If you’re new to needle felting the hobby that shapes beautifully spun wool into intricate creatures with character, you might have bumped into a few myths that need debunking. Have no fear; I’m here to clear up the confusion and get you started on the right foot!
Myth One: I can’t learn needle felting on my own
Everyone is a beginner at some point – we all have to start somewhere! In creating Bear Creek, I wanted to foster an online community where needle felters could come together and learn from one another. To that end, there are plenty of online resources to help you in every stage of your journey.
We also have a Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy when you’re ready to join a community of supportive needle felters who are improving their skills while helping one another.
Myth Two: I need a lot of expensive supplies
Getting started in needle felting is very simple – you need only some wool and a felting needle. It really is that simple. Of course, some items will make your new hobby more enjoyable, such as a needle felting pillow, but you can add that later.
Many people are fearful when it comes to starting something new – even if it’s a hobby they are excited to try. However, when we are willing to learn a new skill, we can build evidence in our brains that we are capable of not only learning new things but become proficient with time. In no time, you will find that you are gaining confidence and reducing stress with this meditative hobby!
Myth Three: Learning something new is stressful
Many people are fearful when it comes to starting something new, and picking up a new hobby – even one to be enjoyable is no different. However, when we are willing to learn a new skill, we can build evidence in our brains that we are capable of not only learning new things but become proficient with time. In no time, you will find that you are gaining confidence and reducing stress with this meditative hobby!
Myth Four: My arthritic hands won’t let me
If you’re one of the millions who suffer from arthritis in your hands, there are steps you can take to ease joint and hand pain while you needle felt. First, limit the time you work on your creation. Crafters tend to get in the zone when working on a project and lose all track of time. Set a timer and heed its warning when it’s time to stop for the day.
You should always stretch your hands and body before, during, and after a needle felting session. The tightness that begins in your hands can travel up through your arms and into your shoulders, so be sure to loosen up. You can also adjust how you hold your needles or switch positions regularly.