This week I decided to give felting a try. Oh I've attempted it before but gave up after failing miserably to make a bear look like a bear. What was different this time; is that I was determined, really determined to make a bear look like a bear. So I gathered my felting books for a study and inspiration; viewed a youtube felting tutorial video or two or three; cracked my knuckles; ready - set - go! Oh yeah, this time my determination paid off; finally managing to felt a bear that looked like a bear; a funny looking one but still; unmistakably a bear. Let us rejoice!
..and it all started with a fluff of roving wool
|To start the body; I first rolled one end over using my thumbs (needle is for pic only)|
|Next, I folded the left corner over towards the center; holding it down with my thumb|
|Then rolled the end of the wool down; being sure that the folded left corner is tucked under|
|Now I folded the right corner towards the center|
|Then rolled the end of wool over; repeating the process until...|
|You get something that looks like a cocoon|
... and here he is....Meet Mr. Darby
...he's not perfect but he looks like a bear...yaaay! It was fun jabbing and jabbing and jabbing; seeing the cocoon shape slowly evolving into Mr. Darby. He is a wee bit on the soft side; just as I liked; with long skinny arms for hugging his cat; and a flat butt for sitting....
I discovered that I love felting; finding the process very calming. I supposed it's because it takes one's full concentration (no bird watching out the window); with a lot of hand action; jabbing, rolling, jabbing. I liken it to hand work; similar to embroidery; where you might sit by a window for light; with a cup of tea for an occasional sip; gently pulling your needle in and out of your cloth piece; slowly watching each stitch unfurl into something beautiful...or cute.
I know that more practice is needed. But I have to focus...on sewing first. focus : focus : focus