Welcome to my world of wool sculptures!

My name is Anna and this is a short introduction about myself and my needle felting.

THE BEGINNING

The very first time I touched soft wool, I didn't want to put it down. Wool is the most versatile material there is. It is environmentally friendly and great to work with! I'm a busy mum of three boys, so felting also gives me some head space. It's like meditation for me. 

WHAT IS NEEDLE FELTING 

If you are new to needle felting, this is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibres to form a more condensed material.  When you stab the needle into the wool, the barbs pull and push the wool fibres until it all becomes dense. It's basically sculpting out of wool but instead of soap and water (wet felting), the fibres are shaped by a needle. It is a time-consuming process. You have to stab and poke wool several hundred and thousand times to get the desired shape. The simplest 10 cm tall cat ornament needs at least 10.000 stabs. (And hopefully none of these will end up in my finger! Ouch!)

 

MY INSPIRATIONS

First, I was making lots of cats (long story). This is how my shop got its name, and even though I have moved on to other subjects by now, the name has stuck. My favourite subject at the moment is all relating to walnut shells. I'm playing a lot with this natural 'frame' to my felted objects, Wool creatures love all things that you find in nature, be it an acorn or an egg shell. I also like experimenting with more modern exciting materials, such as Angelina fibre or tulle. 

THE SHOP

I opened my shop at the on-line platform, Etsy in 2017. When I'm writing this, I'm close to 1000 sales. This is a dream come true and I'm so grateful to all my lovely customers! Everything I sell has been handmade by me in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England - the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Mind you, I even have a Shakespeare cat in my shop!

SHARING THE KNOWLEDGE

I have been invited in the past to hold workshops and show the techniques I had learned and developed over the years. I enjoyed these so much that recently I've decided to create on-line courses and tutorials to make this wonderful hobby available to a wider audience. Soon I'll share my tutorials and courses here, so if you are interested, make sure to subscribe to my e-mail list and follow me on social media. Hope to 'see' you soon! 

With love,

Anna

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