Miss Bumbles needle felted guinea pig

Character Felt (Part III)

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This is part 3 of my ongoing series on what I like to call “character felt”. These are felt sculptures that tell a story. They are often, but not always (as you’ll see below), anthropomorphic animals. I keep coming back to this topic again and again because of the wealth of wonderful work out there. After all, needle felt seems perfectly suited to expressions of the imagination.

Miss Bumbles needle felted fox
Miss Bumbles needle felted mule
Miss Bumbles needle felted guinea pig

First up is Miss Bumbles, alter ego of illustrator Ruth Rivers. Her Etsy shop is full of the most delightful creatures (find more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MissBumbles). Small animals like hedgehogs, foxes, and guinea pigs are all impeccably dressed in tiny handmade clothes, but the real magic is in their expressions. Looking at these creatures, I can easily imagine a whole miniature world where there are no people at all.

Felting Dreams needle felted mouse
Felting Dreams needle felted mouse
Felting Dreams needle felted mice

Next is Johanna Molina/Felting Dreams. Her world is home to adorable felted mice, who also sport handmade clothes and accoutrements. Their faces are full of wit and whimsy. I particularly like the sleeping pair pictured above, because even wee mousies need a warm bed in which to dream. You can find more of Johanna’s creations in her feature on the Etsy blog at https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-felting-dreams/.

All Good Wishes needle felted radish
All Good Wishes needle felted skunk
All Good Wishes needle felted beet

These next three are from Heide M./All Good Wishes. She makes all sorts of creatures for all occasions, but my favorites are definitely her vegetables. Their oversized eyes and gangly limbs are so charming; they look like they have stepped right off the pages of a book. Find more of her creations at http://www.flickr.com/photos/allgoodwishes/.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s column as much as I have, and if you’ve made it this far, maybe you won’t mind if I shamelessly plug my own work a tiny bit. This month through April, I have an installation up at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York , so if you’re in the area and need to get your yarn fix, I hope you’ll pop in and check it out!


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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