Kerry Thomas

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 8 local gallery exhibitions, and had work on display in a gallery on Islay. 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.