A Heart Handmade Blog Holiday Feature
Needle felting. It is a fairly new art/craft. Originally the needles we use were designed to be used in machines to commercially make felt sheets. Some really creative and adventurous person decided to see what would happen if used manually…and with wonderful and fun results!
I love horses eyelashes.
My children are the single greatest accomplishment of my life.
I sometimes eat strawberry jam on scrambled eggs.
I have a compulsive need to touch things that look as if they have a lot of texture, like tree's in the park or other peoples scarves....
What got you started crafting?
I really don't remember not crafting. My mother, grandmothers and even the men in my family were creative and crafty people. Part of it came from being in rural, agricultural communities and some, I think, can be attributed to lack of money. We had to make and make do.
What is your source of inspiration?
My children and nature.
What have you made recently?
I am working on a custom piece for an old friend right now. It is an angel sculpture/ art doll. She is over 12 inches tall and sculpted from very soft Merino wool roving. She is to be a gift for my friends mother and is in memorium of my friends late father. She will be holding a white ribbon in her hands since he passed away with lung cancer.
I often create dolls in the Waldorf style. Faceless. Their body positioning and shading can lend so much emotion without need of eyes or facial expression. It fascinates me to see the end result.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell online via Etsy and at craft fairs. I also enjoy trading and bartering.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
So much of our world is based on convenience and the pack mentality that our individuality is sometimes almost lost amid the mass marketed sameness. I strive to keep originality in the world....I also choose to support an economy that is sustainable and truly driven by the ideals that I hope to instill in my children.
Western North Carolina
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