While creating a mischievous nisse or a charmingly hideous troll, you’ll learn the basics of needle felting. (Needle felting uses barbed needles to sculpt the fibers of unspun wool into shapes.) You’ll learn how to fashion a metal armature; needle felt and attach shapes for arms, legs, and tummies; and finally add fun, finishing details like gigantic warty noses, curly beards, outlandish hairstyles, pink toes, Nordic sweaters and mittens—whatever you fancy! Plus, the techniques you learn will allow you to continue adventuring in needle felting after class. There will be a materials fee of $20 for felting surface, felting needles, wool, and craft wire. Feel free to bring extra for embellishment.
Coral Berge, St. Paul, Minnesota, credits her Aunt Alida, who always brought an art project when she visited, and her artist father for sparking her lifelong interest in arts and crafts. Some ten years ago she happened upon a needle felting demonstration and could hardly wait to try it! She has been needle felting ever since, winning numerous ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, including Blue Ribbons for a 12-inch Santa with faithful pal Rudolph, and a “Veterinary Snowman” with adoring patients Freckles the golden lab and Blue Boy the parakeet. Besides needle felting, Coral enjoys volunteering and teaching in an English as a second language program for adults in St. Paul.