This month I’ve brought you a beautiful collection of art dolls. I love to see how different artists incorporate needle felt in their creations. I hope you will enjoy these figurative sculptures as much as I do!
Are You Ready For Adventure?
Laurence Bergeot Veréb (FeltOohLaLa) uses needle felt along with sewn and knit items in her dolls. Her creations are intricately jointed and posable. Find more pictures on her website.
Jennifer Schermerhorn also uses felt in conjunction with fabric. She imbues her dolls with movement and energy, often pairing them with wild animals, to explore concepts of domestication and female identity. See more on her website.
Phoebe Capelle (Lavender & Lark) uses needle felt to create lifelike animal mounts for her faerie dolls. Each doll is unique, brought to life from antique fabric and vintage garment remnants. See more on her website.
Deborah C. Pope combines needle felt with fabric to dress her dolls in realistic miniature clothes. She specializes in fantasy creatures and sculptural feltmaking. Find more on her website.
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What Technique Is This?
Needle Felting is the process of using a notched or “barbed” needle to compress layers of wool into denser felt that can be manipulated to create 3D sculptures. It is different to wet felting, which uses water to combine wool fibres, and these days there are a range of felting tools available that can enable you to make your own soft sculptures with ease!