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Needle Felting Club: Woodland Animals

Teacher Amanda Bestor
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(44)
Students will needle-felt five different types of Woodland animals, as well as learn everything needed to start and grow in this hobby. This course includes 5 video needle felting lessons plus one bonus choice lesson the last week!

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 8
Beginner Level
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Red Fox
Red Fox (Shaping wool and using and storing felting tools)
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Raccoon (Shaping heads and tiny ears, blending colors)
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Owl (Adding corners and pointy pieces with pipe cleaner armatures)
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Fawn (Adding corners, long legs, and pointy pieces with pipe cleaner armatures)
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Bear (Adding Limbs and shaping thicker and thinner pieces)
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn:
- Why I love needle felting and find it to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
- How to set up and use the needle and the foam pad. 
- How to avoid poking yourself with a needle and what to do if you do. (There are kits that have leather finger protectors, I always add bandaids in my after-school classes, and sometimes they do get a little poke.)
- How to design your project by making a template on paper.
- How to begin felting, how to add to a project, and how to know when it is finished.
-I will also talk about some other materials that you can use for felting.
- How fun sharing work on a class Padlet, and artist's outlet for showcasing skills.

The goal is to leave with a finished or almost finished felted woodland animal.
I am an experienced classroom, after-school program teacher, and summer camp director. I have taught hundreds of kids how to needle felt.
This class is designed to give ideas of how a student could modify a class to add their own creativity and showcase their own interest and direction.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Learners will not need any prior experience, but they will need felting materials. -Various colors of wool felting wool (wool roving) -3 or more barbed felting needles -A foam pad (A partial chunk of pool noodle works great, about 6-8 inches long and cut in half so it sits flat on the table.) There are affordable kits available on Amazon if you are just getting started. There is also wool at Michaels, eBay, and Hobby Lobby. -Pipe cleaners Example of a felting kit from Amazon.com (I like this one because it is inexpensive and can be used for many projects.) https://www.amazon.com/Needle-Felting-Colors-Starter-Supplies/dp/B07X9Q8HXF/ref=zg_bs_8090912011_15/133-6422118-2535028?pd_rd_i=B07X9Q8HXF&psc=1
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will have access to a class Padlet where they can see images of and like the work of others. All posts need to be approved by me, so only appropriate posts will go up. The Padlet works like a giant bulletin board where students can see their peer's work and get more ideas about what to try on their own. They can also ask questions in the classroom and share techniques that worked. I will also use Google slides to show reference images to look at. When parents enroll in the class they will get a QR code and a video on how to post on Padlet. Padlet is free to join. I just log in with my Google account. If my videos get too large then I may use a private YouTube video link that will work for viewing the lesson as well.

The needles that are used for needle felting are sharp but no sharper than any other new needle. They are special needles that have little ridges on them that grab onto the wool and help to weave the fibers together. The end of the needle is tapered to make a thinner point. I show students some simple safety steps that will teach students how to use tools properly. 
- Needles should be stored in the tube provided in many felting kits when you are not using them. Some students will embed their needles in the foam safety pad and that is okay as well. I also recommend only taking out one needle at a time. Sometimes a needle will break and that is why having extras on hand is nice.
- The foam pad should rest on the table or a hard surface. This way, if the student stabs the foam or wool too deep they would just hit the hard surface and not their lap. 
- Students should needle felt in a space where they can focus on their project. You can turn the wool as you felt so that you are not ever poking a needle at yourself.
- There are little leather finger protectors in many pre-made kits and many students like to use those. I don't think they are needed though.
- I find that students really enjoy needle felting and it is easy for them to pick up. My in-person needle felting classes are for ages 7-15 years old and they do well with their projects. I think your student will love needle felting!
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(44)
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5 pre-recorded lessons
5 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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