I’m often curious about the origins of things – especially those that touch my world of needle felting! So today, we’ll take a trip back in time and ground you in the origins of the craft and how it came to be used for detailed sculptures like our animal creatures!

The Origins of Needle Felting

Felt from wool is considered to be the oldest known textile. Legend relates that nomadic people used to stuff their sandals with wool to prevent blisters and that by the end of their journey, the sweat and moisture felted it. Wet felting was born.

Needle felting is the process of interlocking wool fibers by “stabbing” it with a barbed needle. The barbs catch the scales on the fiber and cause them to tangle and bind together.

Of course, here at Bear Creek, we are about dry felting or needle felting as it relates to using a needle to achieve the desired results. Japanese culture made the “kawaii” style of needle felting popular and to felt in this way simply means to make the object cute and playful. Here we focus more on creating realistic 3-dimensional animals.

A Bit About Wool

European civilizations have been spinning and weaving wool since 10,000 B.C., and many believe that sheep were domesticated right after the dog to serve man. Britain is credited with advancing the wool industry as long ago as 1900 B.C.

British sheep farmers did much to develop the breeds we have today, carefully selecting for coat and hardiness, eventually settling into three main groups: short-wool and down; longwool and luster; and mountain and hill. 

Today, of course, the breeds continue to evolve, and those of us who own sheep, choose our favorites based on the role the sheep play in our lives. We now have a registered flock of Romney Sheep and it’s a good story about how sheep and needle felting came to change my life forever. I’m proud to say that all of our kits feature wool from my own farm.

Our Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy continues the tradition by introducing new lovers of wool and needle felting to the latest techniques and tools. Join us to get started or to take your craft to a new level!

Learn to Needle Felt the Easy Way!

Teresa Perleberg, Bear Creek Felting

I’m Teresa Perleberg

a needle felting sculpture artist, raising a flock of sheep and teaching others how to needle felt as well as sharing my farm experiences.

~Sheep, wool, farm-life, spinning, dyeing, knitting is what I love.

My mission? To help others learn to needle felt the easy way.

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Let me show you how you can easily create beautiful sculptures

by using the correct supplies and techniques

I have helped over 10,000 learn how to needle felt through my needle felting kits and even more who have received personal instruction from me through my Online Needle Felting Academy.

Now it’s your turn! I would love to help you get started today!

Join the Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy today!

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