erincas on Dec 31, 2016
We met Liza at a Maker Fair where she was teaching the felting. She was so patient with my 8 & 9 year old daughters. I bought them both a kit for Christmas. The picture is my 9 year olds finished penguin. Would highly recommend, great product with great instructions. I couldn't be happier.
Stephanie Filipiuk on Dec 3, 2016
This is a good product to use for inside wool roving. Will come in handy!
Explorations into the Wonderful World of Hand Felting Wool!
Hello & Welcome!
I am a freelance fiber artist and needle-felting instructor
living & working in Ashland, Oregon. I grew up in the quiet, woodland town of West Newbury, Massachusetts, and I have always had a love of animals, the arts,
and the outdoors.
In 2009 I graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a
BFA in Illustration- a degree that allowed me to explore felt making as a
potential for illustration as well as fine art.
I have been teaching felt making since 2010, and create new
artwork daily. My travels have led me all over the New England area, to Arizona, Hawaii, and most recently to Northern California and Oregon!
You can visit my website to see more of my work: www.wooliza.com
And here's a link to my personal blog "The Life of Wool-LIza' http://www.wooliza.com/blog.html
Onto My Story:
I was introduced to the world of hand-felting wool by Beth & Larry
Beede in 2007 while attending the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Since that amazing workshop, all of my creative energy has been
put exclusively towards exploring the functional & sculptural
potential of hand felting.
Beth told us that anything you can imagine you can create of wool.
I took her words to heart and I am continually blown away by how
versatile wool is- a material that I considerd kind of strange, and
almost worthless unles turned into yarn..
I couldn't have imagined that when I shrunk my favorite hat into a
doll-sized one, that I was seeing wools unique ability to tangle itself
into a dense, durable, non-knitted, fabric-like material known as 'felt'.
The term 'hand-felting' implies artists are tangling the fibers by hand,
rather than using a washing machine to do the hard work.
Both wet & needle felters use wool roving- that is wool that has been
cleaned & carded, or brushed into long continuous strips of fiber.
It is then dyed in a huge variety of colors, or left natural, and sold
primarily to spinners- who turn it into wool yarn.
Needle Felting is a sculpture technique that involves poking a sharp,
barbed needle into wool fibers to tangle them into 'felt'. I use this
technique to create all my animal sculpture, and add details to
murals and functional items.
Wet-felting allows the creation of wearable & functional items.
These include hats, vests, mittens, slippers, murals, and more!
I love exploring both techniques; creating large scale creations that are
durable, detailed, functional, sculptural, unique, whimsical & wonderful!
All of my fiber-art sculptures and murals are totally one of a kind, and made of hand-felted wool. There is no knitting, sewing, stuffing, or patterns involved in felting- a good amount of patience is usually required, but the process of felting is meditative and a joy to me!
Inspired by the natural world and my fiber material, animal sculptures and portraits come to life in all shapes and sizes. I pay special attention to the little details like paw pads, tongue, eyes, expressive faces, and capturing particular markings & gestures.
Pet portraits & miniatures, lifelike animal sculpture, carousel ornaments,
and Waldorf inspired gnomes and fantasy creatures are created using a
special barbed 'felting needle'. All wearable items and murals are created
using wet-felting- a technique that uses soap & water to tangle the
fibers into felt.
Custom requests are always welcomed! Send images of a
beloved pet or furry friend and I can create a detailed 3D miniature or
2D frame-able fiber art portrait.
These days you can find me working in a collaborative studio in the
Ashland Art Center! This space is shared with a talented puppet master
and an experienced stop-motion animation artist, and
talented puppet master- Elijah Boor!
Come visit us at the Art Center to see needle-felting in action,
watch the creation of animations, sculpture, paintings,
puppet shows and more!!
Drop-in felting lessons are welcomed in the studio! Come anytime
during normal business hours, and create a do-it yourself
needle-felted wool creation!
Purchase one of my do-it-yourself felting kits, and allow around
one hour to create your own little fuzzie! A $5 donation for the
personal one-on-one instruction would be happily accepted.
Current Needle Felting Kits Offered:
Red Foxes, Owls, Penguins, Bunnies, Sheep
The Ashland Arts Center also features a gallery, art supplies store,
and art education classroom that offers classes & workshops in a
variety of media! I will be offering felting classes & workshops
in the beginning of April 2014.
Visit the Ashland Art Center website to learn more about upcoming
classes, gallery exhibits, and information on Studio Artists!
Ashland Art Center
Around the web
Liza has been exploring the art of hand felting wool for over six years. She finds inspiration in the natural world, particularly in animals. She is currently exploring ideas of shaman spirit animals & mythological creatures..
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Custom orders usually require 1-3 weeks, and I am always in touch with the buyer, sending photos of the finished piece to be approved before I send it.
Items that are not custom-made will be sent out the next business day, and should arrive in less than a week!
Refunds and Exchanges
*For Custom Orders:
My policy is that a deposit of half the total amount is put down upon ordering, even if paid in full. If the buyer changes their mind after the piece is created, I will keep the deposit, and return half the total. If I am unable to finish the request, (very unlikely) I will return the deposit & amount in full.
I always send photos of the piece to be approved before shipping, and am willing to work with the buyer to make any changes necessary to make the piece perfect. Sometimes it takes many rounds of photos and tweaks, but I have never yet let a client down :]
Additional policies and FAQs
Thankfully, needle-felted sculptures are fairly easy to repair, as long as the wire armature is still intact. Should one of my felted creations get damaged, I will happily repair it for a flat rate of $20, plus shipping fees. If the piece is only slightly damaged, or quite heavily, the rate is certainly negociable.