Come along as we downsize and decorate our little retirement home in Coastal Maine. Travel back roads with us in our vintage "Casita" and meet amazing people along the way. Join me in the craft room as I learn, create, and repurpose. Follow along with me as I struggle to get fit and lose weight. But, most importantly, laugh with me as I stumble along into "geezerhood". Welcome to Applegate Lane!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Needle Felting 102: Dance Like Nobody's Watching
With my witch completed, I signed up for a second needle felting class with Kathleen Gerdes at Fiber College . . . this one on making a needle felted wall hanging rather than a 3-dimensional object. The class was called "Dance Like No One's Watching". Just the title alone made me want to sign up!
Here is our inspiration piece, Kathleen's dancing woman, kickin' it up in her red shoes!
The wall hangings can be made with tabs to hang on a dowel or branch, or with a hidden casing on the back for hanging.
There was no pattern - just the inspiration piece - so each of our completed dancing ladies was unique. After just three hours on a beautiful September afternoon, here we are with our finished products.
Here's my wall hanging; I'm really pleased with it. It's already living on my bedroom wall as a daily reminder not to take life too seriously . . . and dance while I still can.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." (in red shoes, of course!)
And here is Kathleen, who turned us into fiber artists in no time!
This is another of Kathleen's needle felted wall hangings. This one is on display at Port Fiber, a "laniferous and splendiferous fiberarts shop" in Portland, Maine, where Kathleen teaches.
And here we are, Kathleen and I . . .accidental neighbors here in Falmouth, and now, fiber friends!
If you've never tried needle felting, you might want to give it a try. . . so much fun and neither difficult nor expensive to begin. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.