Create an adorable little hedgehog and learn the art of needle felting. Using a nylon knee high filled with alpaca stuffing, students will learn to wrap alpaca wool roving around it to create the shape. Other techniques include the rolling technique using a felting stick, for the face, ears, and leg shapes. Mohair is used to suggest spines for this cute, stylized hedgehog.
Did you know that the spiny covering of a hedgehog is used as a defense mechanism? The hedgehog is covered by short, thick spines which are permanently attached to its skin, unlike a porcupine with quills that will dislodge. These spines usually lie flat and harmless -- so much so that it is possible to pet a hedgehog. When threatened, hedgehogs will roll into a tight ball so their spines protrude and their hands, feet and faces are tucked away.
Needle felting is an easy-to-learn technique, that is not hard but does take time and lots of poking with a barbed needle, to shape and sculpt the natural fiber. Come and see what you can create with a needle, some alpaca fiber, and a little imagination!
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