Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

Brighton, United Kingdom · 538 Sales


Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

Brighton, United Kingdom 538 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Karen Rao


Karen Rao

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Karen Rao


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Painting with Wool!

One day I came across felt making by pure accident. While attending a children's art day with my kids, we were shown felt making in such a simple but effective way that we went home and created our own large scale wall hanging for our living room …. and from then on, I was hooked!

Living in Brighton, by the sea was a tremendous influence on my work resulting in powerful, dramatic wave art! I liken the laying down of fibres to painting, as `I step back to view my 'canvas.' Painting with wool.

My inspiration within nature is constantly evolving: from floral corsages and animal nursery art. Now animal headdresses dominate inspired initially by my own fluffy eared canine and meeting all the wonderful dogs on my daily dog walks. This resulted in hand felted varied dog breed inspired hats with their distinctive perky or floppy ears.
Carefully blending different wools and animal fibres, results in highly realistic colours and stunning textures. My dog hats have now evolved into majestic Stag Antler headdresses, curly Aries Ram headwear and Taurus Bull Horns to name a few.

Customers have worn my hats for Burning man, Krampus, Halloween, parties and festivals. My Stag hats and Hares (or Bottom) have appeared in Shakespeare, Opera and theatre. Celebrity Hollywood Tattoo Artist, Kat Von D bought my black cat hat, Singer, Charlotte Church has bought my Stag as have tv producers for The Grand Tour currently airing their first series.

Alongside my Etsy shop, I like to pass on my knowledge of this wonderful, therapeutic art form to others. I regularly attend craft fairs and exhibit in The Brighton Festival. I run workshops in schools creating whole class wall hangings and short 'Introduction to feltmaking' courses. I run hugely popular workshops at large events such as The Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the Brighton Science Festival, many local events and children's parties too. "I love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art." The uses of felt are endless, so too is the learning process which makes the nature of felt making so unexpected and so rewarding.

With my work, I have a common theme: I love colour and texture, I blend different wool and animal fibres together resulting in a piece of individual art that is rich in colour and depth. The uses of felt are endless, so too is the learning process which makes the nature of felt making so unexpected and so rewarding.

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  • Karen Rao

    Owner, Creator, Felt Artist

    My name is Karen Rao and I am a felt artist living in Brighton, UK. I create wearable art using just wool, soap and water! I hand felt animal inspired headwear in the stunningly tactile medium of felt, rich in colour and dramatic in texture.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 14, 2016
Welcome to Karen Rao's shop of hand felted animal inspired hats and other wearable felt art. Each piece is original and one of a kind. Happy browsing!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
PLEASE NOTE: All pieces are created by hand, so no two items are identical. Please allow for slight variances from the items shown in the photos.

Please carefully check your item upon delivery. If in doubt, please contact me immediately, and I will ensure the problem is resolved. I will only accommodate refunds in special circumstances where upon the buyer will bear the cost of the return shipment.
I accept payment via Paypal and direct check out. Items will normally be dispatched within 2 weeks after payment is received.
Standard shipping will be around 2 days for the UK and a minimum of 5 working days for worldwide. There is an option upgrade to recorded Special Delivery and a tracked and signed service overseas. Please note that standard post does not carry a tracking service.

Each item will have a receipt of postage.

Please note that buyers are responsible for any duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders. Please contact Karen Rao to discuss your requirements. Regular updates will be send with photos of the work in progress.