Project: Gerald the owl

Tosh calls everything Gerald.  It saves time, although the same cannot be said for confusion.  Thus, our first project for you is Gerald the Owl.  As time goes on, you may detect a theme…

Not high art, but he'll do.

Not high art, but he’ll do.

Gerald the Owl was my first ever needle felting project, subsequently inflicted on a friend as a gift.  Despite never stabbing wool in anger before, it was fairly easy to get something resembling one of those naive art owls which are so popular at the moment.  He’s definitely not high art, but I’ve got to tell you that needle felting is fabulous for de-stressing, and I plan to continue.

First, we’ll take a look at necessary and optional materials and tools. Continue reading

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Is your life lacking in glitter?  Do you feel that it can sometimes be, well, a bit dull?  Do you want to try out arty things but are not sure where to begin?

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Never fear!  We will bring you a small project each month to tempt you into an art or craft which could be completely unfamiliar to you (sometimes, it is to us).  But we won’t stop there; we will give you step-by-step instructions to create small projects in your spare time and give you some ideas on how to develop your new skills into something greater.  You will also find reviews of art and craft books aimed at beginners and improvers in various fields, links to online materials which have inspired us, and guidance on materials, tools, and where to get them.  Even if you are already good at art, it can be refreshing to try something new.  As our contributors show, we all have to start somewhere!

Our first project is a small needle-felted owl in completely unnatural colours which we hope will inspire you to try out a marvellously therapeutic craft which involves stabbing soft squishy things with sharp pointy things.