The websites to buy or sell handmade items have increased for the past few years. Besides the online market these days, more and more showcases are held where artists sell their own products over the counter by themselves. The “exhibition & sale” style craft event is exciting for customers to meet the artist whom they usually deal with through the net. Such an occasion also gives artists a rare opportunity to talk personally with their online shop customers. tetote, which is one of the online marketplaces of crafts in Japan, recently held the showcase named “tetote handmade bazaar @ Hankyu Umeda” in Osaka. I met a wonderful artist with her lovely products there.
What cute animals they are! My eyes met theirs for a while. The animals in the above picture were created by the needle felting artist Lycka.
Lycka, who loves the soft feel of woolen felt, was fascinated by the wool texture and started needle felting almost two years ago.
Lucka says “lucka means ‘happiness’ in Swedish. I want to make more people happy through my products. That is what I keep in mind while making a needle felted item.”
The work in the picture was made with the theme of “the animals in the woods”. It is a scene where animals get together in the woods to share fruits. It makes you feel warm inside, doesn’t it? She continues, “I made these rabbits while actually observing a real one. The eyeliners were added with black wool.”
“In my mind the best part of needle felting is the image becomes formed as is.” Lucka expresses. Forming shapes without threads or sewing needles is what the needle felting creators enjoy. For those who are familiar with sewing according to patterns, needle felting is a bit challenging. Once you create something, you may discover something about yourself you have never known.
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