I have been involved in all kinds of crafts for many years but I have found a real passion in needle felting. I enjoy working through the entire process by washing the raw fleece, dyeing it in the colours of nature and finally needle felting it into a landscape. Some of the fleece I use for spinning. The wool I spin is mainly used for my personal projects though some of it is used to knit up and felt ready for keyrings, brooches, mobile phone holders etc. Being involved in a craft through the entire process is satisfying and rewarding. Sometimes when dyeing the fleece the results are unpredictable which adds to the interest. It also means that each picture is unique. I hope you enjoy browsing through my website!
Anne Arnold. Textile Artist
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I live in the beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway which is situated in the South West of Scotland. Living on the coastline with the hilsl behind me I am never short of inspiration for my pictures. Obtaining fleece to wash and dye is not a problem in this part of the world as we are surrounded with sheep of all breeds. Another familiar sight are the distintive black and white Belted Galloways.
I started needle felting over 12 years ago and though many prefer wet felting or creating 3D figures I prefer to create landscapes.I love the colours and textures of nature. I am a member of the Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers as I enjoy spinning and weaving as well. We are fortunate to have a very active group here in Dumfries who enjoy sharing their skills and ideas. Throughout my years of felting they have given me tremendous support. In addition I am a member of the Embroiderers Guild which has led me down the path of incorporating different techniques and not all of them involve stitching. Sometimes I set off to a workshop armed with a soldering iron, glue, various fibres and a heat gun! If you live in this area then I can assure you that these groups will give you a warm welcome if you decide to learn or improve your skills.
Due to Covid19 all the main events that I was booked to attend have been cancelled for 2020. However, the outlets I supply have all re-opened and can be found on my information page. In addition I am selling via eBay and Etsy as well as here on my website.
My classes are on hold until restrictions have eased. I am presently going through the learning process of putting together a series of videos to demonstrate the kits as well as online classes. I am more familiar with the use of a needle than a mouse! With the present economic climate I feel that we have to look at the way we promote our crafts a different way. With the Winter season approaching what better time is there to learn a new craft?