Hi all, *waves enthusiastically*, are you like me flabbergasted that it’s already time for another Olympics?! It seems to have come round at the speed of a Usain Bolt sprint. As a committed armchair sportswoman myself, watching the amazing achievements of the world’s athletes provides an inspiring backdrop to my needle crafting week. Speaking of achievements, (would you look at that flawless segway), ….it’s time to take another dip into the impressive pool of Etsy needlecraft talent. This week I have the pleasure of introducing the amazing Linda Li-Chee-Ming and her wonderful shop ‘Wild Whimsy Woolies’.
Are You Ready For Adventure?
Linda, a self-taught maker and needle felter, loves animals and holds degrees in Zoology and Biodiversity & Conservation. After taking the scientific route in her post-secondary studies and working office jobs in the environmental sector, Linda wanted to find a hobby where she could get back to her creative side and also make heartfelt handmade gifts for friends and her growing number of nieces and nephews. She decided to try needle felting because it used all natural materials and just required wool and some tiny barbed needles. She fell in love with it as soon as she started and decided to launch her wonderful shop, Wild Whimsy Woolies, to share her creations with the rest of the world. Taking inspiration from nature and wildlife, she loves to create cute whimsical animals that put a smile on people’s faces.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
I was a crafty kid, always making art projects at home and for school. My earliest stitching memory is making dolls called Stumpkins out of pantyhose and fibre fill in elementary school art class. I remember making more of them afterwards to give as gifts because I enjoyed it so much.
What fires your imagination?
Biodiversity fires my imagination. There are so many species of animals in the world and I’d love to make all of them if I had the time. I never have a shortage of inspiration. I also like to bring my love of animals and food together by pairing some of my critters with my favourite foods.
I think you’ll all agree Linda’s creations are the epitome of cute, each one with their own unique personality and all beautifully detailed. To check out more of her fabulous work please pop on over to her shop. Now my lovely readers, before you disappear I have a small favour to ask you…. Last week I found out one of my embroidery pieces ‘Behind Closed Doors’ has been shortlisted for The National Open Art Competition. My work is now part of the #WorldArtVote, the piece with the most votes gets a guaranteed slot in the exhibition, so if you like what you see below you can vote for my piece here. Thanks in advance to those of you who lend me your support, it means an awful lot to me. I’ll meet you all here same time next month for more needlecraft adventures.
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her Textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.
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!