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Featured Artist - Rosie Gittens

Leicestershire based Rosie Gittens is an avid needle felter and teaches workshops in the local area at her Grey Wren Studio. Taking her inspiration from birds, animals and human characteristics, needle felting is her favourite thing to do.

Find out more about Rosie’s work on her website here.

Q&A

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

How long have you been a craft enthusiast?:
I have been a fibre artist for 10 years, and needle felting for the past 5 years.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?:
Using a naturally sourced fibre to teach others the art of needle felting. Wool is the easiest medium to sculpt birds and animals with. Unlike clay, it's lightweight, there's no mess, and therefore the perfect medium when travelling to workshops.

How long have you been a WOW customer?:
Approximately 2 years. The first products I bought were the Woodland Creature blends for Deer, Rabbits and Badgers.

What do you like most about the company?:
How user-friendly the website is for gathering products and ordering, including the live chat for any queries I have.

I love the colour choices at WOW too. They do a lovely blended colour called Sombrero that works perfectly for some of my owls. I use their Marigold for my geese and ducks’ feet and beaks. I find that the wool felts up really quickly, which is very useful when I have limited time to demonstrate and teach. Having the option to buy small samples helps a lot. I can test out the colours I need before I buy large quantities.

What is your favourite fibre?:
It has to be the CARDED SLIVERS of wool, these are great for my workshops. Students love these strips of wool, they make it so much easier to measure how much wool to use. I just show them the length and they know they have the correct amount.

What is your favourite breed of sheep?:
Manx Loaghtan has to be my all-time favourite. This particular natural mid-brown is great for making little robins, thrushes and so many other birds and animals.

Is there anything you would like to see on the WOW web site?:
More information on the breeds/wool and how they respond, ie to needle and/or wet felting.

Is there anything else that you would like WOW to sell?:
Glass eyes, size range 4-24mm would be great for small and larger birds and animals.

Do you have a top tip for your fellow crafters?:
If you're just starting out with needle felting, make what you know and love. That way you'll enjoy it more. When you know and love your subject it will be more familiar and therefore easier to replicate.

Tell us a bit more about yourself: 

I teach Needle Felting Workshops in the Leicestershire area and are also in the process of making online needle felting videos for those looking to learn from the comfort of their home. I love teaching absolute beginners the simplest techniques I've learned and adapted over the years, so they can create beautiful birds and animals.

I used to be a fabric doll-maker, I loved hand-stitching little dolls and their clothing. It seemed natural to progress into needle-felting which achieves a more defined 3D shape without the use of patterns and stitching. I love needle felting and also make anthropomorphic creatures (ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things). These pieces take me on a magical journey where the only limitation is my imagination. My hope is to be continually learning and teaching this amazing art form.

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