Forrest Sounds


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

This month’s featured artist is Forrest Sounds. I first came across Forrest Sounds via Shing Yin Khor, aka Sawdust Bear, an extremely talented sculptor and illustrator whose work I admire. She recently shared some photos of a needle felt sculpture inspired by one of her Center for Otherworldly Science illustrations and I was hooked! I love it when artists inspire each other.

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Needle felt sculpture by Forrest Sounds

Shing Yin Khor

Original illustration by Shing Yin Khor

Forrest Sounds is the work of UK-based artist Kat Preston. In addition to needle felting, she is also a graphic designer and photographer. Her needle felt sculptures are outstanding – whether the subject is realistic or a favorite character, she has a great eye for detail.

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Neko Atsume

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Capybara

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Birds

You can see more needle felt creations by Forrest Sounds on her blog, or in her Etsy shop.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this month’s column. If you would like to submit your portfolio (or an artist you admire) for consideration, please complete this form. It’s quick and easy!


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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Zoë 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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