All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.
Needle felting is an ancient craft that involves an easy to learn a process of sculpting and transforming wool into 3D objects using a barbed needle. In this spirited needle felting class, a program leader takes participants through the steps that will help them craft their own small winter-themed characters that can displayed, hung on Christmas trees, or given as a gifts to others. This program is suited to those of all levels from beginner to expert. No artistic skills are needed, only a desire to try something new and have fun in the company of other members.
Benefits and Impact
Those who are just learning this craft, and others who are long-time needle felters rave about the benefits, which mainly relate to focus, fun, creativity, relaxation, and a strong sense of community when undertaken in groups.
Other noted benefits, which apply to most crafting activities include:
- Stress relief
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Improved fine motor skills
- Pain management
- Gratification, satisfaction and pride
What to Expect at a Session
Needle felting involves sitting at a table with a foam felting pad and stabbing small amounts of wool with a special needle until a firms up into the desired shape. In the first session of this program, participants are introduced the materials used for needle felting, and soon after, everyone is encouraged to jump in begin creating simple shapes. Over time, with plenty of guidance and encouragement, new participants will learn a comfortable level of enjoying this craft, while more experienced participants will be challenged with more advanced projects. In all classes, a common theme is communication, comradery, and plenty of laughter.