We recently had a chance to visit with Egle Apanaviciene who lives in Lithuania.
She is a graduate in fashion design and besides her felting, she creates wedding dresses. It was as a fashion student that she discovered felting and began creating gifts for special occasions.
About her dolls, Egle says:
“When I start the process I do not have a clear vision of the result but have great satisfaction in my work.”
“Each doll is unique. I put not only work in them but also sentiment and love. That is why it is hard to part with them. Mostly I give them as gifts to special people.”
Egle may spend up to 2 or even 3 months to create one doll, she shares,
“It takes a lot of patience but the results are always rewarding.”
For her own personal goals, Egle says she wants to “excel” and she feels “the creations in wool are limitless.”
Her encouraging words for others who are interested in needle felting:
“Patience and more patience. It is most important for me not only he result but the process of achieving it. And this process is the most satisfying creative reward.”
You can follow her online via her facebook page:
An amazing needle felted frog sculpture from our friend Giovanna Montalbetti in Barcelona, Spain.
“This is my latest piece, a birthday frog for my Mom. She collects frogs and toads
but I hadn’t felted her a realistic frog yet so… The green I achieved by mixing Lima Bean, Olive
and Garden Ivy merino top fibres. I used some spare orange wool from a LF slipper kit to do the belly
and toe shading. Although I usually felt eyes too, this time I settled for some spare plastic ones
I had around in order to give the piece some extra shine.”
Sandra Bell of Florida literally just started felting…in JULY of this year.
We remember the day she called and ordered a beginner kit for needle felting,
then the basic needle felting starter kit and more supplies including felting needles and an earth tones pack.
Since then she has stocked her studio with an impressive array of wool and tools,
including the coveted Studio Builder ….and just look what she has made!
“Mountain Lion – Brother Cougar is needle felted with Living Felt Merino wool and roving.
Also used are feathers, leather, grapevine wreath, glass eyes, hemp cord and needle.
Brother Cougar as shown is the guardian of sleeping children; the colored needle felted necklace
has been soaked in aroma therapy oil and can be removed and placed on the child for safety throughout the day.”
Angela Melanson is the artist at Lala & Gleen Productions; we love the whimsy and humor she brings to her felted pictures and other art works. Angela says ” I am lucky to spend my creative life in Nova Scotia, Canada living amongst the Acadian Forest and its’ woodland creatures. It is from this vantage point where I find great inspiration – the native rabbits and birds as well as imagined creatures keep my mind full of ideas with a longing to understand the relationship between humans, animals and the environment.”
Angela is a formally trained textile artist and self-taught painter — her works included felted art, textile art and paintings. “Each piece I create is made with the environment in mind by using recycled materials, locally grown wool, or water based paints & inks. All art created by me is made using healthy art practices.”
Rituals of the Every Day
You can see more from Angela, follow her and even request a commission:
on facebook: www.facebook.com/lalaandgleen
her blog: http://lalaandgleen.blogspot.com
Shelly Schwartz of Michigan has always loved giraffes and has sculpted them many times from clay,
but she only recently discovered needle felting on Etsy and started felting animals just a few months ago.
Shelly shares, “This giraffe is the fifth animal I needle felted, from the supplies I purchased from Living Felt. I would like to make a tiger someday, but the spots on the giraffe took so long to do that it may be a while before I get inspired for another spotted or striped animal.”
The giraffe was sculpted over a wire armature with MC-1 Felting Batts in: Natural Cotton, Winter Grey and Black Onyx. Her spots are NZ Corriedale Toffee and her tail has black Tibetan Lamb’s wool. She is a little over 12 inches tall.
Shelley generously shared some tips on how she used the long fibers of NZ Corriedale to make such tiny spots:
“I pulled off small amounts and rolled them into a ball, tucking in the loose fibers as I rolled them, then tacked them on with either a 38 star [felting] needle and 40 triangle depending on the size of the spots. Then I used the pink pen tool to tighten them down and smooth them better. For the mane, I only cut the fibers after I attached the mane to her neck.”
“I love needle felting and Living Felt has made things so easy to get started and has all of the supplies and colors that I need to bring my critters to life. Thank you for inspiring me every week through your emails.” ~ Shelly
Follow Shelly on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rainabedaina/
This precious needle felted pup comes to us from Katen Lindenmuth …Jessica says, “It is such a joy to make a likeness of someone’s beloved pet, but the most touching part of my work is seeing the expression (and sometimes tears) on the person’s face when they hold the sculpture in their hands for the first time! Woolly Warm Fuzzies & the art of Kate Lindenmuth”
You can see more on her facebook page: