On Saturday I had a real treat, I went with a friend to take a class with the very talented
Jenny Barnett, I loved being the student for a change.
The myth of the Moon gazing hare reflects ancient beliefs. Pagans believed that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new beginnings and good fortune. The symbol of the moon gazing hare is almost universal meaning fertility and dates back to ancient times. The hare is always an attribute of lunar deities. The moon-gazing hare was especially important to early Britons. In nature hares can be seen and in ancient times, often seen in this "moon gazing" pose. Chinese moon gazing hares were thought of as gazing up at what he sees as his ancient ancestor in the moon.
We made needle felted hares in a three hour class,
I've probably done a couple of hours at home but she still needs a bit of work and a few whiskers.
I did City & Guilds Feltmaking a while ago and I've done a little bit of needle felt but I've used it more on embellishment and repair, I'm more of a wet felter!
I loved this and I expect I'll be doing more, this is why I love wool completely.
To make this hare I used a felting needle - barbs on the end, sheep wool, a couple of beads
and a lot of elbow grease.