Making the Mouse: A Timelapse Film
Three hours of needle felting condensed into one minute! Don’t worry, no mice were harmed in the making of this film!
What is needle felting?
Needle felting is an art form that involves using a sharp, barbed needle to tangle, compact and sculpt wool fibers to create 3D figures or 2D art work.
What materials do you use?
Wool, of course, is the main ingredient in all of my fuzzy creations! Nearly all of the wool I purchase is sourced from cruelty-free small farms and wool mills in the United States. I absolutely love animals, so I would never support any businesses that don’t take pride in their products and treat their animals with care and respect.
There are many different varieties of wool that come from different breeds of sheep, such as Romney, Merino and Corriedale. I also use fibers like suri alpaca, curly long locks from sheep and goats, and occasionally even mohair!
In addition to the wool, my fuzzies include wire armatures (wire “skeletons”), glass eyes, wool felt, polymer clay accessories and more!
How long does it take to needle felt a sculpture?
That entirely depends on the size and complexity of the project! Most of my mice take approximately 3 hours of needle felting, plus another hour or more to add clothing and accessories.
Larger projects (i.e. Santa Claus) can take days and days of work!
What's the difference between wet felting and needle felting?
Wet felting is a process that uses hot water and soap to bind the wool fibers together. This is a technique commonly used with 2D projects such as wool “paintings.”
Most of my creations are 3D and are needle felted, meaning no water is involved – just the barbed felting needles and lots and lots of stabbing!
Do you sell your fuzzies?
You bet! Right now, I have an Etsy shop where I sell my mice. However, many of my larger and more complex projects are either for my own personal collection or created on a commission basis for friends, family and collectors!
Do you take custom orders?
Where can I learn more about needle felting?
A quick search on needle felting will turn up countless kits for beginners, tutorials and more, but I can’t speak highly enough of Sarafina Fiber Art! Based in the United States, Sarafina not only sells amazing supplies and wool but also records the most fantastic video tutorials out there! Be sure to check them out on YouTube if you want to try your hand at needle felting.