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My love of shape and form springs from my love of ballet. Although I have now hung up my pointe shoes, the passion for beautiful lines remains with me. If you have a few minutes I hope you will read about Why I chose a dove for my Etsy shop

I learned to needle felt in November 2011 after seeing it featured on a UK TV programme. I spent a week googling and youtubing reading and watching as much as I could about the technique. I finally decided to buy some needles and wool and try it out for myself. I have always loved craft and sewing. My mom taught me how to sew and gave me the gift of patience. She always made bits and bobs for the home from scraps of material. She was from the make do and mend era, I think today we like to call it upcycling!

I was very pleased with my first attempts at needle felting it was as if the wool was…

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  • Joined November 25, 2011

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Merino wool, Norwegian wool, silk, tulle, anything sparkly

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My love of shape and form springs from my love of ballet. Although I have now hung up my pointe shoes, the passion for beautiful lines remains with me. If you have a few minutes I hope you will read about Why I chose a dove for my Etsy shop

I learned to needle felt in November 2011 after seeing it featured on a UK TV programme. I spent a week googling and youtubing reading and watching as much as I could about the technique. I finally decided to buy some needles and wool and try it out for myself. I have always loved craft and sewing. My mom taught me how to sew and gave me the gift of patience. She always made bits and bobs for the home from scraps of material. She was from the make do and mend era, I think today we like to call it upcycling!

I was very pleased with my first attempts at needle felting it was as if the wool was psychic and it knew what I wanted it to be. For the uninitiated, needle felting involves jabbing a barbed needle into unspun wool until if compacts into a desired shape. It is sculpting with wool, a process that is incredibly time consuming and if you’re a perfectionist like me, an ongoing pursuit of perfection.

So my reason for choosing the dove for my Etsy shop ……
I wanted to make something for my friends wedding anniversary. I wanted to make her something that was personal and reflect what I wanted to say to her. I looked at lots of sources for inspiration and time and time again I would come across the image of a dove. I realized that this beautiful bird was able to convey, emote and symbolize so many things. Peace, faith, sympathy, joy, beauty, strength, happiness, hope, in fact every emotion a person could feel or want to express. The image of the dove evokes all of this without the need for words much like the pure beauty of ballet.

My friend was celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary but I also knew that she had a heavy heart due to the loss of her grandmother. So my very first dove carried a message of absolute joy and celebration for her 20years of marriage along with a message of sympathy and hope that would reassure her that she was in my thoughts and that there was hope for happiness in her future. She was very touched by my gift and every time I visit her I see it in a different place around her home. Some times it sits next to a candle and sometimes next to a vase of flowers depending how she feels.

Although at home I make all sorts of characters and creatures, I decided that I would offer my doves to others so that they can express their own personal messages at a wedding, birthday or christening for instance where greetings are plentiful or to those who have endured a long illness or loss when words are sometimes hard to find.

Thank you for taking the time to read why I chose the dove for my Etsy shop and hope you have time to have a peep inside JaynesLoveDoves

All good wishes,
peace and dove!
Jayne






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