Needle Felting With And Without Wire

I am often asked if wire is needed for needle felting, and the short answer is no. In fact I rarely use a full wire armature because I like a firm felt. However, using wire in specific areas can really help you create the shape you need, and create more detail and dimension.

Use it in the neck of a sheep so you can pose the head, or the horns and tail of an animal to create great shapes. If you want super thin legs or arms then wire is a great solution. Alternatively, make limbs around a BBQ skewer (the ‘farmers friend’ of needle felting), to create smooth legs and perfect symmetry in super fast time.

Watch the video tutorial, at the bottom of the post, from our Friday night felt along on the FACEBOOK GROUP, or follow the mini tutorial below, and you will be amazed at how professional the finished result is, even if you have never needle felted before!

Happy Felting!

QUICK TUTORIAL (scroll to bottom for video tutorial)

Make Time: Super fast! Approximately 20 minutes for both legs plus faffing time…

Materials:

  • Long lengths of wool top or carded wool.
  • Wooden BBQ Skewer.
  • Medium felting needle; 38 or 36 works well. Too fine a needle can break easily.
  • Soft base to work on.
  • A cuppa always helps.

The needle felting kit and pattern are available via the links below and you can join the new FACEBOOK GROUP HERE

PARSLEY HARE NEEDLE FELTING KIT or PATTERN DOWNLOAD AND PRINTABLE

LOOK, NO WIRE? Making Perfect Legs Around A Wooden BBQ Skewer

As I mentioned, if string is a ‘farmers friend’ then a wooden BBQ skewer is most definitely a ‘felters friend’. Never be without one as it will change the way you needle felt, drastically reducing the chore of hours spent smoothing and shaping.

This is super easy, but technique is important and you may have a couple of false starts as the legs need to be kept tight and narrow, but that’s ok. Just unravel and start again. When finished they will be firm and smooth and the last couple of centimetres will be built up for the feet/paws. TOP TIP: Remember to keep the top of the legs very loose as they will be attached to the body and should look like they are part of the finished project, not just stuck on.

Let’s get going!

1 Select a length of carded wool or wool top/roving and split down the middle. This means that both legs will use equal amounts of wool and sizes will be more or less the same.

2 Start to wrap the wool tightly around the skewer, starting close to the top of the stick. TOP TIP: Keep the wool flat between your thumb and finger so the wool doesn’t twist and become lumpy and uneven.

3 Keeping the wool tight, continue for a little way then stop and felt around the entire area to secure. TOP TIP: Work at a diagonal angle around the sides of the stick keeping hold of the wool so it doesn’t become loose. If it does, unwrap and start again. This will also avoid bending or breaking the needle.

4 Continue with the process until the leg is approximately two thirds of its final length (you will see why when you remove it from the skewer) and add more wool to the foot to widen it. Continue to felt and shape the foot until it is firm. TOP TIP: A foot/paw that is significantly bigger than the rest of the leg will have more impact when your project is finished.

5 Remove from the stick and felt a little more but avoid the top of the leg as this needs to be kept loose for attaching to the body. TO TIP: Don’t worry if the shape is not perfect as you are going to fix that in a moment.

6 You are now going to roll the leg firmly in your hands to firm and smooth it, which will also lengthen it. When you do this keep the top of the leg sticking out, so the wool remains loose. In just a few seconds of firm rolling you will see how the leg has really firmed up and become even smoother without the need for any wires. TOP TIP: Don’t over roll it as it will become longer than needed.

Here’s what some of the fabulous Facebook group have been making and it’s a great technique that can be adapted to almost any project.

I was blown away by the quality, personality and individual styles of the projects from the FACEBOOK GROUP members and the feedback has been so good!

VIDEO TUTORIAL – Felt along with me!

Join The New Needle Felting Group!

THE LINCOLNSHIRE FENN CRAFTS FACEBOOK WORKSHOP AND EVENTS GROUP IS NOW OPEN!

It’s completely free and as a member you will benefit from exclusive access to my free live workshops, all in one place, including all previous workshops. I hope this group will inspire and develop your needle felting confidence (whatever level you are at) and encourage others to get involved, in a more private space. You will also be able to comment and share your WIP creations during and after the live workshops and ask for help and support from myself or other members. 

Whilst the group will be primarily for live workshops events and updates, I will also be dropping in with some impromptu live sessions sharing needle felting techniques, quick wins and ideas. You can also drop into the group anytime to access all the tutorials in one place as each will be available to view after the event. It’s pretty busy in there some come meet the flock and put the next live workshop date in your diary.

P.S Click below to join. It’s completely free and a great way to enjoy some creative community in a more private space! Let’s start 2022 as we mean to go on? Creatively! 💗

WHAT’S COMING UP?

Don’t miss the first live workshop on Sunday 13th February, 2pm GMT. Details are on the Facebook group events page HERE

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Sunday 13th February, 2pm GMT

Needle Felted Gnome In A Dome Tutorial

Well what a blast this live workshop was, recorded in all it’s festive glory for you to enjoy. From his pointy ears to his massive snozzle, every part of this project is an absolute seasonal delight.

Believe it or not this gorgeous pointy eared gnome is a perfect project for everyone, even complete beginners. Learn all my needle felting tips and quick wins to create a project that looks like it was made by an expert needle felter, and in less than 90 minutes!

Scroll down for video tutorial.

I have added some sparkly fairy lights to my dome.

It is small enough to pop in a dome, hang from your tree, or create a festive gnome garland. I have just received a photo on my Facebook page where they have even been made as little place settings for the dinner table; how Christmas cool is that? However you display yours, you will have so much fun creating them so, time to grab your wool and needles and get making.

With his festive hat askew, funny ears and big nose, it is obvious he is just waiting for mischief around every corner , even the Grinch couldn’t resist him!

JUST STARTED NEEDLE FELTING?

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MAKE TIME: 70 minutes

  • Coarse wool top for the body
  • Colour carded wool for the hat
  • Grey and white wool top for the beard
  • Light carded wool for ears and nose
  • BBQ skewer to make the nose around
  • 1 x size 38 felting needle
  • Felting base

VIDEO TUTORIAL

I have split it into sections so you can skip the intro and cut straight to the felting, but please take time to appreciate my fabulously festive background 😉 🎄

Happy Festive Felting!

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Autumn Wreath DIY Tutorial

Create stylish autumn/fall décor with this beautiful DIY needle felted autumn/fall wreath which is incredibly easy to make, and ideal for any ability. Super easy needle felted pumpkins and acorns will make this project a breeze, even for the most nervous of beginners. See below for video tutorial, materials list, wool bundles and kit.

MATERIALS LIST:

  • Seasonal wool tops and carded wool for your pumpkins and acorns
  • Acorn caps
  • Wooden skewer for shaping acorns
  • Natural jute ribbon
  • Natural vine wreath
  • Felting mat and needles

SHOP PATTERN, WOOL AND KIT

P Is For Pastel Pumpkins

Pretty pastel pumpkins are a lovely alternative to the traditional colour scheme and this cool wool palette is perfect for winter décor.

Watch The Video Tutorial

Have a question?

I love questions so feel free to message me!

Improve Your Needle Felting Techniques

Parsley hare is one of my favourite hare designs and, with a touch of whimsy and a dash of folk art, you can’t fail to be charmed by him. This is such a great project that is perfect if you want to build on your existing needle felting skills. It’s a project that requires some previous experience of needle felting and assumes you have completed at least two beginners needle felting projects.

The ‘Magic’ Tool

Everything is made around a wooden skewer (apart from the ears) and is the tool that no self respecting needle felter should be without. If you haven’t used one before it is a complete needle felting revelation and you will wonder how you ever managed without one. It is also a great way to make perfect needle felted balls and acorn shapes in just three minutes.

Banish Saggy Legs Forever

Using the wooden BBQ skewer negates the need for using wire but still ensures that you have really firm body parts.

Create A Perfect Finish

Using this technique also allows you to get great symmetry, with ease, and a beautifully smooth finish. You can also create a perfectly shaped head every time, no lumps or bumps.

The Wool

Use a good coarse wool top or, as I have done with mine, use carded wool in long lengths.

Materials List:

  • Coarse brown wool top or long carded lengths
  • White accent wool
  • 1 Felting needle – size 38 is a good all rounder
  • 1 Wooden skewer
  • 2 Beads for eyes
  • Lace ruffle
  • Felting mat

The needle felting kit, wool and accessories can be found on the Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts WEBSITE and the kit comes with everything you need including the lovely antique style ruffle.

Video Tutorials

Below are five step by step, easy to follow video tutorials. If you prefer to work with written instructions the pattern is also available for instant download HERE

Happy Felting!

Video Introduction

 

Video 1 – Body And Head

Video 2 – Legs

Video 3 – Ears

Video 4 – Putting It Together

Easy Needle Felting Projects – The Pumpkin Edit. What’s your style?

Craft your own seasonal happy space with a needle felted pumpkin or two, or three, or fill the whole house (as I do) with these glorious DIY projects that will take us into autumn/fall and beyond.

Make pumpkins with personality using carded wool or wool tops

Scroll down for video tutorials

I am a firm believer that pumpkins are absolutely not just for Halloween and I have you covered with three pumpkin tutorials that will take you right through September to December and Christmas. Yes, of course there’s a Christmas pumpkin!

If you are nervous about starting needle felting then this is the project for you!

Not only are they fabulous needle felting project but, they are also one of the quickest and easiest needle felting projects to make, taking a mere 30 minutes! They will add instant impact to any room, and are impressive seasonal gifts for friends and loved ones and, If the weather permits, they look wonderful on an outside dining table or strung as a garland from a tree or deck.

Keep it simple or go for all out bling and glamour. Go traditional or opt for a style that the cast of Frozen would be envious of. Whatever your style, there really is a needle felted pumpkin for everyone and no needle felting experience necessary; just a few needle felting supplies and a big dollop of enthusiasm.

There are three video tutorials to choose from – traditional, fire and ice and winter wonderland – and you could have all three made in just 90 minutes!

I have popped a materials list above each one but these are just suggestions and anything goes. Don’t worry if you haven’t any carded wool as there is also a tutorial using wool tops. See I told you I have you covered!

Happy creating and I would love to see your pumpkin photos to add to the community gallery. You can email them to me at: info@lincolnshirefenncrafts.com or send them to me via my FaceBook page.

Do you need wool or supplies?

Links for kits, wool and needles are also below or SHOP WEBSITE

1 NEW! FIRE AND ICE PUMPKIN

Shop wool and kit

Materials

  • Core wool
  • 25g carded wool bat (fiery orange/red)
  • Bright white wool top
  • Natural white tussah silk
  • Silk waste (for cobweb/ice effects)
  • Wooden skewer to make stalk
  • Acrylic beads

2 TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN

SHOP WOOL AND KIT

Materials

  • 25g orange carded wool batt
  • Core wool
  • 5g approx. Mustard wool top for leaves and stems
  • 1 x Felting needles (size 36 or 38 is a good all rounder)
  • Felting mat

3 WINTER WONDERLAND PUMPKIN

SHOP WOOL

Materials

  • 25g White, grey or aqua carded batts
  • Core wool (for centre of project)
  • Beads and silk for embellishments
  • 2 x Felting needles in storage tube
  • Felting mat

4 USING WOOL TOPS/ROVING

SHOP WOOL AND KIT

Wool colours

  • Assorted wool tops – autumn/fall colours
  • Core wool
  • 1 x Felting needles (size 36 or 38 is a good all rounder)
  • Felting mat

Show Stopping, Stylish Needle Felted Pumpkins

It’s coming to that time of year again and oh yes, do I have a treat for you!!!

If you have been following the blog for a while then you will know how much I love, love making pumpkins and I get a real kick out of coming up with new designs, and this years will not disappoint!

I am talking about a show stopping pumpkin that wouldn’t look out of place in a John Lewis advert or a Homes & Gardens feature. What’s more, it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish which is another reason I love making them.

This bold fire and ice style uses beautiful silk fibres and wool tops for contrast and effect, finished off with a string of fiery beads for a touch of glamour.

The video tutorial and materials list are below and you can purchase the wool bundle on the WEBSITE which includes everything in the materials list.

CLICK HERE FOR WOOL BUNDLE

MATERIALS LIST

You will need:

  • Felting needle (size 36 or 38 are good all rounders)
  • Felting mat
  • Core wool
  • Carded wool bat (fiery orange)
  • Bright white wool top
  • Stripy wool top with a silk blend
  • Natural white tussah silk
  • Silk waste (for cobweb/ice effects)
  • Wooden skewer to make stalk
  • Acrylic beads

VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to make a needle felted cactus

Hi crafters and felters

Create this needle felted cactus in a terracotta pot or tea cup; the perfect place to store your felting needles or to use as a pin cushion.

A fabulous , prickly project which involves several needle felting techniques including a soft sculpture base, using a wooden skewer to create perfect shapes, and letting your creativity run wild with the vibrant  flowers the cacti produce. Adding the spikes is a soothing and therapeutic process in which they can be added randomly or, if you love a bit of symmetry, placed in straight lines down each cactus arm.

The light blue/green cactus is based on my favourite cactus, the PILOSOCEREUS

As always, I spend a lot of time during the design process, creating projects I know you will love whilst carefully choosing the wool and fibres to suit the finished piece.

You will Need:

  • Core wool
  • White and green carded wool or wool tops
  • Wool tops for flowers, various colours
  • White wool top for spikes
  • Pot or cup to stand it in
  • 1 x wooden BBQ skewer or similar

Cactus needle felting kit can be purchased HERE or download the pattern HERE

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Don’t worry if you haven’t got Facebook as my video tutorials are also available on my YouTube channel

It also makes a great felting needle holder or pin cushion.

It also makes a great felting needle holder or pin cushion

Live needle felting workshop

Join me on the 25th June at 7pm (BST) for a live workshop where we will be making the June project of the month. Learn how easy it is to paint with wool (absolutely no drawing skills required) and we can create together. The North Sea Coast is one of my favourite places and my dad was a Hull lad who used to love walking along the old fish docks with its stunning views of the Humber. It may be no tropical beach but what it lacks in glamour it makes up for with drama and attitude! I have popped a list below with all the wool and fibres I will be using so you can raid your own stash, or you can visit the website and buy the fabulous wool and specialty fibres and beads box I have put together, including your pre-felt – which will be your canvas – plus a downloadable pattern.

I can’t wait to enjoy some community creativity with you! If you don’t have any wool then you can purchase the wool and fibre bundle HERE

LEARN TO PAINT WITH WOOL!

This is a great project that only takes a couple of hours. It is really easy and you don’t need any drawing skills at all. I will show you how to put together this dramatic seascape so you can then go on to create your own needle felted pictures. Follow me on FACEBOOK for updates

WHAT DO I NEED?

If you are already a needle felter you can use any wool scraps (carded or wool tops) you have in your wool stash. Scroll down for materials list. Tea and cake optional but highly recommended!

NEW TO NEEDLE FELTING?

SHOP WOOL AND FIBRE BUNDLE

If you are new to needle felting then the complete wool and fibre bundle is available on the LFC website. As well as all the lovely wool you see here it also comes complete with pre-felt, beads, silk throwsters waste and hand dyed locks. Needles and mats can be purchased separately. There is enough wool to complete a couple of full size pictures or lots of little ones.

ASK ME ANYTHING?

As well as felting along with me live you can ask me any questions on needle felting, or anything else for that matter.

MATERIALS LIST

You can use wool tops, carded wool, or both and this is a perfect project for using up scraps of wool. I have also used beads, silk tops and silk throwsters waste for embellishment but anything goes. The picture can be made with just one felting needle and it’s also a good project to try out those multi tools. Don’t forget your pre-felt or flat piece of fabric to felt onto as this will be your canvas.

If you don’t have any wool then you can buy the whole wool, fibre and embellishment bundle over on the website. This also includes your pre-felt which will act as your canvas.

See you on the 25th. Happy felting!

June needle felting project of the month!

PAINTING WITH WOOL SEASCAPE

Scroll down for video tutorial.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to join the LFC Felt Club so you don’t miss any new tutorials.

Make time: 90 minutes

Skill level: Easy

I have had lots of requests for needle felted picture ideas, picture kits and a project of the month so I am kicking June off with all three. If you already have the wool then you can watch the video below.
North Sea Coast is inspired by my Yorkshire upbringing, not far from the coast, and my dear dad with his roots along the Humber. Those of you familiar with the North Sea Coast will know not to expect golden sands and palm trees. The North Sea is moody and has real attitude which is what I have tried to convey in this project; slightly abstract and full of texture! However, this is just my take on it so feel free to add artistic licence, and a palm tree or two, if that’s the vibe you want. There’s no rules and it’s your project, not mine, so just go for it!

If you don’t have any wool, fibres or needles you can SHOP HERE on the website for them.

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

A complete wool pack with all the wool, silk fibres, plant dyed art yarn and embellishments you see in the photographs, as well as a piece of Shetland pure wool felt which will be the base of your picture. This also includes a downloadable and printable pattern.
The accompanying video is also available so if you are a complete beginner, or don’t need any wool or fibres, you can felt along with me.  I may also do a Facebook live if time allows so we can hang out in real time.

Picture Size

It really doesn’t matter. I have used a piece of Shetland pre-felt approximately 25cm x 25cm but have also used a much smaller piece to pop in a frame. I can also see this on the front of a greetings card to sell or just give to the besties in your life. Any piece of flat felt will work as a canvas for your picture, just make sure it has a good amount of wool in it and isn’t just acrylic felt.


I know you are going to love this project so make sure you SUBSCRIBE BELOW to join the LFC Felt Club.

Happy Felting and don’t forget your life jacket!

WATCH VIDEO AND FELT ALONG WITH ME

Needle Felted Macarons In 15 Minutes

These needle felted Macarons will be the most fabulous calorie free cakes you have ever had. My no fail needle felting recipe will have you filling plates and making summer garlands in no time. Each macaron takes a mere 15 minutes to make and all you need are a few scraps of wool and a bucketful of enthusiasm!

It is the perfect needle felting project to kick back and relax with and, if you are a nervous beginner, then this super easy needle felting project has your name all over it. Just imagine a few garlands of these beauties swinging in the summer breeze. The perfect garden party décor and wouldn’t they look brilliant with my bumble bee garland? Video tutorials for both are below.

Happy Creating!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Scraps of carded wool
  • Core wool (optional)
  • Felting needle
  • Felting base

Yummy Macarons

Busy Bees

Needle Felted Mini Bunny

Mini Bunny needle felting video tutorial – for even the most nervous beginners. With supporting printable pattern download on the website.

This is the easiest of easiest needle felting projects, only takes around 30-40 minutes and is just a whole heap of relaxing fun. Whether you are a nervous first time needle felter/crafter, just want to have some relaxing creative fun or want to fill the house with gorgeous handmade bunny decorations, this is a great project. The process and technique for this pattern is really easy and straightforward. Your secret weapon is the BBQ stick you will be using which makes creating the body shape so much easier and super fast. It really is the needle felting tool you never knew you needed but was in your kitchen drawer all the time.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed making these because cute and cartoony normally isn’t my thing. But, it seems I am a cute and colourful convert just because of how relaxing it was and, there’s no denying, those pastel colours are pretty lush. Even as a seasoned needle felter it is incredibly satisfying to complete something quickly and easily, knowing what the end result will be, and then repeating the process again. I was completely focused and really just felted away in quiet contemplation. There is something immensely calming about creating simple projects and repeating a task – part of the human psyche I guess – so much so that I ended up making four of them and will be making more for an Easter garland.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Needle felting wool – Approx. 5g, any type or colour.
  • Standard felting needle – size 38 is a good all-rounder.
  • Wooden BBQ skewer (or similar) for shaping
  • Felting mat

Click HERE for the downloadable pattern at a special price of just £1.50.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

CLICK FOR PATTERN DOWNLOAD

MORE SPRING/SUMMER MAKES

For more easy spring and Easter makes just follow the link below and grab yourself some more calming creativity.

You can make a needle felted garland in around 90 minutes – including bumble bees – and the bumble bee brooch will take just 30 minutes.

CLICK FOR SPRING/SUMMER MAKES

Video Tutorials – Needle Felted Animals and Characters

Work alongside me and make these fabulous needle felted characters, step by creative step. I have split the hares and sheep and Highland Cow into several easy parts so you don’t feel overwhelmed plus there’s plenty of time for tea and cake breaks. Put the kettle on and enjoy!

All needle felting kits, wool and accessories are available at: Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts

NEW! BUMBLE BEE BROOCH

HARES AND SHEEP

HEDGEHOGS

HIGHLAND COW PARTS 1-6

NEEDLE FELTED PUMPKINS IN 30 MINUTES!

NEEDLE FELTED MUSHROOMS/FAIRY HOUSES

WINTER WONDERLAND PUMPKINS

PERCY PENGUIN

NEEDLE FELTED TOMTE GNOMES

LIVE WORKSHOPS

I love to keep you entertained with live workshops. They are a lot of fun so make sure you subscribe for notifications as I get to answer all your questions.

LIVE FAIRY WORKSHOP

LIVE GNOME WORKSHOP

LIVE SNOWMAN WORKSHOP

Bumble Bee Brooch And Garland

I don’t know about you but I am desperate for Spring. What am I talking about?? The whole country is desperate for the new season so we can get back into our gardens and forget about world events for a while. Crafts of any kind, whether that be needle felting, sewing, knitting, flower arranging, gardening, are more important now than they have ever been but there is nothing like the spring sunshine to get our hearts fluttering. Even better though is crafting in the Spring sunshine and I have just the project for you.

LET’S SPRING INTO CREATIVITY

I have put together an easy video tutorial showing you how to create this fabulously fuzzie bumbler and all you need is wool, a felting needle and a BBQ skewer… A BBQ skewer you say? Trust me, you will wonder how you ever managed without one in your felting tool box!

VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE

The whole project should only take around 45 minutes and you will get faster the more you make. Pop on a brooch back and you have the loveliest accessory or gift for Mother’s day and I can’t think of anything nicer to adorn a jacket, scarf or hat than a unique piece you have made yourself.

What’s better than a handmade accessory?

Make half a dozen and you have a beeutiful (had to get that in somewhere) Spring display, garland or cute mobile.

I have also put together a BUMBLE BEE WOOL PACK to create two bees which includes two brooch backs and a BBQ skewer. Available on the WEBSITE

Don’t forget to tag me in you project photographs @lincolnshirefenn and, if you’re not on social media you can email them to me at: info@lincolnshirefenncrafts.com I love adding photos to the gallery!

The stunning felt flowers are by talented creator Yuki at The Tsubaki. Her shop is so worth a visit! THE TSUBAKI FELT FLOWERS AND GARLANDS

Thanks for stopping by and happy felting!

Learn to needle felt a Highland Cow

So excited to tell you that Heather The Highland Cow Needle Felting Kit is now available on the website. Over  3,500 words, 90 full colour photographs, lots of different techniques and a whole load of Highland, what’s not to love. If you don’t need the tools it is also available as a wool refill pack.
You will learn how to create long fur, wrap wire around pipe cleaners for perfect shaped legs and stability, build up the head and body to create that typical highland chunkiness and create those beautiful finishing touches. Every part is needle felted and no need for any glue. It’s just you, your needle and lush British wool. BTW, the wool topcoat is a Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts specially dyed Shetland, only available from yours truly; not to orange and not too brown.

VIDEO TUTORIAL – Links below.

Not only that, but the full video tutorial is now live on my YouTube channel and it is epic and no needle felted stone has been left unturned. Just grab your wool and felting need and join me on YouTube for a workshop style tutorial. It’s in 6 parts so you can work methodically with me through each step. I have put them in a playlist so each step starts after the previous, working towards the finale of the fabulous top coat!

Highland Cow video tutorials; parts 1-6

I always approach a new kit and video tutorial as if the person using it has never heard of needle felting and is new to crafts making it accessible to as many people as possible. And, let’s face it, crafts now more than ever are a great coping mechanism when life gets a little too much. So add some creativity to your list of self care tools. All my video tutorials are free so if you have a handful of wool and a felting needle just find a project and make something, if only to lighten the mental load for a while. 

Before and after. Ta-Da!!!

COMING SOON!

Two more needle felting kits and video tutorials; whimsical hare and forest folk. I can’t wait!

Stay safe and happy felting x