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.
Anne Arnold. Textile Artist
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.
I will be demonstrating live on The Craft Store Channel on Wednesday 16th from 9am to 10am. I've designed six new kits exclusive to the channel and I'll be demonstrating different needle felting tecniques. The show can be found on Freeview 85, Sky673 and Freesat 817 as well as viewed on www.thecraftstore.com
in real time as well as playback.
I'm also trying to get my classes up and running. Its been a question of waiting until the hall i use can re-open with all the safety measures required and they will all be in place by the beginning of July. Obviously there are no guarantees at the present time with restrictions being put in place with with little warning. However, fingers crossed! Once I have returned from doing the show i plan to design some new kits as well as revamp the ones I currently have. I have been busy collecting together quite a few fleeces from local breeders up here in Dumfries and Galloway so i'll be posting pictures of them here in the website. All i need is a 36 hour day, more stamina and chocolate and I'll be good to go!