Here at Bear Creek, we love needle felting AND this sweet earth we get to call home! We’re passionate about how we can better this planet while enjoying our favorite hobby — needle felting!
Here are a few eco-friendly practices to keep in mind as you dive deeper into this craft!
Tip #1: Shop for Natural Fibers
There’s good news! Traditional needle felting in and of itself is already eco-friendly! Creating your own needle felted items out of wool is a green alternative to the use and purchase of synthetic fibers and plastics, which are toxic to our earth and those who create them. You can make so many amazing creations through wool needle felting — hats, bags, pillows, ornaments, and so on! So before you head out to buy a new ornament or hat or opt for synthetic fiber, ask yourself, “Could I make this myself with some nice wool and do ol’ Mother Nature a favor?”
Tip #2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Even though wool is a natural fiber and a better alternative to plastics and synthetics, it’s still important to always reduce, reuse, and recycle! Next time you’re about to purchase some new wool for your next project, double-check to make sure you don’t have any extra materials lying around that could work. Better yet, give some leftovers to a friend or family member who’s learning to needle felt — not only will they have a chance to practice on your spare wool, but you’ll also feel better knowing your scraps didn’t go to waste.
Tip #3: Check the Thrift Store
While it might not become your number one wool provider (we’ve got you covered on that!), you might be surprised by the fun materials you can find at your local thrift store! Each time you head to the thrift store to shop for something else, check to see if they have anything lying around, you could use in your next project!
Tip #4: Donate Your Needle Felted Creations of Old
While we all treasure and adore our needle felted creations for years to come, there might be a time when you’re ready to part ways with some of your items. Instead of tossing them into the trash, give them away to a friend or family member, or donate them to your local thrift store. Your junk might be someone else’s treasure!
Are you looking to purchase less and make more? Join The Bear Creek Felting Academy! Not only will you expand your needle felting skills, but you’ll also find an incredible community of artists eager to support you in your needle felting journey!