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My First Needle Felting Project
I had a birthday last week and one of my presents was this Dimensions needle felting kit. Needle felting is something that I've wanted to try for some time and this kit in particular is the specific one that I wanted because the monster is damn adorable.
Having completed the project today I can say that this was such a wonderful starter kit for me as someone who knew nothing about needle felting. It comes with everything you need and the molds are all reusable which means that you can make several of these little monsters, if you just purchase more (fairly inexpensive) wool.
I learned a great deal about needle felting from making my monster (I'll call him Lumpy) because there were multiple shapes to sculpt and multiple details to apply. Now that I know what I'm doing, I am confident in applying my new skill to a multitude of other projects.
The instructions estimate that the project will take between 8 and 10 hours. I thought that this must be some sort of gross overestimate but as it turns out it's almost an underestimate. I worked on the project for 4 days spread out over small pockets of time and I think it took me at least 10 hours (possibly more) in total to complete.
Lumpy isn't perfect but I'm really happy with how he came out. He stands 6 inches tall from feet to antennae tips.
Somehow his arms ended up too long so I pulled them off of his body, trimmed them down and reattached them.Then I used one of the bits that I cut off to make a tail, which wasn't part of his design. There is plenty of room for embellishment once you know what you're doing!
This kit is great for any needle felting beginner, child or adult and you don't have to be particularly good at crafts to pull it off. You do however need to have patience. The blobs will not take shape without a great deal of monotonous stabbing. I find repetitive motions in crafting to be extremely relaxing (like latch hook kits) so I really enjoyed the process.
One thing you must bear in mind if you are buying this for a child though, is that the needle tip is very sharp and you really need to pay attention to what you're doing. I stabbed myself a few times, but only drew blood once. :)
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If a fuzzy green monster isn't your cup of tea, here are a few more adorable kits from the same brand.
From what I can see, they also look more simplified than the monster kit.