MAKING FELTED FRIENDS

I know I have been talking a lot about felt lately. I suppose that is because I just discovered it's versatility. A while ago (back in May) we had a day that called for some brightness and adventure, so we went exploring. The kiddos and myself found ourselves at Fancy Tiger Crafts, a boutique craft store in Colorado. Open to some happy distractions we picked up a few treats to work with. I am not one that gets excited about kits in regards to art and craft, but one kiddo was especially drawn to these felted animal kits. 

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This little box came with all the material and the tools to make a felted animal, so I obliged. It came with instructions to make one large one, or two small ones. This kiddo wanted to make 2! 

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The tools are pretty basic: the felting needle, a foam block, a toothpick, and the felt. This was a good opportunity to talk about needle safety, since you work closely with the felt, and the needle making these little creatures. 

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First Whale

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Second Whale

These are a little less rotund than the example photo on the box, but charming little sea creatures none the less. Somehow there was extra black felt, so these whales got a little hair do. This sparked interest in making more, so we have been looking at this book Wool Buddies by Jackie Huang for some inspiration. I am sure there will be more soft creations on the horizon!