Crochet and Needle Felted Design
Wool has been a part of my life since my very first moments. When I was born I was wrapped in a woollen blanket, my dolls were dressed in handmade, woollen clothes and as I grew my grandmother dressed me in clothes she'd knitted herself.
I was taught to knit by my grandmother (several times! It didn't always sink in!), but my true woollen epiphany came in 2007, when my sister introduced me to needle felting with merino wool.
I fell hopelessly in love!
I worked with felt whilst I studied at The University College Falmouth, UK, and incorporated needle felting into my final, sculptural pieces.
And I just haven’t been able to stop felting since.
I love working on my unique, one of a kind, needle felted sculptures and in 2010 I took my feltwork another step further and launched my first online shop that lead to the birth of Rebecca’s Emporium.
A wonderful few years of loving and developing my feltwork followed. Gathering my inspiration from a world which needed a little cheering up. I love that my felt pieces bring smiles to people's faces. A random smile from an unlikely source.
Then in 2013 I decided to develop my skills in another craft, alongside my feltwork - crochet.
A craft so ancient and so constant throughout my life. Knowing that I was about to start a family, I needed to learn the craft for myself and bring it into my own little one's life. (That and it's much safer to be crocheting around a baby then using felting needles!)
My development into motherhood was mirrored with my development of crochet and joining with my love of making the little things fun, I have found myself making things to make meal times fun with my growing little ones. I've worked and tested many designs with many yarns but am finally happy with my designs to be able to bring them to Rebecca's Emporium.
My aim is to Make The Little Things Fun. To make you smile in a little moment of your day, just something little, but totally worthwhile.
- from Reading, UK
Felting is a process that takes woolen fibres and either with tiny barbed needles or hot soapy water, matts the fibres together in such a way as to create a solid fabric. The more you matt the fibres the denser and stronger the fabric will become.
But not only can you create flat sheets of this fabric, you can also create 3D forms.
•Business Owner and Designer 2011 onwards
of Rebecca's Emporium
University College Falmouth 2006 - 2009
•Contemporary Craft Design BA(Hons)
•New Designers (part one) 2009
•University College Falmouth’s Summer
•Re-collection Exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum 14th March 2008
30th Oct 2009
•Glendurgan Gardens in Cornwall - 2008
•Exhibition at The Poly Arts Centre in Falmouth 2008