Morgan Michalski's Profile

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Hi! My name is Morgan and I live in a small town in Montana. I've helped with the shearing of Shetland sheep on a nearby ranch for a few years and was fascinated by the gorgeous fleece that came from these creatures. The very generous owner of the ranch gave me all the wool I wanted to learn to felt with! So I am always trying different techniques and different types of wool and materials!

So far, I've experimented with needle felting, where a special downward-barbed needle is repeatedly stabbed into wool, forcing the fibers to grab and lock into each other, much like a mat or dreadlocks. The difference is that you can decide where to "stab" the wool and make shapes and forms out of the fiber! The more you jab and stab, the firmer and hopelessly locked the wool becomes. Each little sculpture, or "painting" takes many thousands of stabs!…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 2
  • Joined April 24, 2008

Favorite materials

wool, sticks, stones, anything found in the woods, yarn

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ewesyourimagination
Needle Felted Creatures and Custom Creations

About

Hi! My name is Morgan and I live in a small town in Montana. I've helped with the shearing of Shetland sheep on a nearby ranch for a few years and was fascinated by the gorgeous fleece that came from these creatures. The very generous owner of the ranch gave me all the wool I wanted to learn to felt with! So I am always trying different techniques and different types of wool and materials!

So far, I've experimented with needle felting, where a special downward-barbed needle is repeatedly stabbed into wool, forcing the fibers to grab and lock into each other, much like a mat or dreadlocks. The difference is that you can decide where to "stab" the wool and make shapes and forms out of the fiber! The more you jab and stab, the firmer and hopelessly locked the wool becomes. Each little sculpture, or "painting" takes many thousands of stabs!

Another method I've gotten hooked on is wet felting. Instead of using the special needle, a combination of warm water, soap, and agitation or pressure is used to lock the fibers together. Wet felting is a great method for making flat pieces, such as wall hangings, rugs, placemats, or yurt coverings! With different techniques you can make seamless purses, pillows, booties, mittens, even stuffed animals using the wet felting around a resist technique. In this method, you lay wool around both sides of something that wont felt to the wool, like fun foam, or even a rubber ball. After you get the wool to start felting together, you make an opening (where depends on what you are making), and remove the non-wool object, then continue felting the piece into shape with your hands. A lot of felters then choose to embellish their dried wet-felted piece using the needle felting technique, as you have more control over the fibers. The possibilities are absolutely endless combining the different ways to make your own felt art.

I also set up a Flickr site to show some of my pieces of work in progress, along with some great photos of the beautiful area I get to call home. Those pictures can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ewesyourimagination/

My Blog shows some works I've created for my own home and as gifts for people, as well as some exiting non-felt things in my life! http://ewesyourimagination.blogspot.com/

Thanks for checking out my shop and have a great day! Morgan

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