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The new featured creature is by you! Or it could be.... Come join the Basic Needle Felting class at Raina’s Textile House in Berkeley, California, on July 30. For just $60, you’ll have a chance to make a real-looking animal on an armature-and learn basic wire sculpture, wool handling, needle work, wet felting, and detailing (including beeswax nose and toes) in the process.

Materials provided. You’ll have needles, felting cushion, and some wool to take home and play with.

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Welcome to the Salamander Feltworks, where fiber and imagination blend to bring a world to life via the craft of needle felting backed up by wire sculpture. Needle felting takes advantage of wool’s natural tooth — the little flanges along each fiber that make it want to hold on to its own kind — to build solid structures out of fluffy wisps. The wire sculpture creates flexible steel armatures that make it possible to pose the creatures and capture the appearance of arrested motion. For more on the process, see In the Workshop.

Is there a creature in your heart or home that you’d like to see and keep in felt? A pet? A mythological or heraldic beast? Something from a song or dream or story? E-mail the Salamander and describe what you have in mind. The Salamander may help it come alive for you....