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.
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