Saturday, February 25, 2012

Can a four year old needle felt?

Needle felting is a wonderful creative craft for all ages. Patterns are not required and a variety of cute items can be created. It only takes a few hours to create a small figure ensuring the opportunity to relish in the sense of accomplishment.
 
Actually I think my little one was 3 years old when Grandma introduced us to needle felting. Upon seeing the other girls in the house creating cute gnomes and figures she wanted to give it a try. Immediately I thought "NO! You will certainly stab yourself with that needle and it will hurt." Then I thought about it a little more. I poked myself, my 8 year old poked herself, Grandma poked herself.......... it hurt........ and then we continued needle felting taking more care not to do it again. So I gave her a needle and some fiber and she began.

Here are some Celtic people and a pumpkin she recently created.



If you are interested in trying needle felting you will need needles, a foam block and some fiber. I have purchased several items from Mielke's Fiber Arts, LLC.
Fiber Sampler - Purchasing a bag with small amounts of fiber of many different colors is a great starting point.
Needles - They sell a variety pack of needles here.
Foam Block - You could use the inside part of an old couch cushion, or get the
Needle Felting Kit - includes needles and foam block - no fiber.








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8 comments:

  1. Felting is very popular in England. We did it once at a home school coop but didn't use a needle. While we enjoyed it it was hard and took a long time, so my kids lost interest. I will have to look into the needle version of felting, maybe they would like that better

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    1. We tried wet felting and I found it a lot more difficult.

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  2. We tried wet felting with no success. Maybe I should give needle felting a try!

    Thanks for sharing at the Afterschool Blog Hop!

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  3. what an awesome skill! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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  4. this has been on my to do list for sometime. I'm hoping to try needle felting over the summer holiday.
    I have done wet felting and with the kids at school and it went well.
    http://strongstart.blogspot.ca/2012/02/wet-felted-eggs.html
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration.
    Maureen

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  5. We've been wanting to try felting! Thanks for sharing this:)

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  6. My girls like needle felting...my husband's aunt showed them how :)
    Thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources.

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  7. hmm... no but my mom just learned... mabe she will teach Buny! Thanks for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tueday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/01/eco-kids-tuesday-link-up-and-green-pops.html

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