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Updated: Feb 23, 2021

This latter half of the year has been a difficult time for me, having endured a life-changing urostomy operation and having to adjust to all that it brings, but thank goodness for my felting.

I have still managed to create the World of Wool needle felting kits as well as continue writing my much anticipated book, a link to pre-order is here! It's a very exciting time for me as a needle felter and author.

Unfortunately, the release date had to be put back a couple of months due to allowing time to recover from my operation, but back on track now. I hope needle felters around the world will find my tips and tricks useful and I am looking forward to seeing the breeds featured in the book being created with my step-by-step detailed instructions. Keep watch for announcements.

With great excitement, my book now on the third print run and only published 6 months ago as been given the award of 24th Best Felting Books of All Time!

I couldn't be more chuffed.

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It is with excitement and trepidation to announce that I have signed a book deal to write an advance "how-to" needle felting book. It will cover a handful of breeds and will explain, from start to completion how to needle felt dogs like mine. I know it will mean a lot of hard work, but I am up for the challenge. I shall also be giving away some of my secrets, so watch this space. Exciting times ahead and I hope it will set a few tails wagging. :-)

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These series of photos show a little of the creation of a Chacma Baboon. From the first body covering, creating the head, feet and hands and attaching the fur. I am constantly amazed just how versatile wool actually is for achieving realism. For this commission, the fingers and toes were a first for me, so I had to find a way to create them life-like, but without all the fuzziness created by tiny details in wool. Forth photo highlights this problem. To help with this, felting wax was used to cover the fingers at toes and underneath the feet and hands. Felting wax keeps all the stray fibres locked into the shape you create, clearly shown in forth photo. It tidies everything up nicely and gives a sort of realistic sheen, that is a baboon's feet and hands. The newly created baboon, when finished was able to go and say hello to his new friend for the long journey over to the USA. They both arrived safely. They were commissioned by a customer who's daughters had volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary in Africa, to help nurse babies who had lost their mothers. These two were created as a keepsake. The felting wax was from "Mum's Makery" who are great value and a pleasure to do business with.

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