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Sep062011

Fabulous Felt...

 

The other day I was searching for felt acorns online as I'd like to add some to a little bowl I recently found. Plus, autumn is coming and I'm starting to think about windy, crisp days after all this stagnant heat we've endured in the South. I quickly came across these lovely acorns from Felt Jar and fell in love in an instant. 

Artist, Laura Malek from Atlanta, Georgia, creates these wonderful acorns in a variety of fun colors that can work with almost any decor. 

To make these, Laura uses a wet felting process which entails wool roving, hot sudsy water and as she describes, "a lot of agitation with your hands." 

Laura's favorite felt creation is this adorable needle felted owl. I love the idea of perching him on a little twig- how sweet this would be for a window sill or bookshelf. 

I really love her birds. Laura explains, "My birds are of course inspired by nature, but also the endless hours spent in my backyard bird watching with my son. His excitement about every bird that stops in our backyard is contagious. You can't help but love them."

To make her birds, Laura uses a process called needle felting and as she explains, "It's done by taking wool roving (unspun wool) and by using a barbed needle, I then sculpt the wool into a shape or object." Find the sweet nest with three eggs here. 

Laura is inspired by the natural world around her and caters her handmade goods to a wide audience, explaining, "My intention when creating a felted object is to make it useful for both adults and children. I would hope that adults find the design modern and that each item has a place in their home. For children, the objects are great for gentle play and inspiring imagination. I have played endless hours of 'hide the acorns.'

Besides being a fabulous artist, Laura is an accomplished photographer. Check out her site here and the wonderful book she photographed for Chronicle, 1-2-3 Sew. To see all of Laura's lovely wool and felt items, click here. Thank you for sharing your nature inspired art with us Laura and for following your passion...your voice is needed and deeply appreciated. 

 

Photos: Laura Malek   Content: Sweet Peach

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Reader Comments (10)

Oh, these are so precious. I love all of her work!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie

I'm in love with these acorns. What a cool idea, and great colors to choose from.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'd love to learn how to do this. All of her pieces are little works of art, so fun!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClara

well - laura is living my dream. be a great crafter and a great photographer. I'm still working at both with much passion - just need more time. beautiful work!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpam @ pamwares

I have always loved Laura's work! The little owls are just precious and I love seeing her new items. This was such a fun post to read and learn more about the felting process.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love Laura's shop on Etsy! Her creations are so fun!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarn

what a talented photographer and needle felter! love your creations

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathi

Ok these felt pieces are to die for???? It totally gets you in the mood for fall!!!!!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlori

The acorns are adorable...they look so simple, but I'm sure they take a lot of
time and patience to make.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

What beautiful work! And the patience you have to do this. The acorns are so cute, but I love your owls.

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat K.

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