Friday, August 17, 2012

Week #30 - Felting in the Wilderness

Last weekend I disspeared for a few days into The Wilderness Festival, which was by and far my best festival experience to date... So much good food, music, workshops, swimming, sunshine, and even a little two hour spa session to revive us before the final night of parties!

It was gorgeous, have a little look at some of the photos I took.

While in the wilderness my friend and I were lucky enough to stumble upon Emma Fountain's gorgeous tent and workshop space, and we took a nice quiet hour or so to learn the basics of needle felting. In just a small tent and canopied area, Emma created an amazingly welcoming and creative space where we were able to browse some of her work, look through the wide range of materials and get some crafty ideas of our own.  She certainly runs an amazing one-woman show, teaching both wet and needle felting at the same time, and teaching festival goer after festival goer through the entire weekend!

We decided needle felting was for us, and before long we were pulling, prodding and pricking our felt to make some small little creatures. My festival pal made a little turtle brooch and I made a stand along little sausage dog.

It was so much fun that by the time I was at home in festival recovery, I was already plotting a change of plans so that I could continue felting through the week...  and I decided that for week #30, I'd whip up a few little felt brooches, inspired by my weekend in the Wilderness.

Check out these little Matryoshka brooches, and this little squirrel friend brooch.

These little brooches will be auctioned off on e-bay for Macmillan Cancer Support as always, and I'll also be posting a little step-by-step Matryoshka tutorial for those who want to create their own.

Please stay tuned to the blog for updates as the auctions go live! (and please check out current auctions below.)


  1. These are so great! I love the squirrel too.

  2. These are so precious! The Wilderness sounds like the perfect festival.

    Also, I was at Making Things Club this earlier and when you told me about Lazy Crafternoons I said I'd heard of it- I didn't realise why but it turns out I was already following you!