We have a set of wonderful fiber artists who contribute regular posts to The Felting and Fiber Studio. We really appreciate their wonderful contributions and posts to our site. We hope you enjoy their posts too. Please go visit their links to see more of their work.
Lyn & Annie of Rosiepink
Lyn and Annie enjoy creative fun, exploring many different crafts but textile art is their favourite. They don’t like to make the same thing over and over but prefer to keep experimenting and trying new ideas. Visit Rosiepink.
Leonor is a UK-based fibre artist who specialises in hand dyeing yarns and wool, spinning and needle felting dogs. She drinks copious amounts of tea and is a bit obsessed with cats. You can find her website and shop here: www.EleanorShadow.com
My name is Karen Lane and I’m a mixed media textile artist with a passion for felt making, based in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds (UK).
I have always found myself drawn to texture and often work with a limited colour palette to allow the texture to be the key element. Working with mixed media means I can combine hard and soft, smooth and rough, whether I’m creating a pendant, a wall hanging or a wearable. For me, the tactile element plays a huge role in the design process.
Nature provides a never ending source of inspiration for my work, from trees and leaves to fossils and found objects, some of which are used as “inclusions” in my work.
I am a member of the International Feltmakers Association and I run workshops in Feltmaking and Textile Art in the UK and in France.
My main passion is creating art quilts. I am fortunate to have been able to study techniques from several very artistic quilt artists over the last 20 years. After retiring from a demanding job in Oct 2015 I finally have unlimited time to work in my studio. I enjoy exploring surface design techniques, studying art and design, machine and hand stitching and knitting, to name a few. I love all things fiber! There is a wealth of information on the internet these days that keeps my mind very busy. Recently I have begun to explore drawing and watercolor painting. I have become active in my local quilt guild which is a wonderful place to share a passion for creativity and camaraderie. When I am creating or in a creative environment, I am in my happy place.
My adventure into felt making began in 2013. While I am largely self taught, I have been fortunate to have been able to attend many master classes given by international felt tutors both at home in Ireland, abroad and also on-line. I equally enjoy working on flat and structured pieces and love experimentation. I enjoy tutoring both adults and children. At the moment, I get my inspiration from nature and mathematics (shapes and patterns).
I was born a very crafty person. Many might nod to this statement on its own merit, but to explain – I love creating and have had a life-long passion for arts and crafts both in my professional life and in my leisure time.
My twisty ‘working’ career path began in the construction industry as an architect designing and building structures; then qualifying as a tutor, teaching design in all its facets; later studying and teaching upholstery and other craft skills, before ending where I started….as an architect. Always practical and hands-on I have even been found digging foundation trenches and re-roofing!
Of all the various ‘relaxation’ skills I have explored, and oh there are so many, there is one that I always return to….textiles, specifically playing with fibres in wet felting.
Not only is felt-making magical – the alchemy of fluffy fibres turning into a unique work with its own character – it is for me, an ‘all-inclusive’ craft where so many other skills can coalesce – flat work, sculptural forms, stitching, colour work, embroidery, weaving, beading and more.
What inspires me? – Predominantly design elements, either in nature or architecture seen on my travels….colours, textures, the juxta position of shapes, the play of light – all offer endless possibilities and opportunities.
I was born, educated, and learned spinning and weaving in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I taught organic dyeing and spinning at the Community College in Regina and was a founding member of the Regina Guild of Spinners and Weavers. There have been several stops and starts along the way, but after moving to Ottawa, finishing raising the family and finding the Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, I was finally able to commit time and space to really explore fibre. I found great resources easily accessible, wonderful teachers and the Guild network inspiring.
Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork
My name is Ann Baseden and I live in a small market town in the north of “Deepest Darkest Dorset” in the UK. I have been here since 1999, having for the previous 35-40 years lived in Kent.
I have been working in textiles on an off for most of my 75 years. I have no basic grounding in art or design as I wasn’t allowed to take art at school past the age of 11, because I was in the academic stream, and haven’t been able to afford much in the way of art or design courses since. I am mainly self taught, picking it up as I went along, usually from books which I have collected and which mark my travels from my initial interest in hand sewing, through dressmaking, doll making, lace (bobbin and needle), embroidery (all sorts), various papercrafts, crochet, tatting, macramé, spinning, weaving, dyeing and now felt making (wet and dry). I also own quite a few books on theatrical makeup and costume making – which tends to involve mixing and matching the various crafts I’ve learned along the way.
My website is now running, though some pages are not yet fully set up: www.frabousfabrica.co.uk ; and some of my work can also be found on the website of the International Feltmakers Association, of which I am a member: https://www.
I am a lifelong fiber artist, teacher, and color enthusiast. Color affects me at a molecular level: bright colors make me happy, and feel alive. My ADHD only enhances my crazy eclectic nature. My childhood was filled with hooks, looms, fibers, yarns, needles, and canvases. The only craft I haven’t been able to master is tatting. I started to draw patterns and paint needlepoint canvases, for my family’s needlepoint shop when I was around 12. Painting with an eye to stitch placement on canvas, made me keenly aware of how one technique (or placement) affects the look of an entire project. That attention to detail, has served me well, over the years.
Today, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite hobby. I just keep adding on, and doing things that make me happy. I tried my hand at dyeing yarn, did a great job, had a blast, and have yarns for several lifetimes. Now, I have moved on to blending gorgeous art batts, wet felting them and always PLAYING WITH FIBER. Website: (coming soon) www.playingwithfiber.com