FeltWicked

Felt Wicked Craft - Needle Felting, Latch Hook Patterns

Woodridge, Australia | 4 Sales

FeltWicked

Felt Wicked Craft - Needle Felting, Latch Hook Patterns

Woodridge, Australia 4 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (3)
Tobias Ware

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Tobias Ware

Announcement    Latch hook patterns of animals, birds and creepy crawlies I have encountered. Needle felted sculptures of weird or odd objects including snowmen, severed fingers, spiders, penguins and so forth.

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Last updated on Apr 15, 2018

Latch hook patterns of animals, birds and creepy crawlies I have encountered. Needle felted sculptures of weird or odd objects including snowmen, severed fingers, spiders, penguins and so forth.

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About

An encounter with llamas spurs my creative twist.

Throughout my life I have participated in crafts of varied kinds. I have dabbled with tapestry, knitting, loom knitting, crochet, tablet weaving, and my favourite yarn craft latch hook rug making.

My father inspired me with his exploration of tapestry, weaving, and latchhook rugs.
My mother encouraged me with her own knitting and embroidery skills.
My partner, Jeanette, interested me in knitting and crochet techniques.
My own curiosity is to blame for my forays into loom-knitting and needle-felting.

Latch hook and needle-felting. These are my main facets in my store so let's investigate how I came about using them.

Latch hook rug making was taken up by my father, in England, when he was recovering after hospitalisation and badly "needed to be doing something". My mother interested him in tapestry, then he found out about latch hook as a kind of weird sideline to tapestry.

I was very young at that time - it was in the mid 1960s - but I recalled how he cut the yarn and formed the patterns. After we moved to Austrlalia in 1970, he kept up tapestry and latch hook until his passing in 1999. I started my own halting attempts at tapestry at the time of our relocation and later on tried latch hook, which I prefered.

During a bout of illness, which kept me away from my regular work for a while around 1995, I took up designing patterns for tapestry on some free cross-stitch software. I realised these patterns were just what was required for latch hook designs. Having the equipment at hand, I created a fairly detailed pattern of a Chinese dragon and printed it. I cut the yarn into 3 inch lengths by hand and used tapestry wool, not a cheap option, but I had it lying around. The result is, looking back at it now, fairly poor, but at the time I was exhilarated.

I still have the rug in front of my TV, however, I have updated my software and now use PCStitch for my designs. My designs have vastly improved. Oh, and I still mainly hand-cut my yarn.

Now for the more recent addition of needle-felting, which lead to the creation of this store.

It took a 130km drive to visit a group of llama farmers, and the chance craft demonstration by some of the farmers (female, I must inform you, the male farmers tend to keep away from craft, for reasons I don't understand) before I discovered my greatest craft passion, two years ago.

My partner, Jeanette, took part in a craft called wet felting. It looked too messy and fiddly for my tastes and I soon lost interest and wandered off to talk to a spinner and weaver in a nearby corner. On my arrival back to the craft table, checking on Jeanette's enjoyment and progress, my attention was caught by the demonstration of another form of felting.

On a small piece of foam, a wad of carded llama fibre was placed into a cookie cutter in the shape of a llama. This was then repeatedly pierced by a hand-held needle. The wad soon compacted into a semi solid pad of felt. This was removed from the mold and another was made. The two pieces were then needled together to form a four legged two eared llama.

I was captivated. I gave the process a go and in short order had produced a small felt shape from a different cutter. This is called "needle felting or dry felting", I was told.

On my return home I Googled for information on needle felting and, after seeing many Youtube videos on the subject, realised you don't need a mold, you can sculpt by freeforming.

I bought some merino fleece and a couple of needles from my local craft store and my journey really began. I have demonstrated needle felting to a few small groups, and shown my skills at a large llama farmer stand at the Royal Brisbane Show. The comments I received from observers about wanting to buy my sculptures were so encouraging I had to look for an outlet, preferably web-based to sell from.

A little online research introduced me to Etsy. After perusing the handiwork on show I decided this was the place for me to launch my own store.

And that's my store's story.

Shop members

  • Tobias

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I have a twisted interest in biology and anatomy fuelled by a proclivity for wicked humour. My constructions are handmade, from personal research and what ever strikes me as interesting at the time.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 27, 2018
Welcome to Felt Wicked.

I take great pleasure making these sculptures. Each one is constructed in a smoke free environment from a natural fibre, usually merino, Corriadale, or New Zealand fleece, but I sometimes use llama fibre, usually shorn from my llama friends up in Ottaba, Queensland, Australia. Some of the accoutrements to these are purchased fittings - the hooks, beads and findings - but the design, effort, and words are mine.

Other items I make, namely my latch hook rugs, do use purchased blank canvas, wool, and yes, I do use acrylic yarn for some of these. All designs and patterns are made from my own photos or public domain royalty free photographs not from kits.

A picture of the requested item, or of a selection of them, can be sent to you before I post it so you can request a particular one. If you are not sure ask me.

I welcome positive, constructive feedback. I look forward to hearing from you with your opinions, likes, dislikes, questions, requests, and suggestions.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If there are any problems, issues or queries about payment and shipping, please email me as I am very open to sorting these out, and to make our transactions and relationship as smooth and positive as possible.

Refunds may be made if the item sent is not the actual item you requested. The item should be returned to me at the buyers expense, after we have negotiated the terms.

Refunds may be made on digital items that are corrupted or not as advertised: the onus of proof lies with the buyer, and will be dealt with on a case-by-case manner.

Choose carefully, as a change of mind is not a reason for a refund.

Please note, as my items are works of handcraft art they cannot be classified as "faulty". I will not send substandard work, however, some of the items may appear slightly rough or 'disfigured' as that is my style. A picture of the requested item, or of a selection of them, can be provided before I post it so you.
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PayPal and Credit/Debit cards (Direct Checkout) are the prefered methods of payment. Bank Deposit is available to all buyers.

Any taxes and fees due on items sent are payable by the recipient not the seller.

If there are any problems, issues, queries about payment, please email me as I am very open to sorting these out, and to make our transactions and relationship as smooth and positive as possible.
Shipping
Any taxes, fees, and customs duties due on items are payable by the recipient not the seller. None of my products should contravene any of the destination nation's customs laws, but please ensure this is the case before making payment. Please check with your local authorities or the authorities of the recipient if they are in a different country for any duties, taxes, fees, or excluded items.

I will package your purchases as safely as possible.The item will be sent within three (3) business days unless it is a custom order or the item page states otherwise.

International orders can take quite a long time. As I reside in Australia it is usual for 15 days to 30 days to pass before delivery. A tracking number is an option if you wish, please ask me for the price.

I supply my items as cheaply as possible via regular AirMail. Cheaper Sea Mail is available if your country offers it and you don't mind waiting the extra time.

Sometimes I do not charge a delivery price, particularly on the more expensive items. However, any basic mail charges will be declared on the shipping page.

If you wish another form of delivery, such as registered mail, insurance, etc, then please contact me before sending payment for the item.