The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Zoë Williams

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Zoe Williams is a needle-felting artist currently working in New York. Her art is astonishing.

Zoe Williams - Crane-Egret-Ibis needle felted art

“I started needle felting in 2008; my first pieces were rabbits, inspired by an important dream I’d had. Later I began working on a series of pieces inspired by dream animals which culminated with my solo exhibition, Somnium Bestia, in 2010. I’ve always been a great animal lover, so I guess it’s natural that animal imagery would dominate my work. I’m also fascinated by dream symbolism and mythology, so I strive to incorporate all of these elements into my growing menagerie.

Zoe Williams - Antlers needle felted art

“I’m currently working on several new projects, including a series based on critically endangered or extinct creatures. Gold Rhino is one of these, inspired by the Western Black Rhino which was recently declared extinct. I’ve nicknamed them “unicorns” because to me the unicorn epitomizes the magical, precious, and rare.

Zoe Williams - Swan needle felted art

“I have a couple of group shows coming up, one in Brooklyn, NY and one in Port Townsend, WA:

Hey, Beautiful!  Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 1st – 25th, opening reception Thursday, Feb. 2nd – 

Zoe Williams - Parallax V needle felted art

“The second show will be in March, and I believe the opening reception will be Saturday, March 3rd. This one will be a two person show at Artisans on Taylor Gallery in Port Townsend, WA.

Zoe Williams - Color Spew Stars needle felted art


Zoe’s work simply floors me. Thanks to fantastic artists like our very own Moxie, my eyes have been opened to the potential of needle felted art, and Zoe’s pieces exemplify how great this art can be. The construction of the pieces is amazing and the way the animals grow from the walls, expanding past their natural boundaries is inspirational. It reminds me of the first time I saw Melissa Sue Stanley’s creations busting out of their frames.

Zoe Williams - Golden Rhino needle felted art

It is great to see how Zoe’s work has developed over the years and I wonder what will come next. How big can she take these works?! I’m excited to find out. Visit Zoe’s website to enjoy more of this amazing needle felted art.


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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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