felt jar

My friend Laura has just opened a new Etsy shop called felt jar, featuring her wonderful, whimsical felted things. Her items are all 100% wool that have been either needle or wet-felted. Right now in her shop you can find owls, ladybugs, ornaments, acorns, pincushions, gnomes and other felted treasures.

If you’re not familiar with needle felting, it’s a labor-intensive process that involves painstakingly shaping and punching wool roving with a sharp needle hundreds (maybe thousands) of times to create dense felt shapes. Wet felting involves immersing the felt into hot water and forming shapes by molding it with your hands. Felting isn’t easy and it’s even harder on your hands.

Laura is also the photographer for my upcoming book for Chronicle Books, which explains why her photographs are so beautiful. You’d better hurry over and take a look now before her shop is sold out!

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