We received a message from Rachele Misiti that shouted out with great exhuberance,
“…This is your wool!” Wow…we could not have predicted this!!
I used about 20 ozs of MC1 Bamboo MC-1 merino cross back and various shades from the Green merino cross studio pack. I began by making the “skin” by welt felting a large sheet using the variations in the greens to create depth.
I then wet felted the basic shape of the head by felting it over a rubber ball.
After this dried into the shape, I stuff the head shape with wool and hand sewed a bottom made of woven wool to later be attached to my son’s hoody.
At this point the real sculpting began, I needle felted the shape of the head and the features of his face to include wrinkles, the ridge of his mouth and his nose.
I made his eyes from sculpey, painted them w/ acrylic paint and then attached them to the face.
I continued to develop the folds/ wrinkles through loose stitches gathered around the head.
Next I sewed the head onto a small hoody and gently opened up a face hole for my son to peek out of, I hand sewed a seam to create a clean line.
This probably took about 20 hours of work but was worth it! I love working on large scale projects but even more to see my 4 ½ year old son so excited! He is a huge start wars fan and can’t wait until the movie comes out!”
Rachele Misiti, Texas
Erin Carlson of Fiber Art by Erin kicks off fall the season for us with her lively felted barnyard friends! Erin says that these cuties were made with Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts.
You might recognize some of these colors…and we LOVE what Erin makes with them! Erin takes custom orders and she sells her work at shows in Pennsylvania.
Doll and Sculpture week always brings to mind some truly great talents in our felting friends. Sue Stasiowski is another who so wonderfully captures real life in her needle felted sculptures.
“All my pieces are made with your batts, in fact, except for some local alpaca roving and occasionally silk and cashmere fiber, your batts are all I ever use. The quality is always excellent and I appreciate the great service.”
Sue does commission work and currently exhibits at Markings Gallery in Bath, Maine. You can see more of Sue’s work on her web site, Fiber Arts by Sue Stasiowski.
Jennifer Field of Jennifer Field Studios first captured our attention a few years ago with her stunning and artistic needle felted roosters, like the one above. She forges copper, creates hand blown glass, and now felts her creative expression into tangible works of art; Jennifer uses Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts a great deal in her birds and sculptures. Jennifer sells her work from her studio at Sanctuary Arts in Maine and at shows throughout the year.
Stay tuned for a workshop date with her at LF in Summer of 2016. The last one filled up right away…and what fun we had!!
It was an award-winning week for our Felting Friends!!
A big congratulations to Cindy Workman Palmatier of High Fiber Felting in Anchorage, Alaska!! She has been felting with us a few years now but has never entered her work in a competition. Her fabulous needle felted goat was just awarded THREE RIBBONS at the Alaska State Fair!! Blue Ribbon – 1st Place, Purple Ribbon – Division Champion, and Orange Ribbon = Superintendent’s Award … WOW!!!
“He is made with Living Felt wool. Thanks for your great product….I am so surprised, I’ve never entered anything in the fair before.”
– Cindy Palmatier, Alaska
Congratulations to Julie King whose gorgeous needle felted elk cow and calf took grand champion ribbons for the Division of Felting and the entire Fiber Arts Division!!
Julie King lives and creates her beautiful works among the wildlife where she lives in gorgeous Montana. She says these two were made with Living Felt MC-1 Batts.
Another big shout out of congratulations, this time to Michele Freeman for her award winning bear with needle felted face and paw pads…he is Pirate Bear ;> Argh!! :)
“Thanks to Living Felt for all they do! The awesome core wool and merino batt got my bear first place in his category of Pirate Bears in the International Teddy Bear Artist Awards. His face and paws are needle felted. The judge loved the feel of the wool! Thank you so much for great products and help whenever I have called!”
– Michele Freeman, Texas
A few years ago we interviewed Karen Lohn, author of Peace Fibres, about the multidimensional role that fiber work plays in developing relationships across cultures, generations, and in personal relationships. Karen recently contacted us about her wonderful needle felted mandala community art project that uses Living Felt fibers — a great example of how fiber connects people.
“The project was inspired by my own wish to do something meaningful, coupled with our church in transition, needing a symbol of unity and purpose; I proposed the mandala (actually conducted a church service around it) and set it up so that congregants could contribute throughout an entire year. It now hangs in the sanctuary and really was a meaningful project as well as symbol.
From that, other mandalas arose as various organizations expressed similar wishes. Each is unique, each begins as chaos which gradually becomes beauty as all contributions are valued and connected.
The mandalas are so representative of the theme of Peace Fibres (and, I think, of Living Felt) in that fibres serve as a medium of deep connection and meaning.”
Karen has helped groups such as church congregations, high school art classes, festival attendees, professional organizations, and healing groups create unifying mandalas. She has graciously shared a PDF about the needle felted mandala community art for anyone interested in the project.
You can see more of Karen’s work on her web site Peace Fibres.
We LOVE this felted hat by Evelyn Pinney in Colorado! She used our hat form and brim for needle felting and finish with wet felting. Just gorgeous!
“…my first wide brim hat with wet-felted hatband, using the Living Felt hat shape and supplies”
– Evelyn Pinney, Colorado