Kind of. If you hold them when there in a ball it definetly isnt like holding a cloud, it feels like blunt needles. But dont let this deter you, the better they know you the less they ball up and the less there quills will stand up. You can actually pat them, they kind of feel like a hair brush.
Its easier than it looks. Hedgehogs cant see very well, so putting your hand underneath their noses so they can smell you and then sliding your hand under them is a great way to pick them up. If they are in a ball, lay them legs down on a flat surface, like your belly for instance, let them slowly unball and then do the first step. Try not to touch them from behind first, it will probably scare them and they will either huff, hiss or ball up. To hold them on their backs, I like to start out patting their forheads with my whole hand and then when your hand is in the middle of their back flip them over. They usually aren't thrilled about this, lol. But they are very cute.
ARE HEDGEHOGS REALLY SMALL PORCUPINES? OR ARE THEY RELATED?
HOW DO YOU HOLD A HEDGEHOG?
No, and no. Its a common misconception, so no worries. Hedgehogs cant shoot their quills, they are actually just very well built hair follicals. Hedgehogs are also part of the shrew family, while porcupines are part of the hystricognathi, rodent family.