Kiyoshi Mino needlefelting

August 1 / 2-4 / 5-7 , 2019

almost lifelike

Kiyoshi Mino from the USA has mastered himself in the needlefelting technique. He is known for his almost lifelike needle felted animals. In 2019 he will be exclusive in Europe for only atelier Fiberfusing in the Netherlands. Learn from a professional and passionated needlefelt artist!

advanced techniques

In each 3day class you will learn advanced needle felting techniques. Special attention will be on how to finish the outer skin, his speciality. There will be a hand-out instruction for all the steps in the proces.

August 1 - basic needlefelting Kiyoshi style - little cathead )*

August 2-4 - needlefelting an European Owl

August 5-7 - needlefelting a Cheetah

The students should have at least a basic knowledge of sculptural needle felting and at least a few months of experience*. Here is a list of some of the skills the students will learn during the advanced classes:

-Planning and constructing a wire armature

-Sculpting complex 3-dimensional shapes using wool and felting needle

-Creating expressive eyes and faces

-Creating realistic fur (mammal class only)

-Creating and styling long, protruding fur (mammal class only)

-Creating complex 2-dimensional feather patterns (bird class only)

-Creating individual feathers using wool (bird class only)

* for fun or for beginners, take the 1day course and learn how Kiyoshi is making needlefelt.

one day class in basic techniques

This one day basic workshop in needlefelting is a good start to learn about all the basic techniques in needlefelting. You will learn from a self-mastered artist Kiyoshi Mino. If you want to follow the 3day workshop in making a bird or mamal and you are not sure if you’re expereinced enough, this class will give you the skills to join the 3day class.


Needle felting is an artform that allows one to sculpt with wool. It involves poking clumps of wool with a barbed needle which catches the fibers and causes them to entangle and hook together. The more you poke the clump of wool the more entangled the fibers get, causing the wool to shrink and increase in density. This is made possible by the fact that wool fibers have microscopic scales that will hook onto other fibers. (see video below)

About Kiyoshi Mino

I am a needle felt artist and organic farmer based in Central Illinois.In January 2011 I learned about needle felting at a farmer training program my wife and I attended in Massachusetts. I had never even heard of needle felting prior to the class but I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and wool is a perfect medium for sculpting them.


All workshops are being taught in Dutch and/or English. We will serve fresh coffee and homemade lunches, with healthy salades, farmers bread and several Dutch cheeses.

disclamer : Images are not exemplary of products that will be exactly made by participants

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