Visiting the LowCountry in May?
There are Two Very Special Events Happening in the LowCountry
A Taste of Beaufort, S.C. May 6-7, 2016
Fifteen local Chefs give everyone a taste of their fabulous local cuisine. Enjoy Live Music, Food, Arts and Crafts at the Waterfront Park in Beautiful Beaufort. Click here for more information
The 30th Annual Gullah Festival May 27-29, 2016
A celebration of the historic Sea Island Gullah-Geechee Culture. Learn about the history, customs, language, and accomplishments of this unique African American culture that is only found in the LowCountry. Click here for more information
Realistic Claws and Fingers for Needle Felted Animals
A Big Thank you to Marie, over at Living Felt for being our guest writer. She is a master at Needle Felting and holds several classes on the art. This is her tutorial on how to create realistic claws and fingers for needle felted animals.
Gerry's specialty is Custom Pet Portraits. She accepts commissions for a three dimensional Needle Felted Sculpture of your Pet. Gerry uses photos and samples of your pets fur to match color and texture of the fibers. You can see many examples of her commissions at her Etsy Shop.
She also creates wedding cake toppers, like the one you see above; and needle felting kits that she designs herself. Check them out in her Etsy Shop.
Gerry also writes the Gourmet Felted's Weblog where she offers tips and tricks and answers questions about creating with this medium. She loves to get e-mail questions at her weblog and enjoys"Helping People Find The Joy of Needle Felting".
In preparation for the newsletter this month; I reached out to Felt artists and crafters to learn more about the subject. I read some articles and reviewed websites and pinterest boards. Jerry and I started to see Felt being used in Art everywhere. I shared photos and wrote about Felt Art I was finding in my community in my blog. I also had an inspirational conversation with Marie Spaulding. Marie wrote the tutorial for this newsletter and is the Founder of Living Felt. She has some inspirational messages about creating, teaching, and running a business. You'll also find our conversation at my blog site.
Terese Cato, a Needle Felting Artist, just released a new book.
"Needle Felting Masks and Finger Puppets" is available also as an e-book. The book includes photos and step by step instructions for creating functional art that you can Display and Use. Make animal masks and finger puppets to stimulate imagination and story telling for all ages.