Needle Felting is an art form that allows you to create amazing and adorable sculptures with character and detail.
Getting started in this craft can be very frustrating however if you don’t know all the techniques and how to source the best materials. There are many options to consider and techniques to learn, most will give up this amazing craft because they don’t know why their sculptures aren’t turning out like they want.
The Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy offers the support and direction you need to thoroughly enjoy the process of needle felting because you are using the right materials and tools plus utilizing many time saving secrets. You will be amazed at what you can create with Teresa as your guide. Imagine your satisfaction when you complete an amazingly detailed and structured creation that will make everyone that sees it smile.
The Needle Felting Academy is a membership community offering you access to an ever growing variety of VIDEO Courses that will show you how to needle felt the BEST sculptures you’ve ever felted.
Plus, new content is added on a regular basis.
“Teresa, I have just finished your Elephant course. I can’t tell you how much I have learned watching and listening to you in your videos. Prior to joining your Needle Felting Academy, I was felting simple animals such as penguins and bears that looked more like children’s toys. Being able to rewind and replay the videos has allowed me to felt to such an incredible anatomical detail that my elephant looks like a statue! I can’t wait to start my next project with you! I am so glad I found your website!”Lisa Parisi
In 2006 we began raising sheep on our farm in North Dakota with the intent to use their wool for spinning into yarn to feed my passion for knitting with natural fibers. Shortly after purchasing our sheep I was introduced to Needle Felting and was completely hooked and haven’t stopped since. I have always enjoyed creating things but did not realize I had any artistic talent until I found wool and needle felting.
I began selling my needle felted sculptures online and soon after developed needle felting kits so others could learn this enjoyable craft as well. Since I started selling online in 2008 I have helped over 10,000 learn to needle felt with my kits.
I began receiving requests for more in depth classes on how to make more detailed sculptures and that is where the idea for the Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy was born.
“I think this is the best resource available for needle felting. The expertise, explanation, and resources available are outstanding. Teresa provides step-by-step instruction with videos for each item and the format allows you go at your own pace. If you have a question or want feedback, she will provide it. She encourages you to share your work and if you upload a picture of your work, she provides reviews and offers direction and suggestions. The cost of a one year membership is less than I have paid for one instruction DVD for one felting project.”
“I’ve been needle felting for a couple of years. I’ve started projects then abandoned them because I couldn’t figure out how to finish them or get the results I wanted. I joined the Academy so that I could hopefully learn some new techniques. I only took one course so far and I think my investment has paid off. I love the step-by-step directions and the finished products look so professional. The techniques I’ve learned I can apply to a lot of projects. If I have any questions that the Academy has not answered already, I can write directly to Teresa and get the support I need.
I can’t wait until I get to the nativity animals. Each course builds my skill set. I love needle felting. I’m no artist, but the animals from the Teresa’s courses are so lifelike and the directions are so straight forward I can produce artistic results. So glad I joined.”Theresa Hensel
“I started following your work, Teresa, and I was so impressed by the fact that you raise your own sheep for wool and make beautiful sculptures with it. Since Needle Felting is not an art form well known around me, I decided that I would join the Academy so I could have a community to create and learn from and with. Thank you Teresa for sharing your talent and time!”Carol
The Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy is for someone who . .
Has Just found out about needle felting This is perfect for you, the academy has beginner courses for those that are just starting plus loads of information to get you started on the right foot.
Has been felting for years The Academy is full of courses and information just for you. The advanced courses will teach you new techniques and tricks that will help you take your felting to the next level.
Is looking for a place to talk with like minded people Make new felting friends in the forums, share ideas and learn from each other. There are members from all over the world in all stages of their felting journey. Share your disasters and felting achievements, organization ideas and encouragement plus much more.
Wants to learn how to add more detail to their sculptures The video courses are designed to do just that, you will learn many new techniques in each course. Learn how to add personality to your sculptures.
Wants FEEDBACK on their artwork Taking a course and want to know if things are shaping up the way they are supposed to? Teresa will give you feedback on your projects, helping you to see what improvements or changes should be made to make the best sculpture you have ever made.
Needs motivation Challenges in the forum are not only fun but will help keep you motivated and felting so that you will improve.
“I really enjoy the encouragement and friendship of others on this site. Needle felting is the ‘oasis’ that makes me happy!”Terri
“I had enormous fun making my pig, but more important, I learned so many new techniques in the process! I am so looking forward to my next project.”Susan
“When I read about you and your passion for felting, I knew that I had finally found an instructor who would be able to help me become better at this great craft! I have needle felted for about 10 years, off and on, but being a self-taught gal living in MT, I’ve not had access to many instructors. I desired to learn as much as I could about felting, so over the years, I’ve had to rely on other learning avenues, like your site. I thank you for putting this community together and offering folks, like myself, the knowledge and wisdom you have acquired. Teresa, you are a blessing to all of us!”Donna
Some of the techniques you will learn in the video courses-
- make realistic eyes and noses
- use wire armatures the easier way
- choose the right wool
- Combine wet felting with needle felting
- Layer colors
- attach components
- make smooth surfaces
- fix something when you make a mistake
- use shortcuts to achieve quicker results
- apply hair
- improve your needle felting production time
You will find beginner and advanced complete video courses on how to make an animal and NEW courses will be added continually. I won’t be trying to sell you products you don’t need, instead I teach you easier and cheaper methods. The Best Part? I am in the forums daily. Ask me questions anytime. I offer feedback on sculptures helping you to know just what needs to be done and how. You have access to all courses at all times, old and new during your membership.
I cannot wait for you to join us so you can start asking questions, learning advanced needle felting skills, sharing resources, and sharing ideas TODAY!
I have known about Bear Creek for several years now and purchased a single class online to make a bunny. She was fun and I enjoyed the class very much. When I saw Teresa’s work I was completely taken with it, and I wanted to know more about her methods. I had done some needle felting projects and even taught some classes at the local community college, but this was beyond what I felt my skills were at that point.
When the Needle Felting Academy became available, I was very excited to sign up! I purchased six or more kits and began felting with excitement!!! I loved the Academy so much that I have now signed up for an annual membership. You might say I am hooked. I can pose a question or send an email and I get a response very quickly. I am in love with the materials, and want more. If you want a wonderful experience with no pressure and lots of fun learning, this is a great place to be!!! Online learning with a personal touch. I love it!!!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I get complete access to everything right away?
Yes! Every course, every resource, every training is available as soon as you become a member.
Are the courses at specific times, or are they videos that I will be able to access at my convenience and pause, review and continue as I work?
There are a variety of courses at all skill levels that are available for you to view at your convenience at any time during your membership. The courses are videos that you can pause, review and continue as you work.
Is there any limit as to how many courses I can access over the length of my membership?
You will have access to all the courses throughout the length of your membership. There is no limit.
Is a yearly membership for a calendar year, or for twelve months from the time I enroll?
The yearly membership continues for twelve months from the time you enroll.
Does the membership allow members to communicate with each other?
Yes. There is a forum where you can communicate with other members, share pictures, files etc. I am in the forums as well to answer questions and give feedback on your work.
Are the materials for the courses provided with the membership?
No. A materials list is provided for each course with the amount and colors of wool needed as well as other supplies. You are welcome to source your own materials, use what you have on hand or purchase a course kit from Bear Creek Felting.
I would like to become a member of the Felting Academy, but.. I'm from another country, Is this possible? .
The Academy is all online, the courses and forum are all accessible from anywhere. It is in English. I do offer the course supplies which are not necessary for you to purchase but are available for your convenience and I do ship all over the world. You can find the materials locally as well, whatever works best for you.
After my initial yearly membership, if I were to enroll for another year, would there be new courses or only the ones I have already had access to?
New classes are added all the time. You will have access to the new courses as they become available as well as the old ones.