Needle felting is a technique that allows you to felt fibres, either plant or animal ones, in a somewhat sculptural way. Loads of fiber artists and hobbyists take a liking to this creative activity as you need is just a few tools to work with – fiber, a needle and base for felting – and to create pieces that are bursting with detail.
Like in the case of Simon Brown, also known as @thegentlemanfelter. An extraordinary needle felter that brings wildlife with incredible animals to life. Owls, foxes, robin redbreasts and hares. Some napping, some jumping and others chirping. All with a striking beauty and realism. Unworldly and fairytale-like. They look like they’re going to come to life any minute.
We had the opportunity to work together with Simon who agreed to create some of his animal friends for us. Simon chose our Maori, a mix of wool from New Zealand which is designed specifically for needle felting. Whereas the subjects are a pair of cute owls snuggling up to each other in the snow and a cheerful hare taking a giant leap.
Now let’s get to know the The Gentleman Felter better. He’s going to tell us a little bit about his world and how he found working with our Maori. Simon is easy-going with a really sarcastic sense of humour and loves the surrounding nature. At least that’s what impression we got. What about you, what do you think he’s like?