Tuesday, 3 February 2009

QUESTIONNAIRE

Dear all,
let's restart our blog...!

I propose you a short questionnaire...It's a lot of brilliant artists here, and I am really excited to get to know all of you!

- Tell us please how you originally got into felting.

- Your favorite technique
- Your favorite materials
- Favorite colours, colour mixes
- What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
- What other shops out there do you love (not necesserely textile)?
- What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
- What are your future plans concerning felting and your shop?..

4 comments:

TheFeltElf said...

Hi, **ooh juicy questions**
I 1st started felting when I moved to Edinburgh in 2004, I saw a workshop advertised and remembered the wonderful felt coats that a college friend of mine had made for his final show. I just knew I'd love it!!
My favourite technique is wet felting, although I am persevering with some needle felting at the moment and enjoying it.
favourite colours .... all of them in as many different colourways as possible, although I do have a particular fondness of all things green!
My biggest challenge is fighting the urge to procrastinate, so easy to check your shop and lose a whole day browsing Etsy, oops.
Shops? So many... I love Elsita's shop and all her kooky creations and, by the way she has a great link to an extraordinary felter called mamaquilla .Also Alfalfalovesme, Dadaya, Ystefani, EnchantedGypsy and many more
From my shop it would have to be Deep Turquoise, it's much lovier than the photos suggest.
For the future I will be working on some felty creatures and would love to build a yurt and get into natural dyes for my felt, and, I'll be searching out non-mulesed Merino wool.

Etsy Felting Team said...

Dear Felt Elf,
it's great to hear from you.
Would be nice if you could publish this interesting text as a new post.This way you can also include a couple of photos!
As "contributor" you should have no problem to start your own posts.
If you have some difficulties, please inform me.
Olga

TheFeltElf said...

Hi Olga,
Thanks, I'll give it a go!!

makeyourpresentsfelt said...

I first started to felt when I saw the work of some children with special educational needs at a school where I was a volunteer mentor. I have always been a ‘crafter’ and really wanted to try felting for myself. One of the teachers showed me how to wet-felt over a pebble and then there was no stopping me!

I’ll felt just about anything, but it’s always nice to have something that felts really easily so that you can get quick results! Natural colours of the countryside always seem to be the ones that I return to, and grey. Though I do like to add more explosive and eye-catching shades for contrast.

I opened my Etsy shop over a year ago and I find the marketing and publicising aspect to be the biggest challenge. I am not naturally someone who finds it easy to draw attention to their work – I love doing it, and it’s such a lovely feeling when people admire it, but it’s always a surprise, too!

There are just so many wonderful talented people who sell through Etsy that it would be almost impossible to narrow it down, but I particularly admire a lot of the European artists like lapomme, who tells magical stories to go with her items, hensteeth for the freedom of spirit in her mixed media collages using old letters and envelopes, and Sassalynne for the wonderful array of colours she dyes into her threads and for her boundless energy. Don’t get me started on the jewellery shops I adore!

From my own shop I’d actually have anything for a gift, as I never put for sale anything that I would not like to receive myself. Even if I never ever sell another felted thing, I will always be a felter – it’s such a versatile and magical process that you can experiment with in an infinite number of ways and is a constant delight. And I could always help FeltElf with her yurt!