I gallery sit 4-6 days a month at Studio 40 in Spanish Village as part of my partnership there. It's a lovely and comfortable space (You should visit if you haven't yet.) But it isn't a good place for wet-felting, at least not the way I do it -- splashy, messy, equipment-intensive, and spread out on every available surface!
So what to do during those five hours in the Village, in between helping shoppers? Prep and finishing of wet-felted pieces usually isn't enough to fill the time. Yet I want to be somehow making art, not reading magazines or watching movies on my computer.
It turns out that needle-felting is the perfect activity. I can work on a small desk, the materials are compact and portable, and I can easily stop and start as people come and go in the studio.
I've always said I don't like needle-felting. It's tedious and repetitive and yet requires full attention in order to avoid stabbing my fingers. That's still how I feel.
But I confess: I am madly in love with these little critters I've been making! I hope you can see why.