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