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.
 
 
I hope you dance!
 
 
This post is happily linked to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show & Share Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
 Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do
 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. I think your dancing girl is beautiful! What a fun project.

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  2. Cheryl, I just love this! I want to try felting. I guess I'll try finding some info about how to do this and give it a whirl!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  3. Your post makes me want to find out more about needle felting... Pinterest, here I come.....
    Your dancing lady is divine!

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  4. I started needle felting a dog a few years back and never finished. I have so many unfinished projects. I need to drag my poor dog out of the closet and get him finished. There's not much left to do. I never thought to look at Pinterest for inspiration. Keep on dancing!

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