If you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of a needle felting project, brimming with excitement from your purchased kits, yet faced the disappointment of not achieving the desired results – you’re not alone.

Many passionate crafters like yourself encounter common issues that hinder the joy of needle felting.

Discover the Transformational Power of the Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy


“I’m Not Getting the Results I Want”

  •  Learn expert techniques to turn frustration into felting triumphs.
  • Get one-on-one support to elevate your skills and achieve stunning results.

 “I cant get Proportions Right on My Sculptures”

  • Our video courses guide you through achieving perfect proportions effortlessly.
  •  Engage with Teresa and fellow members for valuable feedback on your projects.

 “Adding More Detail Seems Daunting”

  • Explore advanced techniques to infuse personality and intricacy into your creations.
  • Our fail-proof methods ensure you can add intricate details with ease.

“I Want to Get Everything Right from the Start”

  • Beginners Welcome: Start your journey with confidence using the right materials, supplies, and techniques.
  • Benefit from Teresa Perleberg’s expertise, ensuring a strong foundation from day one.

“I Feel Like I Completely Failed”

  • Transform Failure into Success: Our supportive community and expert guidance ensure you rise above challenges.
  • It’s never too late to turn a failed attempt into a masterpiece with our techniques.

Join the Academy Today and Shape Your Needle Felting Success Story!

The Needle Felting Academy is a dynamic membership community that provides you with exclusive access to a diverse range of video courses. Additionally, you can engage in discussions with Teresa and fellow members through our member feed on your computer and in our app. Share images of your projects to receive valuable feedback and support for your creative endeavors.

Teresa Perleberg


My journey into the world of wool began when my daughter and I discovered our love for knitting, particularly with wool yarn. We decided to delve deeper into the craft by learning to spin our wool, which led us to purchase a small flock of Romney sheep. However, my introduction to needle felting came unexpectedly, thanks to a friend who gave me some quick guidance and a felting needle.

Over the years, I honed my needle felting skills, uncovering incredible techniques and time-saving shortcuts that made the craft even more enjoyable. My flock of sheep grew to over 300, with a focus on producing wool perfect for needle felting.

As I began selling my needle felted sculptures online, I received numerous inquiries about my techniques and whether I offered classes. I started teaching local classes and later developed needle felting kits to help others learn this delightful art. Since my online venture began in 2008, I’m thrilled to have assisted over 15,000 individuals in discovering the joy of needle felting through my kits.

The popularity of my kits grew, and those who completed them yearned for more detailed sculpture-making classes. They often expressed the difficulty of finding fellow needle felting enthusiasts in their local communities. That’s when the idea for the Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy was conceived.

The BEAR Creek Needle Felting Academy is for someone who . .


Just discovered needle felting:

If you’re new to needle felting, our academy offers beginner courses to get you started on the right path.


Seek a community of like-minded individuals:

Join our community to connect with fellow felting enthusiasts from around the world. Share experiences, ideas, and gain valuable insights.


Desire feedback on their artwork:

Receive personalized feedback from Teresa on your projects, ensuring you make the best sculptures possible.


Have years of felting experience:

Explore advanced courses to learn new techniques and elevate your felting skills to the next level.


Want to add more detail to their sculptures:

Our video courses are designed to teach you various techniques, helping you infuse personality and intricacy into your creations.


Need motivation:

We offer various ways to keep your creative spark alive. Engage with our community, which is akin to a Facebook feed without anoying ads, and find ongoing needle felting inspiration. Additionally, explore other avenues we provide to boost your motivation and improve your felting skills.


Are interested in selling or teaching needle felting:

Benefit from Teresa’s extensive experience in selling needle felted art online and at art shows, as well as teaching needle felting since 2008. She’s here to guide you on your journey.

Here are some of the valuable techniques you’ll acquire through our video courses:

  • Creating lifelike eyes and noses
  • Mastering wire-free felting techniques
  • Selecting the ideal wool for each project
  • Blending wet felting and needle felting seamlessly
  • Layering colors for stunning effects
  • Exploring advanced needle felting methods
  • Expertly attaching components
  • Achieving smooth, fuzz-free surfaces
  • Correcting mistakes with ease
  • Implementing time-saving shortcuts
  • Needle felting on fabric
  • Dyeing wool to suit your needs
  • Properly washing raw wool
  • Crafting detailed, sturdy, and realistic legs
  • Enhancing your needle felting efficiency
  • Receiving guidance and accountability to complete your projects

Our courses cater to both beginners and advanced learners, offering comprehensive video tutorials on crafting animals. I’m available daily in the forums to answer your queries and provide constructive feedback on your sculptures, guiding you toward successful outcomes.

We’re eager for you to join our community and embark on your most creative year yet!



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What Our Students Say

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!!!

Kim H

“I joined the Bear Creek Needle Felting Academy a month ago and am amazed at what I have learned. I started needle felting two years ago and the critters that I have made have pleased me and brought a smile to family and friends. But I recognize that I need to advance skill-wise and for that reason, I joined the Academy. In taking one course, I learned how to use armatures for legs and the benefits and process of incorporating wet felting into my work. I also discovered a variety of tips, such as not waiting until the last step to place eyes. I am excited about upcoming projects that Teresa has suggested and appreciate her responsiveness when I have questions.”

“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.
Theresa Hensel

“My experience as an academy member has been very very good. I find the tips helpful. I especially appreciate that I can go and watch a portion or lesson several times. My projects continue to need some refinement. I would not be improving if not for the opportunity the academy provides. I strongly recommend this learning opportunity for any level.”
Patty Marquardt

“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

“I am so excited to be part of the Academy!! Being able to watch the videos over and over again is priceless! And the forums are a HUGE help!.”


“I have admired needle felted animals for a couple of years but I never thought it would be possible to actually make one for myself until one day when I was on Pinterest, Bear Creek Felting appeared on my Pinterest page. I went onto the website and almost immediately joined the Academy. I have completed the beginner course and have moved on to the intermediate course. Teresa does such an amazing job of teaching this wonderful craft. As I work through the course, it feels as though Teresa is sitting at the kitchen table felting with me. I highly recommend joining the Academy and be sure to purchase Teresa’s wool because it is excellent for needle felting.”
Ronnie V.

“I have fallen in love with your high quality products. I have successfully completed the sheep kit, the llama kit, and now starting the bunny kit. I am enjoying being a member of the academy also. Great information.”

“The tutorials are unparalleled! She breaks every step down and demonstrates it. If you have to stop the tutorial, it is very simple to pick up where you left off. My end product is getting better as I practice. I watch her video each time I make the woolen creatures and see something more that builds on my learning.

The Romney wool I’ve bought from Bear Creek is easier to use than the wool bought from a couple of other places.”

Cynthia J Ware

Academy Member

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

The courses are designed to offer flexibility and convenience to our members. They consist of videos that you can access at any time during your membership. You have the freedom to pause, review, and continue these videos as you work through them. Furthermore, you’ll have ongoing access to any future courses that are added to the Academy, ensuring continuous learning opportunities.

Is a yearly membership for a calendar year, or for twelve months from the time I enroll?

The yearly membership remains active for twelve months from the moment you enroll. It does not adhere to a calendar year but rather follows a rolling twelve-month duration starting from your enrollment date.

Does the membership allow members to communicate with each other?

Absolutely, the membership offers versatility by allowing members to communicate with each other both through the dedicated app and on their computer. You can access the forum, engage in discussions, share photos, exchange files, and more, whether you prefer to use the app or access it on your computer. I am also present in the forums on both platforms to assist with your questions and offer feedback on your work.

Are the materials for the courses provided with the membership?

No, the materials for the courses are not included with the membership. However, we do provide a comprehensive materials list for each course, specifying the required quantity and colors of wool, as well as any other necessary supplies. You have the flexibility to source your materials independently, utilize what you already possess, or opt to purchase a convenient 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? .

Absolutely! The Felting Academy operates entirely online, making our courses and forum accessible from anywhere in the world. Please note that the content is primarily in English. While we do offer course supplies for your convenience, it’s not mandatory to purchase them from us, and we offer worldwide shipping for those who choose to do so. Alternatively, you have the flexibility to source the materials locally, whatever suits your preferences and needs best.

Join the Felting Academy Community today!

And experience the satisfaction of creating something amazing with your own two hands!