I met Caleb, the son of my friend Ruth, a few years ago when I was teaching a needle felting class at a workshop event Ruth had organized. Caleb, then around 8, was fascinated with the supplies I was putting out for my class and asked if he could participate with the group. I said sure, found an extra kit (I try to bring extras for any class I’m teaching for just this reason), and after I went over Anna’s 3 Rules of Needle Felting, he was off!
He had so much fun creating with needle felting that day, and continued to needle felt in the months following. It is a very good thing that his parents are the owners of Little Hawk Farm Pygoras, and produce lovely fiber with their beautiful goats!
Flash forward a couple of years and I get an email from Ruth, telling me that Caleb had entered a fine arts competition with his school, and had researched, designed and needle felted a chickadee but needed some ideas for presentation. I offered a couple of ideas, and one of which was something that Caleb had thought of, and off he went again.
Caleb won Best In Show for his needle felted chickadee display! Here are some of his process pics and his award picture that Ruth sent me:
I am blessed to have been part of Caleb’s felting journey and, to be honest, that is the very best part of what I do. I love teaching others how to find their creativity through wet felting and needle felting, so much so that I’ve created a special community where I can not only teach you through video tutorials, but interact with you on the projects you are working on in your own felting journey. This community is called The FELTit Experience, and I’ll be opening it up very soon for new members!
Watch for more details to come soon!