Beginning Needle Felting Workshop

Led by fiber artist Lisa Haldeman, participants will learn the art of needle felting and create two fun projects – a pumpkin and a sheep.

Needle felting is a craft that involves repeatedly stabbing a needle into a piece of wool in order to stiffen and shape it into the desired form. A special type of needle is used to manipulate the fibers by repeatedly poking itself into the ball of wool. The tip of the needle features small barbed notches that allow the fibers of the wool to be moved towards the center of the shape without being pulled back out when the needle is pulled out. The more this is done, the more rigid your shape will become.

It is becoming a popular method for creating small animal figures since the texture of the felted creations resembles an animal’s fur. All materials are provided for the workshop, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles. No experience is necessary.

Instructor Lisa Haldeman is a self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years and has taught needle felting at Landis Valley Museum.

Workshop fee is $65 ($60 members) plus $36 materials fee. Preregistration is required. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

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