Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

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Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

Brighton, United Kingdom | 748 Sales

Announcement    Animal inspired costume wear in the stunningly tactile medium of felt. Eared and horned headdresses for theatre, festivals and for the everyday!

Please note each item is made from scratch hence the reason I only show the listing as having 1 available. After a sale I renew the item so it becomes available again. Please contact me first if you need more than one.

Shipping to United States takes around 5 - 10 working days. Contact me first if you have a deadline to meet.


Last updated on Sep 3, 2020

Animal inspired costume wear in the stunningly tactile medium of felt. Eared and horned headdresses for theatre, festivals and for the everyday!

Please note each item is made from scratch hence the reason I only show the listing as having 1 available. After a sale I renew the item so it becomes available again. Please contact me first if you need more than one.

Shipping to United States takes around 5 - 10 working days. Contact me first if you have a deadline to meet.



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About KarenRao

Sales 748
On Etsy since 2011

Painting with Wool!

The process of felt making was revealed to me while attending a children's art day with my kids at the Brighton Museum. We returned home and together we created a large scale felt wall hanging for our living room, complete with matching accessories ... and my passion grew from there.

We left London and started a new life in Brighton, leaving behind 20 years of my life as a graphic designer and a further 20 years of my life full stop! The sea has always held a special place for me, mainly visiting during the annual summer exodus as day trips to the Essex coast. Living by the sea is so stimulating, observing the ferocious power of the sea to the hypnotic quality of calm waters. It was here that my love for the waves inspired me to create my powerful ‘Wave Series’ of hand felted wall art.

Felt is such a versatile medium for expression that my source of inspiration within nature is constantly evolving. Originating with her dramatic felted seascapes, to pretty floral corsages and feather brimmed hats. Now my style of felt making results in realistic animal inspired hats, rich in colour and texture. Natural soft wools and rugged fleeces are carefully blended to create bespoke headdresses for theatre costumes, festival wear and just for fun! I strive to create wearable art that is fun and fresh and that little bit different.

I regularly exhibit at crafts fairs, agricultural events, medieval and faerie festivals around the South of England. During the Summer months I hold wet felting workshops alongside which involves creating a mini work of art using just wool, soap and water! I’ve run hugely popular felt making sessions at large scale events, private group lessons and whole class felting in schools following national curriculum topic work. I sell online to customers all over the world: headdresses for private parties, stag nights, halloween costumes and for theatre productions.

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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 in the form of animal inspired headwear in the stunningly tactile medium of felt. Wear these for theatre costume, for festival and for everyday wear!

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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!

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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)
Returns and exchange details
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.
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• as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
• when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
• if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
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• Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
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I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU,

Your Rights
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
• Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
• Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
• Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
• Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Karen Rao, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at karen [!at] karenrao.com. Alternately, you may mail me at:
Karen Rao, 3 Burton Villas, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6FN United Kingdom
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