I am going to point out that needle felting is sculpting. The tools are different, but the concept is the same. It’s how you approach the clay. I like to work with softer forms, create the features then felt it all down. Ears and eye brows would be added on later. Others prefer to create the hard shapes then join them. Either way works as long as you are comfortable with the outcome. Some people are realists and can capture every detail. Some people are more abstract so they tend to interpret what they are seeing. End effect: This is art, not science. You should create as you feel. Here are some recent samples from one of my new customers. Classes pending….
I am a firm believer that your hands follow your heart. Yesterday was a perfect example. I chose a color that irritates me. So no matter how hard I tried to create a dog face, my hands just couldn’t connect with the needle to the fiber. I ended up with a deformed angel fish with pink hair. It was ugly to me. However, to another they see something started. That was the point where I was ready to throw in the towel. Felting is similar to any hobby. If you find yourself getting frustrated SET THE PROJECT DOWN before you drop a stitch or poke yourself with that lovely heavy gauge needle.
Then there is the art of visualizing. Some people love to work with photos. I can do this. That’s how I created Rudolph. I downloaded an image and just worked it out feature by feature. Others need to have someone show them the technique. Every method requires patience AND I must emphasize that you focus on the process. Perfect doesn’t exist. So take your time and enjoy the process of creating your felted friend. I will add more to this post, but the shop is opening and students will be here soon.
In the meantime, look up “Animal Felt,” “Wool Pets,” and “Little Felted Animals.”
Have a great day!