Felted Taxidermy Kit: Animal on a Plaque
A felted taxidermy snimal or creature on a plaque is a fun project that combines needle felting and woodworking. The Magic Trout Imaginarium created this project in partnership with the Industry Training Authority (ITA Youth) for the ITA Maker Club Manual.
The Maker Club Manual
Features 6 fun maker projects created by local makers. Explore woodworking, electrical, metal work and automotive concepts and skills. The most popular project in the manual is the felted taxidermy creatures on a plaque (aka 'Creepy Creatures on a Plaque').
Over the past several year we've travelled all over BC teaching workshops based on this manual.
WHAT IS NEEDLE FELTING?
Needle felting involves using a sharp barbed needle to sculpt and shape wool roving into 3D shapes like animals, landscapes, food, or even masks or clothing. Many people we’ve taught to felt at workshops at schools, libraries and event comment on how easy and stress relieving it is! A little stabbing really gets the stress out; hence why teachers love felting so much!
Wool is a material for knitting, weaving, crocheting and even wet felting. Surprisingly, the phenomenon of needle felting only came about with the invention of the industrial felting machine. Someone, somewhere got the brilliant idea to remove a single needle from the machine and use it to sculpt.
In needle felting, it is best to use wool that catches easily on felting needles. All of the Magic Trout Imaginarium’s felting kits use Corriedale wool which is sustainable. Our wool is sourced from Ashford in New Zealand. Best of all, shford wool is colored with natural non toxic dyes.
Once you learn the art of felting you can move onto creating your own wonderous wool creations. Check out our blog for tutorials as well as our gallery to see all the fun projects you could create with wool! We also have a Youtube channel, Instagram and Pinterest
Still not convinced? Read about why wool is so awesome here