What a story … wait til you read how she needle felted her first items…can you say Pioneer Woman?!
“I saw some felting on Facebook a few months ago. I live on Vancouver island way out in the boonies on the west coast. I watched a video to see that I needed a needle with some barbs on it. so I found a hat pin and snagged it with some wire cutters. I made a hare and was quite proud of myself. I found a store that I drove two hours to get to. I went in and there sat six people with spinning wheels. I thought I had gone back in time.
Purchased a couple needles. He had a tough one and regular. It didn’t take me very long to see how restricted I was with the needles. I sew and I understand needles so I looked again on the Internet and found Living felt. I ordered lots of needles.
Now I can control and sculpt fine details. the needles make all the difference. I had a piece of wool fabric . I placed some little pictures of critters that I had traced on to wash away interfacing. It is very fine, not good enough for embroidery work. It felted right into the fabric mostly or just pulled off as I worked up the the edges of the bunny. I was surprised how quickly each animal worked up. Important to plan colours that will show up. Looking forward to my next project.”
– Susan Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
What gorgeous needle felted horses!
“This handsome gray is ready to join the herd. I love felting animals, especially horses. I use a wire armature, glass eyes, and polyclay hooves to add life to my wool. When I use batts that have a variegated color, like the grays that I used, it naturally gives a dapple pattern to the horse’s hide.
Thanks for all you provide,”
What an impressive sculpture and great composition – he looks amazing!
“At nearly 17 inches tall this moose is a MOOSE! He is currently on exhibit at the Bigfork Arts and Cultural Center in Bigfork, Montana.
I LOVE the MC-1 Earth Tones studio series batt pack I used to felt his coat! My inspiration comes from outside my front door in the wild places all around me in the great state of Montana.”
– Jill Spady, Montana
Montana Bear Felting on Etsy
Montana Bear Felting on Facebook
We are just blown away by this incredible work of art!
“Dear Living Felt,
Howdy, my submission is a needlefelted dog portrait of my neighbors dog Maximo. Maximo, the portrait, is 13″ x 7″ x 1/2″. Maximo, the dog, lives next door to us and the portrait was a surprise thank you gift to Maximo’s owner.
I have made several dog portraits, they are on my Instagram at “tinamarrin”, but for Maximo’s portrait I finally had some great bright white batts from Living Felt! The portraits take about 30 hours to make because I layer on the fibers a few hairs at a time. I love the subtle hair-by-hair changes when I lay in color, lights and darks. I layer and layer until the dog morphs into the real spirit of how he or she really looks.
I never charge for my portraits, they are a labor of love and always elicit a tender emotional response from their dog’s owner, that response is my payment.
Photo credit goes to my husband George Woods : )
Thank you so much!!”
Tina Marrin, California
This gorgeous needle felt “painting” was created by Pauline Crouse as part of her contribution to a fundraiser in Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary in Columbus, Mississippi. It is approximately 8″ x 10″ and needle felted onto commercial felt. She used Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts, and New Zealand Corriedale for this lovely work of art.
Artist: Pauline Crouse, Mississippi
on Facebook: brownbagbears
This little critter is formed on an 18 gauge wire armature, with 12 gauge wire for arms and fingers. Covered in CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 Cafe Au Lait and Mocha merino top as the soft fur.
You can also use NZ Corriedale, the bunny fluff, or other wools such as the alpaca and jacob shown below.
“This is the second giraffe I’ve felted. I love how odd and alien each of their features seem as I’m working, but when I stand back, it all comes together.
I used almost entirely your fast-felting batts and a yellow [42 Triangle] and green needle[40- Triangle] from your shop. I love how easily the fast felting batts work to bring things together—I’m trying to use up all my other wool so I can just use the fast felting batts from here on out!”
– Lauren Beach, Florida