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Featured Artist - Alison Rumbles

Alison Rumbles studied and graduated in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art.

She started with wet felting but has taken a new direction with her 3D needle felted creations. 

Find out more about Alison's work on her Etsy Shop or on her Instagram


What is your craft? (Spinning, felting etc.)
Needle Felter.

How long have you been a craft enthusiast?
I’ve been felting for over 12 years but needle felting for about 5/6.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the challenge of creating a creature from a wee ball of fluff.

How long have you been a WOW customer?
5 years.

What do you like most about the company?
What I love about World of Wool is the selection of fibres and the palette of colours, I always find the perfect wool for my projects.

What is your favourite fibre?
I love the carded Corriedale animal colours.

What is your favourite breed of sheep?
 I currently love using Corriedale. 

Is there anything you would like to see on the WOW web site?
Perhaps some tips on what you can create with the wool. 

Is there anything else that you would like WOW to sell?

Realistic eyes perhaps nose too.

Do you have a top tip for your fellow crafters?

Just keep at it, like all skills it requires practice, practice, practice, but it’s so worth it when you see the results.

Tell us a bit more about yourself:

I started with wet felting and enjoyed this for many years, I then taught myself how to needle felt and since then have used it as a different form of sculpting - wool not clay. This interest has since grown into a passion, and I now felt most days. It’s never boring, as there are so many new techniques to learn and creatures to create.

I’ve had great fun sharing my felting skills with lots of other keen crafters, and I have been lucky enough to bring out a range of kits. It's great as I get to do what I love every day.

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