HOW TO NEEDLE FELT WITH LINCOLNSHIRE FENN CRAFTS
Creator of inspiring needle felting kits, workshops, tutorials and needle felted creations.
Lover of Yorkshire Tea, my dog (Gin) and all things woolly!
So what’s all the fuss about needle felting?
Is needle felting for you? Well of course it is but if you’re not sure then here are a few words of encouragement:
Do you want to try a wonderfully addictive new craft that has no limits, from absolute beginners to advanced crafters? Are you yearning to unlock your creativity and be inspired? Like myself, do you enjoy a laid-back approach to crafts? Does the thought of sewing fill you with dread but you want to be creative and don’t think you can be? Do you want time to yourself, away from the noise of daily life and routine, where you can completely immerse yourself in something creative? If your answer was yes to any of the above then needle felting is for you!
The positive reasons for taking up a craft are endless but what is all the fuss about needle felting?
The reason why needle felting has taken the crafting world by storm is you need just one thing, enthusiasm!
No tricky patterns. No sewing. No wires. No expensive fancy equipment.
You don’t have to be artistic or even creative and all you need is enthusiasm and a little time.
It is incredibly portable, light and requires very little space; just a needle felting kit of your own or, a stash of wool, foam pad, a felting needle and you are good to go.
And yes, you heard right, no sewing which was a huge draw for me; I don’t mind a bit of basic sewing but I leave the rest up to the experts.
Whilst I have always loved arts and crafts, there was never one that really grabbed hold of me the way needle felting did. Once I discovered it I have never looked back!
I really believe that crafts of any kind can help ease the mind and provide a welcome and important distraction from the ‘noise’ of our daily lives; for me that craft is needle felting. So, with my new-found addiction, and a yearning to share this fabulously addictive craft, I set about designing needle felting kits for absolute beginners and one or two for those with a little more experience. I currently have 19 characters to choose from so there really is something for everyone.
I have a real love of making hares, Robins and mice so you will find them in my needle felting kits as well as my ready made creations.
The blog came later but is really important for those who wanted to try a new craft and didn’t know where to start, or were just needing a confidence boost and some encouragement.
The joy and excitement you can feel at seeing a handful of wool transformed into a beautiful animal or sculpture, using just a barbed needle, is undeniable and I wanted to share what I have learned along the way. Usually with a cup of Yorkshire Tea in my hand.
I can be found most days in my home studio in rural Lincolnshire where all Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts needle felting kits and creations are designed and put together by myself, with a little help from my family. Although it must be said that my daughter only works for bribes! No unicorns and fairy helpers I’m afraid, just lots of Yorkshire tea!
My British wool used in most of my kits is of the highest quality and is primarily natural, undyed, and sourced locally from several family run businesses. At Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts we don’t outsource, and the small amount of Merino wool I use is ethically sourced from non mulesed sheep by my British suppliers. Wherever possible, I use recycled materials and packaging. I have an Organic hare needle felting kit which is fully GOTS certified.
Any British dyed wool in the kits is usually Shetland and I don’t use bleached wool.
This great craft has provided interaction with people from all walks of life across the globe and is incredibly rewarding. I am proud of my customer service which continues with many of my customers long after they have purchased their first felting kit and around 30% of my customers are repeat buyers; feedback doesn’t get any better than that! Actually, reviews are pretty good too…
I am always on hand for any ‘woolly’ advice and have a monthly customer gallery on my website, blog and Facebook page to show off all your lovely projects.
I ship worldwide so no one feels left out.
Workshops are held throughout the year between March and November.
Don’t strive for perfection at first attempt and embrace the happy accidents. Instead, strive for enjoyment, a sense of achievement and the rest will follow. Don’t let fear of failure (you know, the stuff we were taught in school that has stuck ever since) hold you back.
The only thing guaranteed is that we will always fail 100% of the things we don’t try!
Did I mention that needle felting can lead to compulsive creativity???
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Membership And Awards:
*Featured on the Chanel 4 series, ‘Craft It Yourself’. Well worth a watch if you can as it covers all manner of crafts presented in a modern setting, bringing arts and crafts bang up to date.
*Lincolnshire Show Ransom Cup: I was awarded this coveted trophy in 2014 for best content and craft display out of approx 300 exhibitors.
*Country Craft Association: Following strict assessment I became a member of the Country Craft Association; where myself and other like minded crafters, artisans and artists take part in country wide craft fairs, shows and workshops.
*International Association Of Feltmakers.
*The Campaign For Wool.
*Heritage Crafts Association
*Top 20 Needle Felting Blog 2018
If you got this far then thanks for listening
Who are we?
Me, Sandy. Every item and needle felting kit is designed, produced, made and put together by me at my home studio. I weigh, I bag, I print, I stick, I drink Yorkshire tea… You get the idea…No outsourcing whatsoever.
Reluctant teenage daughter: Assistant Between Studies. Only works for bribes. Hates wool!
Husband: Packaging artwork designer, chief printer and head critic! Actually prefers painting and tinkering with old bikes. Has a wool allergy…