Using wool felt as a medium for 'painting' an image involves a subtle blending of fibres and sculpting of the wool to create a picture. The wool is slowly layered onto a felt or fabric base using a barbed felting needle or a small tool which has a cluster of several needles. Single needles in various thicknesses are used to develop the detail as the picture is built up, similar in many ways to using paint.
Inspiration usually starts with observational photographs, sketches and paintings which are then developed as a felted composition.
I also enjoy sculpting 3-d items from wool using needle felting methods and make small items such as brooches, birds, hares and Christmas figures. These are popular subjects at my workshops so if you would like to learn to needle felt please visit my workshop pages.
Often I am asked to produce wool art pictures of a particular place as a special commission. Providing I feel my style lends itself to the location, I am delighted to be involved in these projects. As the 7th wedding anniversary is sometimes known as the 'Wool ' anniversary my work is in demand for these occasions.
Many original felt pieces are now in private collections in both in Europe and the USA and some of the most popular images are available in print form as cards, coasters and place mats which can be purchased here.
I give workshops in wool art techniques from time to time. If you think you might be interested in learning more about needle felting please contact me and I will add you to my mailing list for priority news of upcoming sessions. Equally, if you belong to a group who would be interested in a talk or workshop get in touch and I can arrange a special class according to your needs.