Amazing Felted Clothing
Lubov Voronina was born in Ukraine and has been doing needlework since she was a young child. She has a technical education and was a teacher by trade. She began felting when she discovered the Internet and computers. Lubov had been sewing a lot, and found felt to be “a fantastic material for designers.”
For Lubov, or Lyba as she is also called, felt “opens up new possibilities for your creativity. Now I understand that my knowledge, skills and abilities help me to start a new fascinating business.”
Lubov attributes all of her achievements to her husband and daughter. Together, they have a small felting business called “Crow’s Nest” and their philosophy ” is to create new items, yet infuse each garment with the warmth of our hands and hearts.”
Their workshop is in Ivanovo, Russian Federation, which was previously the center of the textile industry in the USSR and is located approximately 300 km from Moscow.
“Crow’s Nest” is in one of the former textile factories and Lubov and her family are creating new garment designs, patterns for wet felting, creativity kits and providing onsite educational sessions.
Lubov shares that felt clothing is their main business, and she enjoys felting vests, long skirts and jackets. According to Lubov, “Seamless vests are the easiest thing to start with when making felt clothing; this pattern is basic for our kits for beginners. I also like experimenting with needle felting, embroidery, leather craft etc.”
For Crow’s Nest creations, Lubov uses only pure silk, leather, cotton, merino wool and lamb curls. She does not incorporate any synthetic materials. “I prefer wet felting method, but I’m also like mixing different materials. This is like a game – to see how it will turn out when finished.” For inspiration, Lubov shares that she always needs “a starting point” for a new piece. “This may be an interesting movie, a memorable melody, a favorite picture, etc. I like nature and spending time outdoors.”
We love to ask our experienced felt makers what they most often tell students, and towards this Lubov shares:
“I often repeat that felting process is similar to kneading the dough. It is interesting to observe how the wool in your hands turns into compliant clay from which you can sculpt anything. Feel yourself as a sculptor, remember that all your feelings are on your fingertips.”
Her words of encouragement for aspiring artists?
“Do not be afraid of experimenting and then you will have success.”
For Lubov, the Internet and felting have brought much,
“Thanks to the Internet I have met wonderful people. I think that my life has just begun.”
You can purchase felted garments and instruction from Lubov in her etsy shop:
You can also see some great free felting and nuno felt tutorials on her website:
As a final note, we noticed that her etsy shop was LybaV but she signs Lubov, and asked how she preferred to be called. She let us know that there are many variants to her name, “Lyba, Lubov, Lyubov, Liubov”, etc. and that all of them mean “love” in English :)”