Needle-Felted Art, Custom Pet Portraits, and Soft Sculptures

I first discovered felting when I was twelve years old.  My family made a trip to the little stone library in our town, and I checked out a book on needle-felting.  My mom bought me some wool and a needle at a local yarn shop, and I sat down at our kitchen table and taught myself how to felt.

At first I made little three-dimensional animals and characters just for fun.  A couple years later, I experimented with the two-dimensional portrait style, and someone saw it and asked me to make a custom pet portrait.  After my first commission I started to think about my hobby more seriously.  I made some more portraits for samples and started taking orders for custom portraits, and I gave my business a name.  From there, needle-felting has led me to art contests, gallery exhibits, and fairs.  I met some great people and I love to connect with my customers.  There is great satisfaction in making something by hand, sending it out carefully wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon, and then hearing about someone's joyful or bittersweet reaction to opening the package and seeing their favorite dog or cat looking up at them.

From Bolton, Massachusetts to the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, I continue to offer detailed, realistic, and personalized portraits, working hard and communicating with my customers to achieve the perfect final product.  

Thank you for 5 years of supporting my small business!

~Katelyn Mumford

Fancifelt est. 2013

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How Does Needle~Felting Work?

If you take a look at wool underneath a microscope, you will notice little scales on each fiber.  This is what makes wool feel scratchy.  Alpaca fiber, which is softer to the touch, has smoother, smaller scales.  When a barbed felting needle is poked into the fiber, these microscopic scales interlock like puzzle pieces.  The more the needle is poked into the fiber, the tighter the wool becomes.  After a lot of tapping with the needle, the wool forms into a sculpture or a finished portrait.

Below is a time~lapse video of me needle~felting a portrait of one of my alpacas, Monique.  Enjoy!

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