Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

Brighton, England On Etsy since 2011

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Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

Brighton, England | 721 Sales

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

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


Last updated on 26 Mar, 2020

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

Please note 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 721
On Etsy since 2011

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 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 14 April, 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
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Return 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 personalised 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.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.
This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

Information I Collect
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewellery, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
• 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
• as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
• 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.
• Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
• Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
• Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention
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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Last updated on 08 Apr, 2016
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