“There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”.
-Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Hi, my name is Shawna Timmerman
I am so happy to have discovered the art of needle felting! Most of my life I dabbled a bit here and there in expressing my creativity through different art forms with nature photography always being a favorite.
Here's my story...
I love beauty, nature, and magic and love letting my mind wander to the subtle realms, especially where many of our elemental friends reside. I had a yearning to connect more deeply with those spirits who work alongside us, offering their healing, their gifts, their protection, but who often go unnoticed and undetected. I longed to connect in a more tangible way to these beings who danced around my awareness in such subtle and fleeting ways.
One day a few years back I was in a shop and saw a very simple fairy made with wool. My mind opened with inspiration and possibility and I knew I wanted to find out how to do just that!
It took a bit of online searching but I finally discovered an art called needle felting. I found a site called Felt Alive, ordered some wool and a tiny, sharp, barbed needle. I watched the online tutorial that Kay Petal of Felt Alive offered on how to make pixies.
Within the first few minutes of clumsily stabbing my wool I was bleeding and had a lumpy misshapen ball of wool. Uh oh! I felt a bit defeated and thought I wouldn’t be able to do this and I’d have to abandon the idea. But I took a deep breath, heard a tiny whisper “keep trying” (a voice I have often heard who guides me still to this day in each new project) and went back to poking my wool. Soon after I successfully had my first pixie! I did it! (Pictured down below with a more recent doll sculpture I created… aren’t they a sweet pair!)
After filling up my shelves at home with my wonderful needle felted creatures I experimented a bit with weaving, and dreamcatchers. I decided then to branch out and create something totally unique that I hadn’t seen before and I began blending weaving and needle felting in a circular form. I call them Spirit-Catchers and I’m happy to share them with you!
Of course I’ll still find time to fill my shelves with more woolly creatures…after all, there could never be too many gnomes in this world!
When I’m not working with wool I am enjoying life at home on the central coast of CA with my beautiful and much loved kitty and continuing my work of the past 23 years as a massage therapist!