Needle Felted Wall Hangings. - The Magic Onions

Needle Felted Wall Hangings.

Last weekend, I enjoyed a special treat. Our waldorf school hosted a needle felting class. The item we made was a wall-hanging. We used a flat piece of felt and embellished it with a design using wool roving. We chose from two ideas, a spring tree with blossoms and a toadstool. Everybody felted the spring tree, I chose the toadstool. I had never done a flat piece before. What fun it was… like painting with wool. There were seven of us, ladies who had left our kiddies with their dads for the morning to enjoy some ‘me’ time. It felt good to be in a group of like-minded mommies. Usually we can’t help focussing our attention on our children, after all, they our special, wonderful, rewarding wards as mothers. But it was really cool to have joined together in a mutual need to nurture ourselves for a change. We felted and chattered, we concentrated on our work, were silent. We smiled and giggled and laughed. I felt tranquil, being in a social group were we also focused on our work at hand. Each one of us zoned into our needle felting to be quiet for a while while the others took up the thread of the conversation. Then the ladies who had been quiet, would join in the talk and some of the others would float into silence. It was a lovely ebb and flow and it balanced my soul enormously.

The interesting thing, was that all of our wall hangings turned out so differently. They were all essentially of the same thing, a spring tree. But look how unique each one is. Some have squirrels, some have gorgeous 3D effects, some have blossoms, some don’t. And they are all beautiful, just beautiful! It was wonderful to express ourselves through art. Each of us left with a happy twinkle in our eyes and our creative selves refueled.

Here is my wall-hanging. She is Buttercup Fairy. I used a piece of wood and some yarn to hang her. She is hanging in K’s room, much to the delight of my adoring fan, K.

I feel so clever to have made her!

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. That turned out great! I’ve only done abstract felted wall hangings (using the wet felting method), but I’ve been thinking of making a fall trees wall hanging. Now I’m even more inspired. :)

  2. You are clever and artistic too! Love the wall hanging. My daughter attended a waldorf school through kindergarten and I just loved all of the beautiful handwork that was done by the teachers and parents.

  3. I LOVE this! I have been wanting to try something like flat felting a picture, but wasn’t sure how to go about it – so thanks for the mini-tutorial :) I love all the blues/greens/greys & yellow in your hillside. Also, Buttercup is just lovely & her flowing hair is a brilliant touch. I also enjoyed the poetry in your description of the ebb & flow of the momma felters. I felt as if I were among you, part of the gentle cadence :)

  4. I love your wall hanging! I received periwinkle fairy today and he is so beautiful in his flower!! I can’t wait for Goose to see him! Thank you!

  5. That is beautiful! How creative you all are.

    I had a frustrating day yesterday with my wool and was just like forget wool. After seeing your work, I think I will try again later or perhaps when I visit my local Waldorf school’s bizarre next year.

  6. So beautiful, a table full of art. Fuana loves this process as well, she is a natural. I want her to make a 4ft. wall hanging of a tree for our family room. I love how you hung the Buttercup fairy!

  7. These are precious! I don’t even know where to begin with discovering your blog via your comment to mine. Thank you so much again for stopping by. I look forward to many discoveries here!

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