Felter Skelter: 10 Year Anniversary Edition!

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

Mr. X Stitch is turning 10 years old this month, can you believe how time flies? I took over this column in January 2013, but it got started under the direction of Moxie Lieberman in 2011. That’s 7 years of needle felt! In that time, the medium has exploded in popularity. I myself am celebrating my 10 year feltiversary this year and I’ve gone from knowing the names of a handful of other felt artists to seeing new ones pop up all over the place! In this column, I would like to highlight some of the artists who have made the journey with us and who are still out there stabbing away.

Stephanie Metz (previously here)

Stephanie Metz is currently working on a massive, collaborative felt installation that will debut in 2020! Follow the project on her Instagram.


Mariangela Tan (previously here)

Mariangela Tan’s latest exhibition, Bloom, features sweetly felted faces nestled in gorgeous blossoms. Follow her latest work on Instagram.


Shana Kohnstamm (previously here)

Shana Kohnstamm’s work focuses on the calming influence of the felting process: “art as an antidote”. Follow her latest work on Instagram.


Kit Lane (previously here and here)

Kit Lane creates both intricate sculptural art pieces and adorable pocket-sized felt companions. Her Jacabobs and Jacabunnies are adored by all! Get one of your own from her shop!

Yvonne’s Workshop (previously here)

Yvonne is dedicated to producing some of the most lifelike felt creatures around! Follow her latest work on Instagram or add one of her sculptures to your collection from her shop!

Housetu Sato (previously here)

Housetu Sato is instructor at the Japan School of Wool Art. He and his students create felt masterpieces, like these incredible wearable cat heads. See more from the Real Cat Head project here.

There is just one more thing I would like to note: as I am based in the US and Mr. X in the UK, we realize that we might be missing out on some amazing felt work happening internationally. I’ve always tried to make my research for this column as broad as possible, but I’m limited by my own language and network. That’s why reader tips are so important! If YOU or someone you know is making felt artwork, please use our submission form to let us know!

Thanks for 10 great years of Mr. X Stitch!

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!

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