What is The Woolly Rabbit?
The Woolly Rabbit is an online platform for me to share my felted animal updates, works in progress, and the sharing of my skills through workshops and needle felting kits. The name came about from my love of rabbits and with any new project or skill I learn, I always start with a rabbit (or a hare). I think it must be the ears...
In 2018 I started to run needle felting workshops which were very enjoyable and I was amazed by the fact that even though the attendees all followed the same tutorial, their felted animals all came out so differently! Each with their own unique character. Participants on the workshops often had never needle felted before yet were able to produce work that bought satisfaction and the learning of new skills. Children also enjoyed the process and become deeply engrossed in their creations.
The obvious course to take from this was to turn my workshop tutorials into felting kits that could done at home and then to stock in additional materials to allow people to continue on their own needle felting journey.
Who am I?
I'm Elaine and I started needle felting in 2014 shortly after I taught myself to paint animal portraits in pastel pencil. What drew me to using wool as a medium to explore animal portraiture was the vast range of colours, textures and types of animals that produce a fleece/fur that can be used creatively.
I've always been creative and have hold a BA(Hons) in multi media textiles and used to run arty workshops as a full time job for Mencap. Being creative and then showing other people their creative capabilities is something I really enjoy doing.
I live in Bristol with my 3 children, who test out my felting kits to make sure they are easy to follow, and my two rabbits who eat most of what I plant in the garden.
Take a look around the website and if you have any questions, just ask!