Mamalina Knots Felt Experience

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ABOUT

 

Our healing process is intensely personal, complex and layered.  At times it can be tedious, tangled and painful.

 

After much agitation and pointed perseverance, we can be gifted with a stronger, more radiant and resilient self.

 

Needle felting is the process of  interlocking fibers using a barbed needle and (primarily) alpaca and wool fibers.  

 

Barbs catch the individual fibers and push them through into a foam backing, tangling and binding them to each other, eventually creating a cohesive fabric, sculpture, or work of art.

 

Felt Beginnings

 

When I was first introduced to needle felting, I experienced an almost trancelike relaxation from the start.  Tactile sensations of  alpaca, wool and angora fibers, the rhythmic sound of my needle, even the quasi-aggressive act of repeatedly puncturing this piece of foam...all of it just seemed right   It soothed me, I enjoyed it and found that with each poke, I was invited to participate in a mindful moment that went  beyond some pretty picture I was making.

 

As I shared this art form with friends and      colleagues,  many of them also commented on the benefits they experienced.  I began to offer it within my practice settings and it was soon clear that there were broader therapeutic  implications.

An Invitation to be Mindful

 

Folks have used needle felting as a therapeutic tool to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, illness and recovery.  

 

∞  Ages 5 to 89 have already felted their feelings.  ∞

 

∞  Patients can felt a cancer cell,

tear it from the canvas and start anew.  ∞

 

∞  Coworkers can built cohesion by felting a tapestry, expressing individuality while developing a unified fabric.  ∞  

 

∞  Survivors of sexual violence have felt their experience in a therapeutic space designed to celebrate spirit

and contribute to the continuation of their

personal healing process.  ∞

 

∞  Vets who have seen combat felted a space

to express the inexpressible .  ∞

 

∞  Students preparing for college can felt their anxieties,

and then felt their future. ∞

 

∞  Strangers can mourned the loss of a loved one,

a limb, an identity, a job, a belief.  

 Together, without saying a word.  ∞

Therapeutic Needle Felting

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