Felter Skelter: Best of Etsy (Part II)

by Zoe Williams on 15 June 2014

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

It’s time for another installment of Best of Etsy! This time, I’ve chosen to highlight some of the more realistic creature creations. I think I gravitate to these because it’s so delightful to discover that something is made of felt after thinking it was a photo at first glance. These artists are adept at capturing fur, feathers, skin, and shell. Squint your eyes, and they will become real!

Daria Lvovsky, needle felted vulture Daria Lvovsky, needle felted jackrabbit Daria Lvovsky, needle felted vulture

These three are the work of Daria Lvovsky and they are some of my favorite pieces of needle felt artwork. The wool is so raw, yet somehow each piece manages to look strikingly lifelike. The vultures in particular are outstanding — each wisp of wool seems both unfinished and intentional. The overall effect is pretty mind-blowing; even after years spent working with fiber, this kind of loose technique completely eludes me. See more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/darialvovsky

Yvonnes Workshop, needle felted frog Yvonnes Workshop, needle felted snail Yvonnes Workshop, needle felted anteater

The next three are from Yvonne’s Workshop. Yvonne has an incredible talent with texture and color. The subtle mottling of color makes the skin of the frog and snail almost appear smooth, defying the wool’s inherent fuzziness, while the anteater is just the opposite, seeming to have both short and long fur! See more of her creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YvonnesWorkshop

Hannah Stiles/Ainigmati, needle felted fox familyHannah Stiles/Ainigmati, needle felted quail Hannah Stiles/Ainigmati, needle felted sandpiper

The final three are from Hannah Stiles/Ainigmati. Whether it’s feathers or fur, each piece is perfectly executed, but they also appear sort of soulful, gazing out from their slightly larger than life eyes. These creatures are clearly beloved by their creator, so it was no surprise to learn that Hannah’s-subjects are animals that she herself encounters on her farm and in the surrounding countryside. I think it’s wonderful that she puts her love of animals into each piece, AND that she is able to work with wool that she collects from her own flock of sheep! Read more about Hannah and see more of her work (although be warned, she has quite the waiting list!) at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ainigmati

As always, thanks for reading!

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Zoe Williams

Zoe 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.

Zoe Williams
Zoe 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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