I discovered the world of needle-felting (or did it find me?!) in late August 2014, admiring the 2D and 3D works on show at a gallery in Kirkcudbright. My husband persuaded me to buy a kit to have a go myself, and it all took off from there. My first picture sold in March 2015 and I have since enjoyed being part of many local gallery exhibitions, including Gracefield in Dumfries, The Nail Factory in Dalbeattie, The Workshop Gallery in Castle Douglas, and had work on sale in a gallery on Islay. I currently sell my pictures through the PA Artist & Makers shop in Castle Douglas, The Heart of Scotland Visitor Centre in Castle Douglas, The Lime Bothy in Newton Stewart, and The Old Mill Gallery in Palnackie, as well as online through my website and my Facebook page, Fulraw Fibrecrafts, and I welcome commissions.
I love discovering new processes to add to my needle-felted pictures; free motion machine embroidery, appliqué, wet-felted elements, and using an embellisher machine, etc. I frame almost all of my own work and enjoy seeing the pictures develop from all the starting pieces through to being hung on a wall. I work from home which fits in well with my other hobby of photographing the wildlife that visits our garden. In the summer of 2016 I took on a new venture in a commission piece for a wet-felted wall-hanging landscape with sheep, using wool from their own sheep to create them; its finished size was 56" x 28".
It never ceases to amaze me just how versatile wool can be, and how very important the domestication of sheep was in the development of human culture as a whole.