At first I thought that this was something I would have to wait to discover when I finally made it back to the west, but it turns out, as with so many things in Taiwan, I just didn't know where to look. Apparently, needle felting wool is a very popular craft in Japan, and since Taiwan's craft scene is heavily influenced by Japan, quite a few books have been translated into Chinese and are available in the bookstores here. And then I happened to wander into a large building that looked like a jewelry supply store -- it turned out to be a three story Japanese craft supply shop with an entire back wall on one floor devoted to selling wool roving and the other things needed to needle felt. The supplies are actually quite minimal. At its most basic, you need one little barbed needle, a foam mat, and a bit of wool. So last year, when David was still small enough that I could craft with him on the bed, I experimented with a few things.
Using a cookie cutter as a form, I came up with this little bear. Some day I might get around to attaching a string so he can join the ranks of the Christmas decoration. (He's pretty sturdy, which is a good thing in a house with three kids under 5!)
|Apparently, decapitated snowmen still smile. Notice the teddy bear survived just fine.|
|Now he's ready again to wish you a very Merry Christmas.|
But yes. I think I'm in love with needle felting. It's definitely going in my arsenal of crafts to keep working on.