For most of my life, I have knitted practical items such as hats and mitts and weaving scarves. In recent years, my increasing creativity and joy has resulted in another fibre art known as needle felting, which is the process of turning wool fibres into whimsical 3D “friends”, known as Annesfeltedfriends.
I love creating little mice, especially the one called, “Never not knitting”.
I also enjoy needle felting Gnomes and little Waldorf style dolls.
Listening to classical music and watching documentaries.
Also reading both ebooks and physical books.
Walking, (but I don’t do enough of this).
Where do you work on your creations?
As I live in a one bedroom apartment which contains more than a life supply of yarn and wool fibre,
I “work” on my creations on the dining room table.
How do you occupy your mind while working?
Needle felting and knitting and weaving are very mediative for me, so most of the time I work in silence.
Sometimes I listen to classical music.
Inspiration come to me through meditation, and nature, and seeing other work online.
What's the most difficult part of the process?
Most difficult for me in needle felting is getting the small details right. That’s why most of my “friends” don’t have fingers or toes.
Lots of online and in person positive comments, like “cute” or “lovely”.
What else should readers know about you and your creations?
In view of the depressing world situation, I seek to bring joy to those who look at my “work”, to bring a smile or two.
Right now I am selling at craft fairs. Previously I had an Etsy shop, and I may open it up again.
Meet Anne Brandly at the Peterborough Public Library on November 12th, 10am - 2pm, and at 347 Burnham St in Peterborough, Ontario on December 3rd, 10am - 2pm!