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Many years ago, I needed a way to use the wool of my sheep and llamas that I raise because I love them. But, I have to shear them and ended up with a bunch of wool. I tried spinning. I have a new found respect for beautiful handcrafted yarns, because this was not going to work out for me. I was terrible! I learned about needlefelting and thought this could work out! I love sculpting animals with clay. I'll give this new medium a chance. I tried it and was instantly hooked. I love the soft warm textures needle felting creates! I love how I can incorporate long flowing manes or a shaggy kitten look that is soft to the touch.

I really enjoy custom work and making a replica of someone's beloved animal friend. I prefer custom work to creating a generic work to sell. I love learning about unique pets and how they have touched someone's life. I love working to capture that individual spirit within…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 9
  • Joined July 30, 2006

Favorite materials

roving, wool, fiber, fibre, clay, polymerclay, polyclay, soldateclay, paint, pencils, pastels, ink, watercolor

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Many years ago, I needed a way to use the wool of my sheep and llamas that I raise because I love them. But, I have to shear them and ended up with a bunch of wool. I tried spinning. I have a new found respect for beautiful handcrafted yarns, because this was not going to work out for me. I was terrible! I learned about needlefelting and thought this could work out! I love sculpting animals with clay. I'll give this new medium a chance. I tried it and was instantly hooked. I love the soft warm textures needle felting creates! I love how I can incorporate long flowing manes or a shaggy kitten look that is soft to the touch.

I really enjoy custom work and making a replica of someone's beloved animal friend. I prefer custom work to creating a generic work to sell. I love learning about unique pets and how they have touched someone's life. I love working to capture that individual spirit within animals.

I still also love drawing and sculpting with kiln clays and polymer clays. And I enjoy custom work in these mediums, too.

Rose and Thistle Artworks is a part of Rose and Thistle Ranch which is located out on the high eastern prairie plains of Colorado. This is where I live with my husband. Llamas, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, deer, badgers, porcupines, raccoons, skunks, hawks, wild turkeys and a bunch of wildlife share the ranch with us, too. The peace and all the wildlife out here are a constant source of inspiration and comfort to both me and my husband.

I've loved open spaces, farm lands, animals and art my whole life. I'm so grateful to be able to live where I do and do what I do. I use our own llama and sheep wool for creating custom woolitures. Sometimes, I buy fiber from another alpaca, llama or sheep ranch in order to find the right color match.
It really makes me happy to be able to put a smile on people's faces by making a little replica of a pet or show animal that has made them so happy. Especially, with a new art form created with the new technique of needlefelting that was just invented in the 1980's.

In addition to needle-felting, I like to sculpt with kiln fired clays, paint on canvas and glass, draw with pen and pencils, and watercolor pencils, create computer graphics and make jewelry. Custom pet portraits are my favorite subjects, but occasionally I branch out into a landscape or portrait of a person or fantasy art.

I have a blog "Artist on the Farm" at http://RoseThistleArtworks.blogspot.com with pictures of our farm, wildlife, and art in progress, etc.


Gallery of more photos of past and current artwork http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosethistleartworks/collections/

WHAT IS NEEDLEFELTING? It’s a new art technique developed in the 1980’s. (Compare that to painting and sculpture that have been around for thousands of years.) The trick to needle felting is the special barbed needle. The barbs on the needle catch the crimps on wool and dense it down into felt. Wool “paintings” can be made from different colored wools or sculptures or jewelry. The diverse ways needlefelt can be expressed is amazing. There is really something for everyone from beginning artist to advanced artist. The needles are sharp so children should be supervised and of an age where they have good co-ordination. The interest in this new art form is exploding right now! I highly recommend that everyone “take a stab at it”!

Thanks for stopping by and checking it all out. Have a great rest of your day. :D

Gina - RoseThistleArtworks

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