Bear Creek Designs - Best of Etsy 2015

I have this bad habit of de-stressing with a spontaneous trip to the craft store every now and again.  It usually results in "discovering" some new craft or project I just HAVE to try.  Which is code for I don't really have time to learn something new, but am desperate for some shopping therapy.  And craft supplies are my love language. 

So while researching shops for this years Best of Etsy series I came upon the DIY felting kits from Bear Creek Designs.  And I bought two.  So not only am I sharing a fun new shop I discovered, but I've tested the kits out myself and you are lucky enough to see my first attempt at felting.  In the car.  On a road trip....because what better time to try something new?! 

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

I'll be honest.  I have no clue what the technical process is that somehow ends up turning a ball of wool into felt - but I did think I could try my hand with a "all supplies included DIY kit" to make a semi-kid friendly set of Fall decorations. Because why not. 

I bought the kit for this turkey, but haven't started it yet - that will be for the roadtrip home.  I knew enough to know I was a beginner so for sure I had no business starting with any kit that had "advanced" anything in its name so instead I started with ....

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

.....pumpkins! Again, I had no idea how on earth I was actually going to accomplish this but lookie here folks.... 

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

Photo used with permission from Bear Creek Designs

I totally made this in an hour while riding down I-81. And if I can do that, so can you! 

Yes this is my honest to goodness self made pumpkin! 

Yes this is my honest to goodness self made pumpkin! 

I have to be honest....felting is nothing like I imagined it would be, and yet it really was easy.  Basically, stab a ball of wool with special needles that have grooves in them for an extended period of time until it shrinks up the the desired shape/size.  What I'm telling you is this could be the greatest way to deal with aggression ever.  Until you get comfortable with it, look away, and stab your finger.  Not that I learned that myself or anything.   

Each kit comes with all the supplies you need to create the final product with easy to follow instructions.  I love that the wool she includes in her kits comes from sheep she has raised on her farm.  

Head over to The Bear Creek Designs shop and check out all the different kits she has as well as some of her own creations.  I'd love to know if you decide to expand your crafting borizons with felting too!