice through Amazon. There are no recipes, but fantastic pictures. I thought you might like to check it out.

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