During my years experience of needle felting I have come to experience the terrible and painful moments where the needle becomes misguided on his journey, and stab myself in the finger, leg, hand etc.
Now this can be not only painful at the time of stabbing but then, for some perculiar reason, the throbbing can continue well into the next few days. A tiny needle, causing this much pain is a travesty. Therefore while I love the idea of multitasking while felting this can be hazardous to your health. I have tried, lord knows, I have tried to multitask this craft and alas I have failed many times. So, I thought I would come up with a list of things to avoid doing whilst also needle felting that may be cautionary to beginners and a bit of a laugh to those more experienced in this art form.
TEN ‘WHAT NOT TO DO’s’ WHILE NEEDLE FELTING
1. Watching TV – this is probably my number 1 fault and I always think I can do it. I blindly tell myself ‘last time is the last time you’ll do that… you’ll be fine!’ Nope, and then it happens again.
2. Walk – walking and needle felting can be hazardous and lead to tripping and stabbing yourself.
3. Cook – fibres in your food, mistaken as hair. Not great if you’re having dinner guests. 😬 awkward
4. Dance – well this one has accidental stabs written all over it. Now I love to dance while wet felting and rolls the wool back and forth, unfortunately I must restrain myself while needle felting. Imparting my wisdom I say, Be safe felty friends.
5. In bed – now I have heard of a case where a woman did this and fell asleep. She woke up to needles very close to her face. Ekkk! Careful, careful, careful.
6. Read a book – hmmm I’m not sure about you but my eyes can only be in 1 place at a time so safety suggests audiobooks. Problem solved! Even better if Morgan Freeman is narrating.
7. Watch/Go to a sporting event – whether it’s the footy or tennis, a Mexican wave usually occurs at some point. Best to keep those needles down. 🙂 plus if it is tennis a little ‘ah f*#k’ during a serve might be frowned upon.
8. Fly – carrying felting needles may lead to a strip search. No thank you.
9. Have a deep meaningful discussion with your partner – Nothing says romance like the sweet cursing when a needle goes into the side of your finger. Put those needles down and enjoy the romance.
10. Talk on the phone – now I love to chat with friends any chance I get. Just as I have mentioned previously, a little curse word left field during an important conversation might lead to lots of explanations necessary. Or maybe you’ll be able to invite them over for a beverage and curse while needle felting together. 🙂
To part with you here I would just like to say. Poke safely my friends, and if in doubt, wear finger guards. 😀