SalamanderFeltworks

Salamander Feltworks -- Unique Wearable Art

Oakland, California · 30 Sales

SalamanderFeltworks

Salamander Feltworks -- Unique Wearable Art

Oakland, California 30 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(12)

Announcement   Welcome to the Salamander Feltworks, where wool and steel and imagination blend to bring a world to life via the craft of needle felting. Needle felting takes advantage of wool's natural tooth—the little flanges along each fiber that make it want to hold on to its own kind—to build solid structures out of fluffy wisps. Within almost every creature, a wire sculpture serves as a framework, allowing you to adjust the pose to relate to the world around it.

All the creatures take shape in a pet-free and smoke- and fragrance-free environment, so they bring only themselves to the atmosphere of your home.

See the Salamander's gallery, including lots of creatures who've found homes already, at www.SalFelt.com.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 30, 2015

Welcome to the Salamander Feltworks, where wool and steel and imagination blend to bring a world to life via the craft of needle felting. Needle felting takes advantage of wool's natural tooth—the little flanges along each fiber that make it want to hold on to its own kind—to build solid structures out of fluffy wisps. Within almost every creature, a wire sculpture serves as a framework, allowing you to adjust the pose to relate to the world around it.

All the creatures take shape in a pet-free and smoke- and fragrance-free environment, so they bring only themselves to the atmosphere of your home.

See the Salamander's gallery, including lots of creatures who've found homes already, at www.SalFelt.com.

Hilary Powers

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Hilary Powers

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(12)
Ellen Bee

Ellen Bee on Mar 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I *LOVE* my little parrot and will post more pix soon. It is uncannily realistic, and the magnet for attaching to things -- clothing, glass door in the china cabinet, whatever -- is genius. Right now, he's on the lamp in my office, so I always have him nearby. Sweet!

pelleas1

pelleas1 on Feb 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very realistic, beautifully made; I wear him on my hat when I give tours at our botanical garden. He delights both children and adults. People continually stop me to ask where I got him. Actually he has become a friend as has Brer Fox from the same designer

pelleas1

pelleas1 on Jan 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very realistic. Beautifully made. Color is fantastic.

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About

“If there was anything that really looked like that, that’s what it would look like!”

Thanksgiving morning, 2009, I’d never heard of needle felting. Within a month, it was my life. Six months later, it was my business....

I’d spent thirty years looking for a sculpture medium. (Once I gave up on ceramics, partly because of moving to a place where I couldn’t run a kiln and partly from heartsickness over the breakage rate, I had no way to bring ideas to life. Ideas for creatures, anyway; my days were reasonably full with historical costuming and armoring, but it wasn’t the same.) Then my nephew’s wife roped me into helping make flat felted pouch designs for the grand-niece’s school winter faire, and I rolled home with a head full of what turned out to be fairly silly ideas for turning felting into a 3-D medium.

A quick romp around the Internet was enough to show me that I didn’t need to invent a 3-D medium; it was already out there. I found a local store with enough wool and needles to get started, and alternated between felting and reading and more felting—eventually working out techniques that were altogether my own. I don’t think anyone is doing quite such elaborate steel armatures, or making as much use of magnets, or building eyes from scratch....

But my watchword is still “If there was anything that really looked like that, that’s what it would look like!” I’ve set that as a goal ever since a 10-year-old gravely explained one of my own creatures to me when I pulled it out of the ceramic kiln at the summer camp where I was crafts counselor.

Back then I was all about invented creatures—beings that defined an environment just by the tools they brought to living and moving about in it. Nowadays most creatures look like they live on our earth—or in it; when someone commissioned a composting worm, and it worked, I knew I could make anything—but some pure fantasies are beginning to emerge.

Is a creature sharing your home or your dreams? Salamander Feltworks can bring you an image of that creature to hold or wear....

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    I’ve been a maker all my life—of birds and beasts that look alive, whether real or fantastic. Anything that will hold a shape will turn into a creature in my hand, but nothing comes close to needle-felted fiber for sheer expressiveness and control.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 21, 2017
Welcome to the Salamander Feltworks, where every creature is a one-of-a-kind original, handmade from the skeleton (wire armature) out. Some share a species, but all are personalities in their own right. On the felting pad, each had its moment when it came alive—when it stopped being a lump of fiber, wire, and wax and started being . . . itself. So who speaks to you?

Or is there a creature in your heart or home that you’d like to immortalize in felt? A pet? A mythological or heraldic beast? Something from a song or dream or story? Bring it to the Salamander, and help it come alive for you.

Of course, “it” is a misnomer. Unnamed creatures are traditionally “it,” but real creatures at least start out male or female, and it generally shows. Mammals and fantastic creatures based upon mammals have external parts, and everything that consumes material food or drink has an alimentary canal with two ends. So whether or not the photographs show it, you can assume that the creatures in the gallery have everything proper to them. If you’re calling for the creation of someone new, please specify whether your friend is female or male, and if the latter, whether entire or gelded. Age makes a difference, too. . . .

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
You can use Etsy direct checkout, or pay via PayPal or personal check in US$. I’ll send your creature payment notification reaches me or the check clears. If you wish to pay by check, get in touch and I’ll send my address.

As of 2017, buyers in Oakland, California, will find 9.25% sales tax added to the price of each purchase. Buyers elsewhere in the state will find 7.25% sales tax added.
Shipping
In general, I ship via USPS First Class mail with tracking. Let me know if you prefer priority mail, delivery confirmation, or insurance, and I’ll advise you of the price.

I use clean, recycled shipping materials whenever possible. If you prefer that I purchase new packaging for you, let me know and I’ll advise you of the price.

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS
At this point, I’m just figuring out shipping. International shipping is not available to most countries for the present.
Refunds and Exchanges
I believe you’ll be delighted with any of the Salamander’s creatures. However, if a stock creature doesn’t please you, you can return it—in the original packaging and still matching its portrait pictures—within three days for a full or partial refund. Shipping cost is not refundable, and return shipping is your responsibility. I will issue the refund when the creature reaches me and I assess what needs to be done to return it to circulation.

Special orders are not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
The Salamander Feltworks is a smoke- and fragrance-free environment, and no pets share it.

The creatures are not toys, though I’ve presented some to children who love them respectfully. Please keep the major pieces as posed—a good part of the finishing process involves finding the exact stance that best conveys the creature’s character. Also, the armature will move, but the felt probably won’t regroup to show muscles in the new positions required by the bones, so other stances will be less lifelike. (The mice and other small wearables seem to squish and reform without much trouble, so don’t worry if they bend a bit as you fasten them on; just push them back into something that looks natural.)