Needle felting is always a fun adventure through the world of imagination. We just wrapped up our needle felting safari, and it was indeed a walk on the wild side!
It was lovely to meet new felting friends from around the Western U.S. They traveled many miles to enjoy a relaxing retreat at Nome Schoolhouse. It was an intimate group of four students, so we all got to bond through the fiber arts. In line with our safari theme, we each needle-felted a majestic elephant.
The students all had previous felting experience, but they’d never made anything of this magnitude. It’s definitely a challenge to bring the African elephant to life in miniature. When I first decided to host the safari, I wanted to help people celebrate Earth’s megafauna (giant animals). Needle-felting is a wonderful way to enjoy these incredible creatures at home — and learn more about their unique biology! I personally am absolutely fascinated by giraffes. I have needle-felted an entire herd by this point! (Psst — here’s my giraffe felting kit.)
At the recent needle-felting safari, we all carefully studied the African elephant’s unique features. It took some late nights of fervent felting, but all our students took home a beautiful elephant! (Want to make your own? Here’s my elephant course kit)
As the weather was so lovely, we needle-felted on the deck behind Nome Schoolhouse. We listened to Lawrence Anthony’s amazing book The Elephant Whisperer while we worked. This retreat doubled as a book club, as we enjoyed lively book discussions on our felting breaks!
Whenever we weren’t crafting, we were enjoying North Dakota’s natural beauty. We went on nature walks, enjoyed our local birds, and took a game drive out to see our sheep. In the evenings, we chatted around the campfire in the evenings. We also got in some girls’ time and did some shopping!
My heart was full after such a fulfilling and fun weekend with these ladies. I was so grateful to be able to share my love of fiber arts with them — and with all my Needle Felting Academy students!
Our next needle-felting safari will be on 1st – 8th September 2023 and will last the entire week! This will give us more free time to enjoy the great outdoors. We’ll take an afternoon and go canoeing, then to a winery. I’ll be scheduling the retreat soon. It will be limited in numbers, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement! Be sure to check out all the events coming up at Nome Schoolhouse. I can’t wait to see you!