I am involved in the ancient art of needle-felting. All my items are made of pure wool. To make a necklace, I begin with a small tuft of wool and begin to felt it on a foam pad with a wooden handled needle. I keep poking the felt until I form a small bead. I continue to felt the bead until it is dense. When the bead is finished, I then take other pieces of colored wool, and needle into the bead a design. Each bead is individually made and then designed. My necklaces have as many as 11 beads, but I also make necklaces with a single wool bead. I string my necklaces on sterling silver or round leather cord. I use sterling silver or vermeil toggle clasps. My purses and handbags are done the same way, except with large amounts of wool layered 5 times to make the piece well-built and strong.
I also use felt punches which have 10-12 needles per punch to felt the wool. After the piece is finished, I then needle-felt a design into the finished product. I then “wet” felt the whole piece to make the wool dense. All purses and handbags are lined and have either a zipper or snap closure.
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