We took the Needle-felted Bee class. Looking at the website, it says Carol Wilson was the tutor, I hope that's right! I really must try to be better at taking down tutor's names to credit them.
It was a really good workshop in a lovely venue and I even took some photos during the class!
I have needle-felted before. I made a flat picture at home and we did needle-felted brooches at one of the Speed Craft sessions, which involved needle-felting into a biscuit cutter. This was my first time 3d felting. Above you can see my sponge, the bee shape I created using Jacob wool and the needle felting tool which is different to my Clover 3-needle tool. We got to keep this one!
I have only felted with merino wool before, this was a lot fuzzier but just as good to work with. Putting the stripes on took judgement about thickness and placement. We had lots of pictures of different bees to work from, but I just went with a stereotypical bee.
Felting the wings was really hard! I attacked them several times with scissors and had to start again! I added a few embroidery stitches for the veins.
And here is my little bee all finished! He's on a brooch back, but I won't wear him until the summer. The tutor had hers mounted on a small piece of wet felted "landscape" in a wooden frame. I quite like that idea and may, possibly, one day, get round to it!
This bee is very messy underneath, but hey, you shouldn't be looking at bee's undersides!
Doing the class gave me an urge to needle felt (though I wasn't well afterwards so didn't) and writing this post is making me want to needle felt... I've got a couple of books and some merino at home!