We're very excited as one of our talented Sheep Tales makers has been featured in this months edition of British Fibre Art magazine. Sue's often very witty needle felted work is just amazing! www.britishfibreartmagazine.org.uk
Sue describes herself as ‘a lifelong compulsive crafter and has always dabbled in creative activities. She has what she calls ‘itchy fingers’ syndrome and likes to try all sorts of crafts. She first started needle felting in 2014 and she’s been hooked ever since. Sue saw some examples of needle felting on the internet and after watching a few tutorials, sent off for a starter kit and that was it, she was a woman obsessed!
Needle felting is a technique where special (and very sharp) barbed needle are repeatedly stabbed through wool fibres and the barbs on the sides of the needle gradually tangle and felt the woolly fibres together to form felt. The technique can be used to create 2D and 3D objects. Sue says “It’s a little like welding, embroidery and clay sculpture combined.”
After finishing her starter kit, Sue decided the best way to learn was to create a variety of felted pictures and sculptures, working her way through the alphabet for inspiration. However, Sue has a cracking sense of humour and she loves a pun so she didn’t just make cute animals, she also tackled dinosaurs, fruit, musical instruments and a Volkswagen beetle. Since then she has made over 200 pieces, including old master portrait figures, scenes and food..
Sue has also recently started to compile and sell downloadable needle felting instructions/tutorials for various items - contact Sue for details..
Sue's details and a gallery of Sue’s work can be seen on on her Sheep Tales maker page.