Beach Mutts is an artist’s hut that started as a studio for needle felting and to spread my love of dogs. It has expanded to incorporate textile sculpture, customised dogs coats and artist’s protective wear and now my latest passion miniature unique teddy bears. Beautiful handmade needle felted animals are made in different positions. The models usually have a wire armature to allow you to pose in different positions, such as begging for a treat or tweaking the head to add cuteness. These are not toys but whimsical pieces of textile art. These little creatures take many hours to create. They can be large or small – what an unusual present!
Needle felting is a modern twist on the ancient craft of felt making. It is the process of compressing and matting fibres together to create a dense form and is one of the oldest known fibre crafts. Thousands of years ago our ancestors felted wool to create basic footwear, blankets, clothing and yurts. Wool fibres have tiny scales which interlock during the felting process. The craft of needle felting is extremely versatile. By gradually adding fibre and defining the shape through needling, 3D animals can be created entirely from wool fibres.
I am happy to make commissions using your photographs so please contact me to discuss any requests, timings and prices. I am also running two hour taster classes at Beach Mutts during August. There is a charge of £5 for materials. If you are interested please sign email me for more information.