Welcome to Felter Skelter, your essential guide for needle felting inspiration and ideas!
We have featured many needle feltingartists over the years, as well as sharing our advice on how to pick the right equipment to have a go yourself. So if you want some inspiration, here are fifteen artists who we feel deserve a mention! Don’t forget to read our other Felter Skelterposts and click on the links in each post and you can read our review of their work!
Sarah “Wolfie” Strub uses really unusual faces within her work, making these art dolls in needle felt just a little bit different.
Lizzie Pearce is a cat obsessed needle felter & maker of unusual things, however we loved her fungi fun as you can see! She is based in Mid Wales UK.
YooMoo, a Japanese artist considers animals and humans with such care; using fabric as well as needle felting to create her treasures. This take on Frida Kahlo got us interested!
Stowaways Toys often have a veggie vibe. Their charming little faces give her veggie people real character and they look great in almost any setting.
Zoë Williamsis a needle felting artist who turns her lucid dreams into wistful creations.
She is also our very own Felter Skelter columnist and a fantastic curator!
We love felt artist Irina Valentina’sfaceless girls with their stand out ribbons. They capture quiet moments of normality, but give them a sense of magic.
SarahMandell is crazy about cacti! Her plants will brighten up any space and require no watering – just the occasional dusting!
Lycka focuses on our feathered friends with her felty forms – check out this bird driven selfie!
Manooni are two sisters from Ukraine whose characters are both abstract and affirming.
Shana Kohnstamm pushes her needle felting art in all directions and across multiple themes! The one consistent thing is her evident passion for her art!
Karina Kalvaitis creates ‘lovely creatures for gentle souls’. Her creations bridge the gap between realism and fantasy and evoke magical realms.
Paolo Del Toro makes large scale pieces that are evocative of fever dreams, with a lightness of touch but a darkness of desire.
Maria Filipe Castro, aka Droolwool, makes colourful creations that have an innocent joy to them! Her portfolio is guaranteed to make you smile!
Hine Mizushima has been a favourite of ours for years. She mixes needle felting with the odd embroidered finishing touch and creates characters with a unique style.
Ryan Lytle‘s sculptures are big, bold and brilliant. Mashing creatures together to create godlike artefacts, his needle felted art is really dynamic!
If this section of fifteen needle felt artist doesn’t get you ordering your fibres and searching for your stab-worthy needles, we have loads more inspiration for you in our dedicatedneedle felting area. If you find yourself creating some pieces of your own, please get in touch and share them with us!
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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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Ailish is a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor. Find out more about her at ailishhenderson.com