K often sits with me while I am needle felting. We talk and she tells me about her day, watching me as I work away. She gives me ideas, suggests colors and encourages me with sweet praise. It’s a lovely time for us. Every now and then, she says she wants to make something too. She is still too young to work with the sharp needle in a 3D form but ‘flat’ needle felting is fun for her. I remind her to keep her fingers out of the way often, especially when I see her mind wandering and she is happy to have been ‘brought back’ into awareness with her hands.
We filled the cookie cutter with yellow roving and K began to needle felt the yellow wool into her pink heart.
The cookie cutter protects the child’s hands from the sharp needle while allowing her to needle felt a relatively defined shape.
We kept filling the cookie cutter with the yellow roving so that the whole flower shape was ‘colored in’ nicely.
She is ever so proud of her new found needle felting skill. She says that she can now help me with my fairies, sweet child! She is my Valentine!