Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Soft n Woolly


  Today we welcome the Waldorf on Etsy artist and shop owner of:
My name is Cheryl, I am a wife, mother, childminder and needle felter! My love for children, nature, fantasy and crafting has all come together in my shop on Etsy – Soft n Woolly.
For many years I have tried out different crafts such as tapestry, sewing, knitting (not very good Рalmost drove my Nan mad trying to teach me!), macramé and card making amongst others. I never, though, found the special one that had me hooked. That all changed when I attended a course run by a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten teacher and learned many wonderful things Рone of them being needle felting.
I bought some needles, wool and foam of my own and began to experiment, using a few books for advice. I made friends at the Waldorf School Parent and Child group and we began to meet up and craft together when the children were in bed. We still do this and I still love it! After a busy week it is lovely to get together with friends, have a pot of tea, cut a cake, catch up on news and create little folks from fluffy wool and sparkly bits.
My Etsy shop was opened up when my love of needle felting began to outstrip the number of birthday gifts I had to give! I sold some of my creations at my local Waldorf School’s Advent Fair and lots of people seemed happy to purchase them. This made me wonder if there were more people out there who would love to own one of my warm and fluffy creations and so I opened Soft n Woolly.
I sold some of my creations at my local Waldorf School’s Advent Fair and lots of people seemed happy to purchase them. This made me wonder if there were more people out there who would love to own one of my warm and fluffy creations and so I opened Soft n Woolly. On Etsy I have found a wonderful team of fellow artists, advice and companionship as well as an effective outlet for my woolly art.
Needle Felted Tree
Needle felting has a magic that is very special to me. I love the gorgeous colours and textures of wool and other fibres, the endless potential embellishments of beads, threads and materials and the joyous feeling as my final creation in all its woolly glory is born.
Each and every one of my animals, fairies, people and homes I make is a part of myself, from the original design idea, choice of colour and materials, the felting itself and the little story about it that arrives in my head as I work.
Green Witch with Her Broom
All my creations have a very special character all of their own and are distinctive as mine. I send them out into the world to bring joy to their new owners and to be loved and cherished by them.
 Tree of Love
Visit Soft n Woolly to see more of Cheryl's wonderful creations!

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