A few weeks ago my doll club had a workshop on needle felting. I've been using felting needles to attach hair to my dolls for years, but I've never really made an entire figure/creature with nothing but those barbed needles. The gnome was the project we did in the workshop. My friend Jenny teased me that I could not start small and simple but had to dive in and make a fully dressed figure on my first try. I moved to smaller with the next try - the tiny little dragon in the center of the above picture. After that little dragon I had to go buy some more wool so I could branch out. I'm still working on mastering the technique, getting the armiture covered and still keep the bulk down is a problem for me. But practicing is fun, so I guess I'll just keep going till I get it right.