So we are back in Oxford! I was lucky enough not to go straight back to work but go on a needle felting course with the lovely (& fantastically talented) Gretel from Middle of Nowhere at the Queen’s head pub in Eynsham.
Once we had a body
After scones it was ear and eye time (Gretel said this is the point they really start to get their own characters and she was definitely right). I decided to deviate from the orginal design again here with triangle ears (the making of which caused me many stabs in the thumb, I think they were worth it though).
Once both ears were on and lined up it was time for the eyes. We put pins in first to make sure we had the position right, then we joined the eyes to the side of the head with thread.
There was lots more stabbing to be done to get a smooth enough finish to add the white belly, I haven’t quite got the right finish yet so I’ll add my white at a later point but here are Gretel’s fantastic finished examples.
And she brought some other fantastic animals to show us as well.
The class ended with a bevy of beauties.
I really enjoyed my first attempt at needle felting and have Nutmeg the squirrel as the perfect souvenir.