Presented by Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA)
“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Presented by GICCA

“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Libby Hale


Needle Felting


"Like painting with wool."


I began needle felting after I stumbled upon a kit at a thrift shop in 2018. I have always been an avid crafter, scooping up hobbies like crochet and painting as a way for my fidgety hands to keep busy. As I taught myself needle felting, I discovered it was like a combination of painting and 3D printing, just with wool. To felt, a special barbed needle is poked into the layers of wool, tangling it into a structured form. 


At one point I decided to replicate my family’s pets. I found it fulfilling getting all the details right and seeing the look of surprise as I presented these specialty felt figurines. Soon, orders from friends and family began to roll in and I even felted portraits of people’s houseplants. I love the ideas people come to me with. It is a real treat to be sent photos of adorable pets as part of my job. While the pet figurines are quite special and make a great gift for everyone, sometimes I take a break and felt a few simple hearts and stick them in little glass bottles for quick easy gifts. 


I also love to make tinygmai (tiny origami) paper cranes, stringing them onto jewelry or keeping them in small bottles. A lot of love goes into each item I make and I find it an honor to be able to share that love with the world.

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© Libby Hale