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.
What a gorgeous giraffe Tammy Saulnier needle felted for a gift!
“This piece was made for my sister for Christmas she loves her giraffes.
She cried when she opened it ….what a warm fuzzy feeling 🙂
When you don’t have a lot of money it is awesome to give a gift truly from the heart.
It is made over a wire armature and completely pose-able.
I used Living Felt core wool for the base
and used coffee to dye some of the “Merino Cross Fast Felting Batts“
for the brown I wanted ( as you can see the core wool dyed wonderfully for me.)”
Tammy Saulnier, Canada
See More from Tammy in her etsy shop: DragonSongStudio
Anne Franklin of North Carolina really stole our hearts with this little guy….
a precious needle felted red panda. Anne says she uses
Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool, and MC-1 Batts in Black Onyx,
Cinnamon Brown and Caramel. Adorable!!
Carol Rossi in Colorado never ceases to awe and inspire us with her
brilliant and lively needle felted animals. On our blog you will find
a number of her fantastic and realistic felts.
“The Thylacine was made with your wonderful core wool inside around a wire skeleton.
He was then finished with your New Zealand Corriedale Wool
in warm browns and butterscotches. He has glass eyes…
The Lion and the Unicorn were also made with your core wool
and wire skeletons and finished with your New Zealand Corriedale wool.
The Unicorn has hand sculpted horn and hooves made out of an epoxy putty.
His mane and tail are made from your Tussah Silk. They also have glass eyes.
I love your wool! It’s the best!”
Carol Rossi, Colorado
Find Carol on etsy under Fine Felted Critters,
or ebay under Vailrossi
For the last few years we have delighted in sharing with you the wonderful
and realistic needle felted animals by Megan Nedds. She makes them poseable
and so alive in their expressions! These two darling baby elephants are
Tyson and Toby the African elephant calves, a recent commission
made with Living Felt MC-1 Willow.
“I love working with Living Felt’s MC-1 fast felting batts because
they are the perfect consistency for felting. They are so soft and the colors are perfect.
When I use them, I know my sculptures will turn out great!”
Megan Nedds, Ohio
Find Megan on etsy and facebook under The Woolen Wagon
We’re always thrilled when kids and educators take an interest in fiber arts, and that’s why we were happy to receive this note from alpaca farm owner Cheryl Bowen:
“My husband and I have a small alpaca farm, Humming Star Alpacas in Silverhill, AL. We are excited to say there has been a lot of new interest in the fiber arts in our area (South Alabama). Several of the local schools, both private and public, are initiating bringing fiber arts into their curriculum.
I recently was asked to team up with a friend and a 2nd grade art teacher to teach the children about alpacas and their fiber — how to raise, harvest, wash, pick, card, dye and needle felt. While we used fiber from the alpacas we raise for this picture/felted piece, all the felting tools/supplies and other fiber supplies (silk, bamboo, some wool) we used we bought from Living Felt.
Forty-five 2nd graders learned to pick, card, and dye fiber and then to use it in a needle-felted art piece. Parents and teachers were inspired and they now have your business cards to order their supplies 🙂
I just had to share the finished piece with you! We are so proud of these children!”
— Cheryl Bowen, Alabama
Cheryl is teaching another program this year, we look forward to seeing what she and her students make!