Felter Skelter

Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

Happy Holidays! I’ve gathered some of my favorite holiday needle felt creations for this month’s column – I hope that you enjoy them. Here’s to a wild, wonderful, and wooly year, and see you again in 2015!

Felt Me Up Designs Felt Me Up Designs

Handmade by NovemberHandmade by November

Kit LaneKit Lane

Presents with PawsPresents with Paws

ShishLOOKdesignShishLOOKdesign

Two Sad DonkeysTwo Sad Donkeys

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

For this month’s column, I’ve selected some of my favorite fantasy felt artwork. These are some of the most imaginative needle felt creations I’ve come across, full of wonderful detail and expression.

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“My Arm Can Fly” is the work of artist Sarah “Wolfie” Strub. She creates one of a kind fantasy monsters like “Flox” and “Dream Snake” above. I love the integration of clay and mixed media into the felt sculptures. You can find more of her work on Etsy, plus some excellent process photos on Tumblr and Facebook. Links at myarmcanfly.net

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Above are works from “Soranokobako” by artist Mamoru. My particular favorites are the curly-haired birds and unicorn pig! I only wish larger photos were available to see more of the detail. More at http://soranokobako.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ (in Japanese)

Fluffy FuzzyFluffy FuzzyFluffy Fuzzy

“Fluffy Fuzzy”  is the work of needle felt artist Veverka. Her fantasy creatures are inspired by animals and nature. I’m completely charmed by the sweet smiling face of her “Garden Gnome”. For more, check out her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FluffyFuzzy

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s installment of Felter Skelter!

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!
I was recently invited to join the Etsy Plush Team! Of course I accepted and I’ve been having a great time getting to know the other plush artists and creating one of a kind minis for the team’s challenges. Joining me on the Etsy Plush Team are several other needle felt artists, so I am excited to show you some of their work in this month’s column.

Always Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar Coated is the work of Chrissy Mahuna (you may also know her as Felted Chicken). She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently resides in Hollywood, CA. In addition to her wonderful needle felt artwork, she also works as a scenic sculptor for movies, theme parks, and musical performances. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.

Hine MizushimaHine MizushimaHine03Hine MizushimaHine Mizushima originally hails from Japan, where she was trained in traditional painting. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC where she now works as a needle felt sculptor, crafter, and stop-motion puppet animation video artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and she has also produced a number of music video animations, including several for They Might Be Giants. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.

Squirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrelMomma, aka Amy Williams, says “I make stuff to keep from becoming like the confused squirrel in the middle of the road who can’t remember which direction she was heading!” She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a former metalsmith. She uses needle felt to create one of a kind creatures that each have a story to tell. You can find more of her work in her Etsy shop.

Zoë Williams

Finally, here’s a peek at one of my own mini sculptures, created especially for the Plush Team shop. “Sugarbunny” was part of the team’s fall Day of the Dead challenge. Check out the Plush Team website and be sure to follow the team shop on Etsy for more one of a kind plush and soft sculpture!

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

One of the things I love most about needle felt is its versatility. With a little practice, it is possible to shape wool felt into any number of things – from hyperrealistic miniature animals to illustrations translated into sculpture. It’s always exciting to see something new, and as I am particularly fond of the strange and surreal, I’m dedicating this column to the “wonderfully weird.”

Natasha Krajacec, ShishLOOKdesign Natasha Krajacec, ShishLOOKdesign Natasha Krajacec, ShishLOOKdesignNatasha Krajacec (Croatia) uses needle felt and clay to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. A love of nature and animals is clearly evident in these sweet creations, which are completely wonderful, but my favorite pieces are the ones that are a little weird! Animal heads in little cups! See more in her shop, ShishLOOKdesign.

Cristina Toro, Feltíriums Bazar Cristina Toro, Feltíriums Bazar Cristina Toro, Feltíriums BazarCristina Toro (Chile) creates needle felt sculptures with a fantasy theme. Cat people, little troll-like creatures, and other oddities come together to form her own magical world. I particularly love her “Peludithyums” (third photo above), which she says were inspired by a local legend. See more in her shop, Feltíriums Bazar.

Jocelyn Gayle, Petit Felts Jocelyn Gayle, Petit Felts Jocelyn Gayle, Petit FeltsJocelyn Gayle (USA – New York) is the artist behind a wonderful menagerie of needle felt animals. Charming in their own right, what makes them really special is that they double as finger puppets! Seeing this wild assortment, each riding high atop a human finger, is just about as weirdly wonderful as it gets! See more at Petit Felts.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s Felter Skelter. As always, if you would like to recommend an artist for the column, or would like to submit your own portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact me. Happy Felting!

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Zoe Williams

Zoë Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on spirits, sacred creatures, and dreams. Her work is concerned with the intersection of the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. She lives and works in New York City.

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