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This month we’re sharing the work of Hannah and Olga Dovhan from Ukraine, who are better known as Manooni.
Whatever the weather, Manooni’s creations will make you feel warm inside.
There’s no denying that these characters would bring a bit of chill to your life, whether it’s a bit of lotus flower inspiration…
… or the silent swooping of these white owls. I can’t help thinking that a bit of Manooni should be prescribed for everyone’s home. You can see the inspiration for these pieces on Hanna’s instagram, where her mid-century inspired artistic output has echoes of Matisse.
You can spin through the Manooni Instagram to see the pieces you’ve missed, because on their Etsy storethey only have a few pieces available at a time and they sell like hot cakes!
It can be a challenge to make simple forms that are on point, but Manooni seem to hit the mark every time. To use an investing term, I’m bullish on these guys!
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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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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world’s longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.