Thursday, July 29, 2010

First time needle felting

We recently received some beautiful wool rowing, and Kaleena has been asking and asking to do some needle felting, she has watched me do it, but I have been hesitant about allowing her to work with the sharp needles. Then the other day I came across a post over on Small Things, 5 little children needle felting, and felt inspired that now is the right time. So yesterday at the farm, in the heat of the day we retreated to the farm shack and pulled out the wool and needles. Keenan gathered sticks to make wands and Kaleena felted the starts for the tops. Meanwhile I braided strands of wool rowing to make the sweet head bands, and helped Kaleena felt the center piece.
First she stuffed the cookie cutter with wool rowing
and then carefully set to work with the needle


Here is her first ever needle felted star, she was so proud and happy with it, and now she wants to felt all the time of course.
I thought we would keep Keenan's head band simple, but when he saw Kaleena's butterfly centerpiece, he wanted one too, he then chose a heart. 
We attached the center piece with the needle, and the stars on the wands with hot glue.
Keenan brought his to gather eggs, and used it to keep the rooster away, he was very happy with how well the magic of the wand worked.
And here is  Kaleena's wand, she is running around with both her creations, even as I write this:)
~A wonderful thursday to you~

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful!
    I was planning to make a wand for my daughter's bday but wondered it if it would actually stay on the stick with glue???

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  2. These came out so beautiful!! My daughter has been needle felting safely, for the most part, since she was five. But, that doesn't stop me from cringing from time to time.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  3. How clever. I'm sure they will wear them and wave them with a joy. Lovely photos.

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  4. So wonderful! I think the star wand could be nice to do in the autumn for Michaelmas, but we may have to do them sooner, I really like this, and so sweet with the crowns.
    We love needle felting, though I too am hesitant with my youngest, now that she is 6 we have been doing a bit more.
    I look forward to seeing more beautiful wool creations now that you have gotten started!
    Renee :)

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  5. needlefelting is my most favorite craft! these projects you have created are very cute!!!! thanks for the great ideas!

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  6. This is such a beautiful idea and I know my girls would love it. Thanks for the inspiration (and gorgeous photos).

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  7. We've needle felted in cookie cutters before but never thought of making them into wands. Great idea!

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  8. awesome idea for the wands. the kids have been wanting to needle felt again, now i have a project
    thanks for sharing

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  9. What great photos and such a fun project- I love how you used cookie cutters-

    I found you via the Magic Onion- Here is my link if you are interested:
    http://ladyofthearts.blogspot.com/2010/07/beer-cap-art.html
    Have a happy weekend and nice to 'meet' you!

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  10. That looks beautiful! How fun that your kids can do it on their own!

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  11. beautiful job. I have never tried to needle felt but I REALLY want to. any suggestions on where to start? helpful tutorials, etc? They would be greatly appreciated.

    Blessings,
    Kat

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  12. Such happy colourful creations! We love needle felting too, though we haven't done it for awhile. You've inspired me to dig out the supplies and get to it :-)

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  13. Beatiful creations, cheers Marie

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  14. both my boys love watching me needle felt. we are going to try some welt felting this week and will probably blog about it. My eldest son (8years) made a teddy on his first attempt and i was so pleased with his finished item. he was so proud of himself and loves his little bear!

    Your childrens creations are wonderfull and i will be bringing out the cookie cutters for our next felting sessionj. thanks for the insperation!
    Pipxx

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  15. Kat,
    I will think of a really basic needle felting project, and share the process.
    I am still a novice myself. Basically you need the felting needles, one or two will do, a foam surface to felt on, and I find the cookie cutters are the best way to start, simple felt the wool, by continuously "needling" inside the cutter. It really is simple. It is lovely, I enjoy doing it by myself too, I have made some puppets that came out beautiful. There are books out there, will think on specifics. Hope that helps:)
    Warmly,
    Christina

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  16. I was looking forward to making some of the headbands as gifts and now that I've seen your wands I think we'll need to make some of those too. How fun! Love that last photo, it has such an uplifting feeling to it.

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  17. Lovely! Thanks so much for your wonderful blog and sharing the great activities and pictures!

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  18. Grace,
    They do indeed stay on very well with the glue, the hot glue that is.
    The children love them!
    Warmly,
    Christina

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