JAM Gallery Artists

MARY SHELLEY
NEEDLE FELTING (DE)

Mirjam Seeger

BIOGRAPHY
Growing up in Ireland I have always had an urge to create. Back then there were not as many stores to buy the materials to be creative, so my main thing was embroidery. After coming to the States in 1971 and meeting my husband, marrying and raising two children, I still had this urge but mostly continued with embroidery and a little crocheting and other crafts .

About nine years ago I began to crochet one of a kind miniature teddy bears and other animals for collectors. Then about five years ago I discovered the art of needle felting. Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material called felt. Felting needles are used to entangle the fibers. As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into place.

I learned to do needle felting by trial and error; I just love to get a piece of raw roving (wool) and sculpt it into a shape I have in mind. Sometimes the roving has a mind of its own and what starts out as a dog may turn into a cat and vice versa. I really enjoy the process and am having fun sculpting my dreams and using my imagination on felted works.

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felted animal by Mary Shelley

felted animal by Mary Shelley

felted animal by Mary Shelley

felted animal by Mary Shelley