YES YOU ARE. And when I figure it out I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS A DD. I do needle-felting. It's hard. I poke my fingers a lot. (Though I don't always feel it...stupid factory job is killing my fingers.) To make even halfway decent critters takes serious effort. I've seen so much less get DD, so this deserves it.
:3 Calluses are your friend. I don't draw blood nearly as much as I used to! I could say it is practice but in reality I believe it is hard-earned thick skin! Practice makes perfect, and more importantly: makes needle-felting less painful!
Thank you! (: I don't use patterns or anything like that. For Toothless, I did make a very, very simple sketch so I could make sure that his body would be proportional to his head. Other than that, everything is 'free-hand'.