Needle Felted Figure [multi session]

Take your needle felting to the next level by creating an expressive animal or human figure.


$155.00 per person

Per Session:

2h 30min

About this experience

Needle felting is an easy to learn technique of sculpting wool fibers using barbed needles. Sonia will teach you all the basics and guide you through her unique techniques of wrapping wool roving around wire to sculpt an expressive and relatable doll or animal. Each session will include a little movement and guided meditation to transition from the outside world to your inner creative world. You may create an animal that reflects your connection to an animal spirit, a doll that is an expression of your whole self or simply a lovely animal/doll for someone special. Poking the needle into the wool is meditative and a great release of tension. No need to "be an artist" to create something you feel wonderful about- playing with the wool is very forgiving and empowers everyone at whatever level to reconnect with your inner artist/ creative side.

Working with this natural material is fun and cathartic, and a great way to bond with your family and friends. Intergenerational pairs such as parent-child, grandparent-grandchild are especially encouraged.


This is a 3-SESSION workshop that meets on all of the following dates (apologies for the confusion - our event booking app is working on making this clearer in the future!). By signing up for this $155 workshop you are signing up for 7.5 hours of class over the following dates.

Thursday - MAY 7 // 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Thursday - MAY 14 // 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Thursday - MAY 21 // 6:30PM - 9:00PM


Age 8+ and all levels welcome - this is a beginner class - no previous knowledge is required. Price includes thoughtfully sourced materials (no additional materials fees). Students also get a one-time use 15% off discount card for use during and up to two weeks following the last class session!

All classes meet at our shop at 606 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia PA 19119 - in the heart of Mt. Airy Village. There is plenty of free on-street parking as well as High Point Cafe and Weaver's Way Co-op steps away for your food and beverage needs. Kiddos are always welcome to hang in the shop!

CANCELLATION POLICY // Wild Hand is happy to offer a store credit refund for cancellations made a week or more in advance. For cancellations made less than a week in advance we can offer a 50% store credit refund.

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SONIA GORDON-WALINSKY (@soniagordonwalinsky) is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator working primarily in wool, paper and clay. With a focus on moving beyond society's mainstream beauty standards, her gray-haired dolls, gender-neutral dolls and dolls of people with missing limbs make visible the often invisible and express the beauty that lies within each and every human being. Sonia and her mother, ceramic artist Nina Gordon, collaborate together in the creation of wool dolls with clay sculpture. Their work is currently on exhibit at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC.