There’s a lot you can learn about felting from online tutorials, youtube videos, workshops, etc. , but some things you have to learn from experience. Sometimes those things take a lot of experience to really give you that ” OH WAIT ” moment. Right now I’m going to share probably one of the most important pieces of advice for needle felting that I’ve learned, and this goes for whether you’re doing flat felting, sculpture with an armature, or without.
The most important piece of advice that I have is to persevere. Felt can be an incredibly forgiving medium, but it can take time, patience, and the perseverance previously mentioned to get your art to the point you want it to be.No matter how long you’ve been doing this, it’s quite likely that your project is going to look silly or weird for a little while– sometimes maybe too silly or weird.
Don’t let this make you feel discouraged. Over time as you work, your sculpture, painting, etc. will start to become more fleshed out. It still may not turn out 100% the way you envisioned once you’re done, but that part comes with practice and with finishing pieces even if you don’t think they’ll turn out great. If it does turn out great? Awesome! If not? Take notes of what you think should be done differently– or, even better, take notes throughout.
It can be really difficult to get to this part of the learning process if you don’t push through the beginning “oh my gosh this looks so ridiculous” steps. You can do it, though. I know you can.