When I went to the Crafts4Crafters show at Exeter Westpoint last thursday, there were a number of exhibitors selling materials and tools for Needle Felting. Now this is one craft I haven't tried (yes there are still some !) and despite being attracted by the gorgeous colours of woolly fleece on offer, I studiously ignored them all as I need to get hooked on another new craft like I need a hole in the head !
All was well during the day but when I met up with my pals for a coffee towards the end of our stay, I noticed there was one exhibitor (New Forest Mohair) who was offering free Needle Felting taster sessions. Again, I was able to resist temptation....... right up to the moment a couple of my pals went over to the stand and sat down to have a 'play'.
Well, you can guess the rest right ? Yes, of course I HAD to have a go myself and OF COURSE I wanted to do some more after I'd finished my taster session. You've guessed it, I ended up buying a starter kit, which was actually quite a reasonable price at just £4.50. I'm such a 'pushover' for anything new...ha..ha..
Here's a pic of my handiwork from the taster session - can you see the picture I created ? Well, in my world it is a seascape, sand at the bottom, waves, horizon, sky with clouds and the sun shining brightly as you move to the top. Can't see it ? - just humour me !
Here's the starter kit I purchased, see what a bargain it was ? After all if I'd booked on any of the workshops running throughout the day it would have cost £6 or more and this taster session was FREE (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)
OK, back to my card and how I created it. I cut a small square of the pre-felt (the base fabric you needle felt the fleece on to) and added the dyed fleece in stripes diagonally using all the colours from the starter pack. I sewed a purple button in the centre then glued it to a square of cardstock with two of the corners rounded. Finally I added a sentiment, using stamps from a Kaiser Craft set of words and definitions which I also bought at Westpoint, using Memento Sweet Plum ink.
WARNING ! it's going to get a bit 'deep' from here on folks.
I selected this particular word and definition for my sentiment as I felt it perfectly describes the creative process of designing my card and I love the shape of the word on the stamp - yeah I have been told I'm weird on more than one occasion. Do I care ? I took it as a compliment !
travelling from one place to another;
passage or progress from one stage to another;
the journey to success.
In creating the needle felted square the base materials travelled/progressed from one form/stage to another before emerging as the finished item. Let's hope my challenge entry is on a journey to success !
Hope you've enjoyed seeing something a little different today and thanks for taking the time to visit.