I love compelling, conceptual, surprising sculptures made of wool, and I’ve shown you a bunch of them here on Mr X Stitch’sâ„¢ Felter Skelter. Last week I happened to come across a breathtaking needle felted necklace which, of course, sent me on a wool-jewelry web surfing frenzy. Here are my favorite selections of the needle felted jewelry pieces I came across, plus one extra.
This is the necklace that started my journey. Jeanne Harlan-Marriott is the artist. On Flickr she says this is a work-in-progress, but I think it’s perfection. The structure, the subtle blending of the colors combined with the clean, contrasting line details, the beads transitioning from big to small, the asymmetry… This is aspirational wearable art. She makes other lovely pieces, too.
I found this on a blog, proving I’m not the only person who is blown away by this Death’s Head Hawk-Moth pin by Pammy Dawn. This is so true to the real thing, you know people will be trying to flick it off your sweater at parties.
“It features a(n)… acrylic doll eye which is nearly as large as the real thing. The necklace is built over a base of memory wire so it can be pulled open and will sit perfectly on almost every neck without any clasp.”
On the left, we have a Lizzie Pearce (aka lizzieneedles) with a Badger Brooch… technically it’s not a Honey Badger but I still think, if you wear it, it’ll become a symbol of how much of a shit you don’t give. (All of her work is worth a good, long, gawk.)
On the right is a happy little brooch by one of the all-time great needle felting legends, Yoko Nomura (aka Feltmates). I would wear this on the days when I just need to feel a little more Racoon-ey. Give yourself a treat and dive into her Flickr pool, too.
And now, the “plus one extra” as mentioned at the beginning of the post:
These are needle felted pendants with LEDs nestled within. I can’t claim to have “discovered” these… Actually, I sorta did because I discovered the idea for them in my own brains and then brought them to life by way of my hands. In other words, I made them. I like to describe them this way:
As a cocoon embodies the delicate strength and transformation, these necklaces are inspired by humanity’s fuzzy shadows and the persistent spark nestled within.
They are super challenging to photograph, but I’m working on it. I should have them up for the people within a month or so. I hope you love them.
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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!