This week the needlefelting needles have been prodding away at a furious pace. People seem to love it – it can get quite addictive when you begin to see the possibilities for adding detail to your creations. Between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday, 24th August with Makerhood at the Southbankcentre’s Village Fair by the River Thames in central London some 40 people (could have been more as I lost count) sat down at my table to make needlefelted ladybirds. They all had great fun and couldn’t believe that a little barbed needle could turn a pile of dyed sheeps’ fleece into a solid object. It just takes a bit of patience and concentration – anyone can do it, even those who feel they have no creative ability. You do have to watch your fingers though, as the needles are very sharp! 8 year-old Lewis found this to his cost, but he carried on bravely and happily completed his beautiful Ladybird. It was a moment to savour as he was so proud of his creation.
Finally, not technically a workshop, but at a large Bank Holiday family gathering at the home of keen kitchen gardener Penny, I found myself teaching the family’s youngsters needlefelting and not only was a Ladybird and a fieldmouse produced, but also some needlefelted carrots!!
Next needelfelting workshop will take place on 6th October at my Lambeth Open House weekend with Women of the Cloth. Details of all Open House weekend workshops to come.