Rae Stimson

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

Isn’t it easy to feel like you’ve seen the entire internet and all of its wonders? You ask yourself: “Is that it? Did I finish or something? Where’s the new?”

And then, sometimes there’s a woman. I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a woman. And I’m talkin’ about Rae Stimson here. Sometimes, there’s a woman, well, she’s the woman who makes the internet feel alive again.

She works in many mediums but oh, how she needle felts. Actually, she combines wet felting and needle felting techniques and, she makes magic.

Alien Robot Costume


In her own words:

My main objectives are reviving the everyday wear of exquisite hats and elevating their artistic merit. I make sculptural yet wearable needle-felted hats which appear both as abstract forms and figurative creatures. The animal forms contribute to the sculptural quality of the hats and transform them from accessories into art pieces that evoke feelings of timelessness, whimsy and the bizarre. Inspiration for these singular creations comes from synthesizing research of vintage hats, couture hats, visual art, and animals. The goal of this series is to redefine the boundary between fashion and art and to push the needle-felting process beyond “craft” into the realm of fine art.

Octopus Hat

OCTOPUS HAT with real pearls, glass eyes and a veil

Landscape Hat

Miniature Landscape of clouds, sheep grazing, chapel, river, and bridge hand carved out of wood

Do yourself a favor and look at the other photos of the glorious pieces above.

I wish I could show you more, but that’s all I can find. I don’t care how long it takes, I’ll be there when her next works are unveiled.

Sometimes there’s a woman… Sometimes there’s a woman.


Felter Skelter is written by Moxie, who is an artist, fiber pusher and genuine human being. She breaks just like a little girl.

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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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