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Sleepy Squirrel Brooch

About this project

Here in the UK, the season is definitely turning and there is more than a hint of autumn in the air. The time for cold quiche and potato salad has drawn to a close and I'm thinking of casseroles, fruit crumbles with custard and hot chocolate. So with that in mind, I've created a simple and easy to make little sleepy squirrel brooch which will be the perfect companion accessory for you to wear on a warm jacket or cardigan. I recommend that once you've subscribed, you read the pattern through and watch the short videos, to give you a clear idea of what's ahead.

I've had the pleasure of teaching many live workshops over the years and
I've tried as far as possible to recreate the teaching methods I have learned from them in this project. So although I will not be with you in person, I hope that you will feel as if I am, in some sense, with you every step of the way.

This project should take you a few hours to complete and is a lovely way of occupying a dull, grey autumnal afternoon.

Finished size of brooch shown is approximately 3x2 inches (7x5cm).

What you will need

A felting sponge or brush mat. You can use a household sponge, but the foam should be very dense to absorb the needling.

Orange-red merino wool; allow roughly 23 inches (60 cm) for each brooch, which should be enough, with some left over.

A pinch of black or dark brown wool for the nose.

Size 40 needles; I am using spiral needles for this course, and although I am only working with one, it's handy to have some spare in case there are breakages.

A needle holder (optional). I use a Clover pen tool, as I find it to be the most comfortable, but any other holder will do. You can use the needle without one, but it can cause cramp after a while.

A small black seed bead.

A small brooch back measuring 1 inch across (about 2.7cm).

Needle and thread (to match the orange wool).

How long do I have access to the course?

My intention is to leave the course up indefinitely, so that you will have constant access to it once you have subscribed. In the unlikely event that I decide to remove it, I will give fair warning beforehand.

Do I need to have needle felted before to take one of your courses?

Not necessarily; I aim to keep my patterns simple and supply many step photos and notes, so that even a complete beginner should be able follow them. If a project is particularly tricky and geared for more seasoned needle felters, I will mark it as such.

Will my project look exactly the same as yours?

That depends on you! The beauty of needle felting is that it is a form of sculpting with wool, so everyone will have a unique-to-them piece at the end of the project. However, I do structure my patterns with measurements and instructions, which if followed, should ensure that you can achieve a very close version of the project you are working on.

Your patterns use merino wool - do I have to use merino wool too?

You are free to use any wool you like - however, you want to aim for the smooth effect shown in the projects, then I recommend merino, as it is a very fine wool and will help you to get the smooth finish demonstrated in each project.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at gretelparker@yahoo.co.uk.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be disappointed. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

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