I have the pleasure of belonging to an artist group called the Hand Made Here Artist Collective, which is a collection of professional artists who come together to show and sell their artwork once or twice a year.
At our collective’s art show in November 2011, I fell in love with Jill Nuckle’s felted creatures (check out her artwork on her Little Felt Factory website or Etsy Shop). I purchased a felting kit from Jill to give to my six-year-old son for Christmas. He loves anything soft, things that look a little different, and is still very open to making art with his mom.
Jill is one of our founding members and has a BFA in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Art & Design (Calgary). On her website, she describes her fascination with bulding art pieces from wool: “I am drawn to natural materials and the ancient traditional processes that are part of our human experience.”
The kit we bought from Jill came with all the supplies we needed to make a little “loveable monster” from scratch. Inside the kit, I would get the instructions to learn to felt for the first time, and he would end up with a funky little monster to take to bed. It was definitely a win-win for mom and kid. Here is how we made out.