A wish, some clay sculptures, wool, and creativity connect 4 generations.
This incredible owl cape has quite a story!
“My mother was the initial inspiration for the Owl Cape,
along with the fact that my daughter loves the barn owl.
My mother passed last year due to aggressive lung cancer;
before she left us, she requested that I create something with the
“Clay Owl eyes and beak” she’d had for some twenty plus years.
She said, “I know you will make something special out of these”.
I was to make something for my eldest daughter, Kat,
as she lives in Ontario and we live in British Columbia about 3,000 miles away.
Kat, my daughter, was not able to make it out to see her Grand-mother (my mom)
before she passed; my mother wanted to leave her something really special.
I purchased most of the wool to make this cape from Living Felt.
I love the large pre-felt piece. It made shaping the wings
and hood a simpler task.I needle felted the piece first
and then completed it with wet felt technique.
The person that is modelling the Owl cape is my Grand-daugher, Juliette…
I have attached photos of what the cape looked like whilst I was working on it.
I will be making more of these kinds of Totem Wear
here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and hopefully
starting my web page this coming week.
(We will post Maggie’s website when she makes it available!)
Hand-made felt incorporated with knitting, crochet, beading, metal work and other art forms is wonderful to see & share! We hope you enjoy this sampling from a variety of talented artists.
In this stylish and elegant felt shawl, Angelina Pronina combines felting with crochet
for a one of a kind work of wearable art. This pic from her etsy shop: ProninA Designs
Ingridi Kasitooblogi Felt Aquarium Mixed Media
This beautiful work by Ingridi Käsitööblogi was an exploration and adventure.
She was working on an art challenge and chose the theme “Aqua” when the inspiration came
to create coral reefs. She began with crocheting, and later decided on an oval shaped felted bag.
We love the incorporation of hand-stitching and beading as well.
Ingridi Kasitooblogi Felt Aquarium Mixed Media
Ingridi is in Estonia and her blog requires translation, and we did not find much more felt work there, but she is a talented artist indeed. You can see more of her work here: http://ingridisetegija.blogspot.com/
Chad Alice Hagen Felt Brooches, Mixed Media
Great inspiration from well-known feltmaker, teacher and author Chad Alice Hagen.
These little brooches are each a work of art in themselves. We love how
the variations in the color of the felt coincide with the stitching and beadwork.
BTW – this pic actually came from the Bead Lust Blog, she purchased these from Chad
~ we recommend any of Chad’s books!
You can see & buy her work on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChadAliceHagen
of Follow Chad on facebook
Jackie Cardy Textiles Mixed Media Felt
This gorgeous felt with with stitching and embroidery is by Jacke Cardy…wow!
Follow her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackiecardytextiles
Sara Aires Mixed Media Felt Beads with Crochet and beadwork
Sara Aires says she studied sculpture but does not practice it; instead she loves mixing up
different crafting techniques – like in these wonderful felt baubles with crochet and bead work.
Visit her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ch-en/shop/saraaire
This vibrant and life-like undersea picture is a wet and needle felted wall hanging by Lisa Shanor of Casper, Wyoming.
She wet felted the base with a Wet Felting Project Batt, then needle felted the details over it with Livng Felt Merino Cross Batts in a variety of blues, True Olive and Meadow Green. Lisa says, “So much fun, it’s like painting with wool!”
This is a beautiful project and we thank you for sharing it with us, Lisa!
–>if you follow our blog or newsletter, you might recall that Lisa felted the picture of a vase of flowers,
and how wonderful the stems looked in the water…brilliant!
This amazing needle felted elephant was made by Megan Nedds of Ohio! How well she has captured the grace and gentle spirit of these incredibly large animals.
Megan spent a few weeks to needle felt Penelope and used Living Felt Merino Cross Batt Willow and Variety Pack Needles.
Megan says, “I love nature and animals, and I love to try and express this through my art.”
This little needle felted fawn is “Bentley”. He was made by needle felting over a wire armature with wool used from the Living Felt Earth Tones pack of MC-1 felting wool. We think she did a fantastic job expressing her love of animals!
If you would like to see more of Megan’s amazing work, visit her Etsy Shop!
Look at this beautiful Zebra needle felted by Sue Carey of Vermont!
She needle felted it using Living Felt New Zealand Corriedale Black and the white was used from her very own Cotswold sheep that she raises herself!
Thank you for sharing this amazing creation with us! We hope to see many more soon! 🙂
Look at this amazing needle felted Gandalf doll from Lord of the Rings made by Geri Williams of Washington!
Geri needle felted him using Living Felt Core Wool, Clover Needle Felting Brush Mat, and New Zealand Corriedale Natural Medium. She used dry pastel chalks to color the face and hands.
Geri teaches a needle felting workshop in Fort Worth, Texas to spread the wonderful art of felting!
Geri says, “I have loved the Lord of the Rings books since reading them with my sons. When the movies came out, Gandalf was just as I had imagined him: strong, kind, mischievous, with a twinkle in his eye…so like my grandpa, Charles Marion. I had to try!”
Thank you for your fantastic artwork with us! We hope to see many more in the future!
These breathtaking self proclaimed “wool paintings” were wet felted by Pam Bealer of Alaska! This is her precious (late) best friend Gwynlan.
Pam started off weaving and knitting, which lead to a love of all fiber arts, especially felting! This sunset bear she wet felted is something she says she sees a lot in Alaska. Beautiful detail!
This satyr, named Buck, she needle felted to bring in the spring season! He is holding a tiny little earth because, “felting makes the world go ’round!”
It sure does Pam!