Freaky Felt


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


Halloween is almost here and I’m getting into the spooky spirit! In researching this column over the years, I have seen an enormous variety of felt artwork, from hyper-realistic to super kawaii. It takes a little digging, but there is another side to needle felting. A dark side. A grotesque and sinister side. OK, maybe not sinister, but freaky – freaky felt. I’ve plumbed the depths of the weird and woolly for this Halloween installment of Felter Skelter. These are some of my favorite felt creations because they manage to transcend the warm and fuzzy characteristics of the medium through the artists’ use of texture, theme, or subject. Scroll on for the photos, if you dare!

 Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Abi Skinner
Abi Skinner

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Diana Nagorna

Are You Ready For Adventure?


Diana Nagorna

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Lara Kerigan

Lara Kerigan

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Doseth Handmade
Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Doseth Handmade

Doseth Handmade

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Mirrei

Mirrei

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Secret Jar
Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Secret Jar

Secret Jar

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Sharon Hanehan

Sharon Hanehan

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by Swig

Swig


Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by The House of Felts

The House of Felts

BONUS: One creepy cutie, because I can’t resist a cutie:

Felter Skelter: Freaky Felt photo by VladaHom

VladaHom

Make sure to click through to see more wonderful felt artwork by each of these artists. Happy Halloween everybody!

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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!

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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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