I first discovered felting several years ago when watching someone on television making exquisite little birds from wool. I decided to try it and became completely mesmerised with what could be achieved with very little in the way of specialist equipment.
I am self taught and produce both needle felted and wet felted work. Although I make a wide range of creative pieces of all different shapes and sizes, I particularly enjoy the challenge of producing large, very detailed needle felted sculptures including life size animals and birds and fantasy creatures such as dragons, gnomes and faeries. My wet felted work includes pictures – both abstract and real and a range of hats, bags and home accessories.
I use many different fibres in my work. My most popular item is my sheep doorstop made using wool from specific breeds. In particular I like to use local or rare breed fleeces such as the beautiful Cotswold Lion which makes a fabulous sheep with long soft curly locks! I’m also lucky to have my own herd of alpacas here on my farm in Oxfordshire. They give me a lovely soft fibre which is perfect for felting.
I have a large workshop here at the farm where I hold regular classes for both beginners and more experienced felters which are bookable on my website. I also give talks and demonstrations to groups about my alpacas and how I use their fibre in the wonderful craft of felting.