My mom recently picked up a needle felting kit for this cute chickadee ornament when she was on vacation this summer. Neither of us had done needle felting before, so it was a fun introduction to a new crafting technique. I unfortunately didn't take any photos of the process of making this ornament, but if you're looking for a helpful tutorial to get you started with needle felting, I'd recommend this video.
The kit for the ornament I made is by "Wool Pets." You can find their kits for sale on Etsy here.
While I somewhat expected it, I was a bit surprised by how much of an art form needle felting really is. It appears that you are just poking a bit of wool roving over and over again with a needle, but it's not quite as easy as it looks. It is a very sculptural technique and you have to be constantly thinking about all dimensions of the form you are creating. It was a fun challenge and it was neat to see the fruits of my labor turn into a cute little ornament.
Here's a bit of needle felting inspiration that I'm loving right now from some Etsy crafters:
|Christmas Mouse by feltingdreams on Etsy|
|Polar Bear Ornament by calicofarmchick on Etsy|
|Barry the Snowman by WhimsicalWoolies on Etsy|