I have a pet peeve. It bugs me when artists describe their work as "painstaking" and then proceed to elaborate on the amount of time, or stabs, or difficulty that is involved in their work.
Do they want us to feel sorry for them? Are they trying to justify an out of kilter price tag? Or do they really truly feel burdened by their creativity? Maybe it's the first and/or second reason but I can't believe it could be the third.
Needle felting is fun. No matter how many stabs it takes, every single poke is a split second of affirmation and achievement. Further more, aside from the mis-stab that hurts your finger, even the bad stabs can be easily fixed.
The process of stabbing the wool is rewarding but we have the additional enjoyment of our fibers. (Imagine me here tossing lovely locks in the air with abandon and running through a field of bunny angora.) At the risk of sounding like a looney, I am convinced that working with natural fibers is healing. I even keep locks in my car to settle me when I feel my anxieties creeping in.
And, if you can believe it, there's more! When you have finished your project, you have something to enjoy, or sell, or give as a gift. It's all good.
No wonder the craft is spreading like wild fire. It's affordable, easy to get started, and instantly rewarding. And I believe those who are trying it are falling in love and will 'stick' with it - so to speak.
So quit your whining felting artists! I know the truth about needle felting and the rest of the world (or at least the 10 people who follow my blog) will now know too!