Hey! I Felt That!
My Mom always tells me I should needle felt people in uniforms. A policeman, fireman and possibly a milkman. Truthfully, I have no desire to felt those subjects and milkmen don't even exist anymore (not the cute kind with the white suits and hats). Before I decide what the theme of my next art exhibit will be, I have to think hard about what will keep me inspired to felt an entire show. I've felted storybook characters, birds, dogs and 1920's swimmers. What next? As my skill level improves the options become great and ambitious. What are some of things you felt that are a bit out of the ordinary? Inquiring bloggers would love to know.
I've taught classes many times in my life for a variety of crafts but teaching needle felting is different. For the first time I am teaching something that I am truly passionate about and feel I have a solid grasp of. I first came to felting from an image that I saw on pinterest. It was the sweetest little mouse looking up at an owl. Up until 2 1/2 years ago, all I had been sculpting was giant Halloween sculptures and I wanted to sculpt on a smaller scale year round. The other perk was that it was not at all as messy as monster mud and burlap. Nobody in my area was doing it so I had to send away for all of my supplies. I am the type of person that when I get an idea, I need to act on it. I got online and bought supplies like a first time mom. I learned quickly that I didn't need half of what was recommended to accomplish my goals as a sculptor. If you are interested in reading more about my classes click here. All classes take place in Palm Beach County and must have a minimum of 5 participants.
This past December I participated in my first craft fair. My Dad is a professional artist, so I felt going in that I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. In the past I hadn't attended many craft fairs but instead Dad's art shows and thought...how different could it be? It was so much fun! I set a sales goal for myself and actually met it. It can be a viable option for felters wanting to sell their work. Here are a few things to know that may help make your experience more pleasant.
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Hope you found this post helpful. See below an image of my table and my elf Cason. Please visit my site often to read other posts regarding needle felting!
When I was in high school, my class had a Valentine’s chocolate sale in which a student could buy another student a chocolate heart and it would be delivered to them during homeroom. You could either choose to be anonymous or declare your love over the school intercom; point is someone was thinking when they came up with that very unique idea. That promotion, though so many years ago, inspired me to make a unique card with a felted heart that could be sent to as many Valentine’s as you would like. All you have to do is buy it and tell me who is getting it. It’s an unusual thing to receive which doesn't necessarily declare undying love but instead that you hold a place in the giver's heart. This type of Valentine can be sent to anyone you know, a sweetheart, a friend, a parent or a child will feel absolutely loved when receiving it. You can order one here. It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday which focuses on love. I wish it could always be Valentine’s Day.