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Like painting with wool.
I began needle felting after I stumbled upon a kit at a thrift shop in 2018. I have always been an avid crafter, scooping up hobbies like crochet and painting as a way for my fidgety hands to keep busy. As I taught myself needle felting, I discovered it was like a combination of painting and 3D printing, just with wool. To felt, a special barbed needle is poked into the layers of wool, tangling it into a structured form.
At one point I decided to replicate my family’s pets. I found it fulfilling getting all the details right and seeing the look of surprise as I presented these specialty felt figurines. Soon, orders from friends and family began to roll in and I even felted portraits of people’s houseplants. I love the ideas people come to me with. It is a real treat to be sent photos of adorable pets as part of my job. While the pet figurines are quite special and make a great gift for everyone, sometimes I take a break and felt a few simple hearts and stick them in little glass bottles for quick easy gifts.
I also love to make tinygmai (tiny origami) paper cranes, stringing them onto jewelry or keeping them in small bottles. A lot of love goes into each item I make and I find it an honor to be able to share that love with the world.
Needle Felting and Beyond!
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