I am a creative person who always makes things. I am a beading artist who fell in love with needle felting and hasn't been been able to stop ever since. Being a biologist I love nature, all living things but I could literally never hurt a fly. Needle felting lets me recreate animals and bring their beauty to many homes. I also love cute, emotional things that express deep feelings, so I design and make them for everyone to enjoy.
I run this shop with my daughter who helps me with UX design and takes our products to art fairs around Seattle. We live in different countries but love working together!
My animal sculptures are one-of-a-kind, hand crafted works of art. Each sculpture takes from 8 hours for the very small pieces to several weeks for the larger pieces. Some sculptures have a wire armature inside which holds its shape after being bent thus allowing for poses. Many of the sculptures, especially the smaller pieces, are 100% fiber, with no armatures.
I do not use any electric tools to speed up the process of needle felting giving you a much better quality. Thank you for stopping by!
What is needle felting?
Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material called felt. Felting needles are used to entangle the fibers. As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into place. It literally takes thousands of pokes and hours and hours to reach a one-of-a-kind soft sculpture. Objects can be flat or three dimensional; fun or functional. The possibilities are truly endless.
Durability of felted items:
I felt my items "firm", which takes much more time and wool than "soft", gives them better quality and makes them more durable.
You are sure to enjoy my felted items for a long time if following the proper handling suggestions below.
- The best way to care for your wool sculpture and guarantee they will last for years to come is to handle them with care. Most wool sculptures are not meant to be given to children, but I do my best to make my sculptures able to stand up to to gently play from a child who knows how to take care of toys.
- Never pull on fur, hair, limbs, ribbon, or wire decorations on your sculpture. Moving well attached limbs gently is acceptable, but never push them past their limits or yank on them.
- Some of my sculptures have a wire armature for added stability. These can have their poses mildly adjusted by gently pushing, twisting, or pulling the limbs to the desired position. Never push past resistance.
- Sculptures that have long hair or fur should be given extra care when handling since over-handling will cause the fur to felt down.
Care & Cleaning:
- It is best to display your sculpture away from direct sunlight to prevent the fading of colors.
- Do not brush your sculptures, especially sculptures that have been furred or have long hair, with a comb or brush. Doing so will cause some fibers to pull loose and fall off of your sculpture. If done repeatedly the sculpture will eventually go bald or become damaged. If you need get fur back into place you may gently smooth it in the direction wished with your fingers or a clean, soft make up or paint brush.
- Do not let your sculpture come in contact with sticky or snagging substances such as tape and velcro. If your sculpture ever does become entwined with an object such as velcro remove as slowly and gently as possible, unwinding the fibers as you go. If you must pull, do your best to hold the fibers down to the sculpture to keep them from ripping away.
- Keep your wool sculpture away from dirt and liquids. If your sculpture does get dirty or stained you can clean the area by first gently brushing away all surface dirt with a clean, soft make-up or paint brush then gently cleaning the stain with a q-tip that has been dampened with cool water.
- If the stain still remains, you can add a tiny, minuscule even, amount of Woolite laundry detergent to your q-tip and very gently try to clean the stain. Please be aware that water and friction, especially hot, soapy water will cause felting to occur and can reshape your sculpture.
- Your sculpture should not be soaked or more than damp from cleaning, but be sure to dry it thoroughly. Soak up any extra water by gently pressing a paper towel to the area. Hair dryers and direct sunlight are not recommended.
- Never soak your sculpture or put it through the washer or dryer UNLESS your product is a dryer ball or washable ball toy since this will cause irreparable damage to your sculpture.