Needle Felted Ocean Art Created by Second Grade Kids

Needle Felted Ocean Art by Cheryl Bowen and South Alabama Second Graders featured on

We’re always thrilled when kids and educators take an interest in fiber arts, and that’s why we were happy to receive this note from alpaca farm owner Cheryl Bowen:

“My husband and I have a small alpaca farm, Humming Star Alpacas in Silverhill, AL. We are excited to say there has been a lot of new interest in the fiber arts in our area (South Alabama). Several of the local schools, both private and public, are initiating bringing fiber arts into their curriculum.

I recently was asked to team up with a friend and a 2nd grade art teacher to teach the children about alpacas and their fiber — how to raise, harvest, wash, pick, card, dye and needle felt. While we used fiber from the alpacas we raise for this picture/felted piece, all the felting tools/supplies and other fiber supplies (silk, bamboo, some wool) we used we bought from Living Felt.

Forty-five 2nd graders learned to pick, card, and dye fiber and then to use it in a needle-felted art piece. Parents and teachers were inspired and they now have your business cards to order their supplies 🙂

I just had to share the finished piece with you! We are so proud of these children!”

— Cheryl Bowen, Alabama

Cheryl is teaching another program this year, we look forward to seeing what she and her students make!

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