This month's spot light interview is with Gill from heartfelt_artfelt on Instagram
Gill is an enthusiastic self taught needle felter who has just started to market her work. Gill enjoys creating a range of felted work to include birds, dogs, flowers and more recently she made a stunning mobile for her granddaughter. Gill enjoys learning all the time and this is reflected in the diversity of felted creations she makes.
Read on to learn more about Gill's work, what inspires her and hear her helpful tips for needle felting...
How long have you been needle felting?
I have been needle felting for nearly two years.
What inspired you to take up needle felting?
I think I saw someone on a Kirstie Allsop programme and thought it looked fun and creative. I signed up for a one day course and have never looked back.
What was the first thing you made?
A small figure of my spaniel Lola.
What has been the most challenging thing you have made and why?
A very strange commission of a dissected black rat!!! The client sent a photo of a knitted version and wanted one made in felt. Trying to combine 2D and 3D was interesting.
Which piece of work are you most proud of and why?
A flamingo baby mobile for my granddaughter.
What do you enjoy most about needle felting?
I find it’s my happy place, much needed this last year. I also love that it really doesn’t need lots of equipment. You can also change or alter your work with ease.
What’s your favourite fibre to felt with?
Corriedale slivers, they felt so well. And I use Merino to make fur for long haired dogs.
What is your favourite needle?
What has been the most important lesson you learned so far on your needle felting journey?
Be patient. Start small as you can always add more wool. Much harder to take away!!!
Who are your favourite felting artists?
Michaela Bartlett, I think her work is sublime. CurlyJo Creations, beautiful lifelike dogs. I also adore Needlebugs Fauxidermy.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just completed a dog portrait commission. A cute little Maltipoo and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.
What would you like to make in the future?
I’d love to do more dog portraits. I really enjoy the challenge of making a realistic picture.
Do you have any words of wisdom for newcomers to needle felting?
Just have a go. There are no mistakes that can’t be rectified and it’s so much fun seeing your ideas develop. Also watch tutorials. They are so helpful.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you to Elaine for this opportunity to showcase some of my work. Your wool selection is lovely and packaged beautifully. I also find your tutorials very helpful.
Where can we learn more about your work?
My Instagram page heartfelt_artfelt
Finally, to round up this interview, I had a sneek peek at Gill's Instagram page and found some delightful needle felted creations that I would like to share with you! I especially love the Easter bunting, it's gorgeous!
If you woud like to commission Gill to make something special then head over to her Instagram page and message her directly.
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