Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Needle Felting For Relaxation

Tiff has a new passion - Needle Felting! She loves this art form and was inspired when I hosted two sessions about it at the Rethinking Everything conference in Texas this past fall. 

Being a highly sensitive person, this type of activity has really helped her relax when things get too intense for her. If the house gets to loud or busy, she can go up to her bedroom and sit for hours just poking the felt with the needle and follow her inspiration. Her best friend, Karson,  helped her with the chicken and monkey. Connecting through their mutual passion for dance and needle felt, Tiff and Karson spend all day sometimes, in her room following their bliss. They inspire one another and learn so much from sharing their passions! This is the heart of Unschooling!!

The repetitive nature of the craft is very soothing for a highly sensitive person. I am always amazed at what Tiff creates! She is so proud of her work and I love the joy that needle felting brings her.

"Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material.  Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material called felt.  Felting needles are used to entangle the fibers.  As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into place." 
(thank you Wistyria)


messyfish said...

nice one! a favourite of mine too. How cool is that chicken?!

Annette said...

My daughter loves it, too. After a while of super stimulating activity she will suddenly say, "I want to felt!" and just sit down and start poke-poke-poking. Nowadays I just leave the felting stuff sitting out! :)