Hello Dear Fiber Folk! I am happy to have a few blogspots to share with you through November! In the midst of the cold and the dark, we’ll have some true beauty to enjoy! First up is a maker I found and admired on Instagram for a long time. Emma Amy Jane Wall is the creative mind behind MiddleMist Makes–a wonderfully whimsical felt artist from the UK. I fell in love with her wee hedgehogs–which are a lovely charity project, as it turns out! And her felt artwork comes to life on her wooly canvases. So much beauty! I’ll let Emma take it from here: she was generous enough to answer some questions and send some cute-as-pie photos of her artwork. Check out her site and her craftiness and you will see the love that goes into each piece 🙂 ❤
Where did the inspiration for MiddleMist Makes come from?
The first time I picked up a felting needle was back in 2014 as a means of a creative outlet during those first few months of becoming a mum. I was instantly hooked, and fascinated by the endless possibilities that come from a needle and a handful of wool. My style of felting is greatly influenced by a love for nature and its wildlife.
What has been your favorite creation to date?
My favourite is definitely the hedgehog brooches, they are such a pleasure to create, and a portion of the profits go towards rehabilitating hedgehogs who are doing poorly. I also enjoy making Unicorn brooches and styling their manes with beautifully coloured wools.
Who are your biggest crafting influences/inspirations?
I hugely admire all artists and creatives, it’s a difficult thing putting your work out there as we persistently pour our hearts into our craft. I am particularly drawn to wildlife photographers and whimsical water colour artists, their eye for tiny details is truly inspirational.
Can you tell us a little more about the Help a Hedgehog Project?
I come from a family of Hedgehog lovers, and I can remember clearly rescuing many from our local area as a child. I definitely have a soft spot for them.
After hearing that the hedgehogs are dramatically disappearing from our countryside with numbers thought to be less than one million left in the UK, I really wanted to help.
I’ve designed special little Hedgehog Brooches, with five pounds from each sale going towards the care and equipment needed to rehabilitate the growing number of poorly Hedgehogs coming into the care of the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Gloucestershire.
I am extremely pleased to say that so far, I have raised £250 for them, with the hope to raise much more.
Any advice for new needle felters?
Stick with it, it takes a lot of patience and practice, and don’t be afraid to experiment and explore your own style and methods of needle felting.
Where can folks find your shop? or find out more about you?
You can find my little brooches and wool paintings on my website www.middlemistmakes.co.uk and I am also on Etsy.
What’s new on the horizon for your shop?
Middlemist Makes is still very much a work in progress, I am continually developing new design ideas, and exploring new ways of expressing my love for nature, animals and colour.
There will of course be new jewellery collections released next year. I will also be focusing a lot more on my wool paintings, and possibly pet portraits.
I also have something exciting to announce in February 2018!
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Thanks so much Emma!
I love meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above)