It’s so important for small businesses to support one another, especially in special niches such as the equine industry. So, when the online radio show, Horses in the Morning, invited me to speak as part of their equine artist spotlight last week, I was excited.
If you haven’t heard of Horses in the Morning, and you’re a horse lover, I highly recommend tuning into Glenn and Jamie. They have comfortable, carefree chats and cover a plethora of equine related topics from horse health to events to the people working with horses.
We are all aware of the devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic had had on the health of the world. It’s also affecting the economy in crippling ways.
All Wooled Up has seen firsthand the effects of the government’s “Stay at Home” orders. First, our booth at The Farmhouse Market in Greenwood, Ind., has been closed when the shop closed in March. It was our one stable location where we had hoped to offer many items to Hoosiers throughout the year.
Second, two of our favorite festivals that we attend yearly have been canceled.
The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington has always been one of my favorite events. I’ve been a vendor ever since it started, 11 years ago. It’s a festival done in partnership with the Bluegrass Stock Dog Trials held at Masterson Station Park. And while the weather was never 100% the best, we always had great crowds.
The Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Ind., in June has also been cancelled. This was another event I never missed, despite the heat that comes with June in Indiana.
The loss of these two events are a huge hit to small businesses such as All Wooled Up. For my business, I do primarily all my sales in person–whether it’s at a festival or in a shop booth. My needlefelting I something that is mostly appreciated if you can see it in person and touch the medium. My shawls draw you in by their texture and warmth as you wrap them around your shoulders.
I am hoping to offer more ways to purchase my items online, whether it’s the new Yarn Kits, custom needlefelting projects, hand knitted items, etc. I’ll post on my Facebook page as well as this website. I hope to kickstart my Etsy store back up again, as well.
All of this is in hopes you’ll continue to support small businesses, especially the ones that rely on events and festivals for their sales, a lot like my friends at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival and Hoosier Hills.
The proud Appaloosa War Pony stands defiantly in the sun, looking over the hilltop. He is a hand needle-felted pony with natural fibers, standing out on the tan, red and cream plaid wool backing. Framed with a natural, repurposed wooden frame with no glass. It’s gallery hung and ready for your walls.
One of the funniest expressions I tend to get from viewers of my fiber art comes from when I tell them that sometimes I use dog hair in my needle felting.
You use what?
After all, what’s the best way to make sure that the unique color and texture of your beloved canine’s fur is captured than by using his own fur!?
I’ve had owners request to have custom portraits needlefelted of their dogs, and if it is a unique breed or has a unique coloring, I’ll ask if they mind sending some of the fur so I can incorporate it into my all-natural fibers. All it takes is a few minutes of brushing to get the undercoat (note: this is more successful with dogs that have a dual coat versus those such as a Parson Russell Terrier), place it in a baggie and mail away!
Some questions you might have:
Q: Do I need to bathe my dog first? A: While it’s not necessary, it is appreciated, especially if your dog prefers to roll in a new “cologne” on a daily basis.
Q: Can I cut the fur? A: Please no! First of all, that would not look good on your pup, second of all it may not set well into the fabric. A simple brushing should do the trick, especially during shedding season.
Q: Does it matter where I get the hair from my dog? Back? Stomach? A: It does, but usually if you just do a general full body brushing and include all that hair, it’ll get mixed up just fine.
Q: Is this a requirement for a custom portrait? A: Not at all! It’s just something fun I like to do every once in a while. Like I said, it offers a more unique color and texture, plus it can be your own secret that within this portrait is your own pup’s fur.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions!
All Wooled Up is very excited to share its newest offering: Yarn Kits
After hearing from fans at events how they love my shawls, love the color combinations and how well I choose complimenting textures, I had an idea: why not help my fellow fiber artists and knitters by offering kits so you can create the hand knitted item of your dreams?
I spent the winter going through my extensive stash of yarn and start putting together these yarn kits. Each kit was hand-picked by me with complimenting colors and textures. Each kit contains enough yarn for a shawl or scarf, or any other small project you might have in mind.
I’ll be debuting my Yarn Kits at the Arts & Crafts Destash Event in Lafayette, Indiana, March 21. I invite you to join me and fellow artists who are looking to cleaning out their collections and help budding artists on a budget. I’ll start listing these kits online, as well, so if you can’t attend any event I’m at this year, you can shop my stash!
I’ll also have some of my felted wool and fiber available!
All Wooled Up is so excited about our next venture! This winter, we have a presence at the Farmhouse Market in Greenwood! This is a cute shop, located conveniently just south of Greenwood Mall, and the owner is very supportive of entrepreneurs.
Due to my husband’s declining health, I have not been able to be on the road as much as I used to be, so we’ve been looking for places that I could exhibit my hand knitted shawls and needle felting. I feel that having a physical presence somewhere is the best way to market and sell my items. While I love interacting with everyone on social media and Etsy, my medium is hard to market in a two-dimensional way–you need to be able to feel the textures, see the depth of the curls of the fibers.
If you’re ever near Greenwood, Indiana, I ask that you swing by the Farmhouse Market! I’m offering some hand knitted shawls, new precious stone necklaces and a few needle felted pieces of artwork.
I’m also still looking for other locations to showcase my items, and would appreciate any suggestions in the Central Indiana area!
Until then, I hope you stay cozy and have a great holiday season!
UPDATE (March 30, 2020): Unfortunately, our time in Greenwood was cut short. The Farmhouse Market location in Greenwood closed in mid-March. All Wooled Up is still looking for places in Central Indiana where we can set up a semi-permanent booth. Please let us know any recommendations.
NOW is the time to order your custom projects to be finished just in time for the holidays! I’m taking a limited amount of custom orders this season, but I want to be able to help you give the gift of a lifetime.
If you’re interested in ordering a custom work, please keep all of this in mind:
At least 2 or 3 clean, bright photos of the subject, in the angle you want. You can email these to me, or send through regular mail. I will be taking these photos and recreating them on the wool, so make sure it’s the pose you want.
At least 2 different color options for background. Some costumers don’t seem to mind what color wool background I use, but some do, so, if you do, make sure you tell me exactly what colors you’re looking for or what colors will not work at all. I can send you what I have available, or I might have to make special shopping trips to get that right color.
What size? If you have a particular size of artwork in mind, please tell me from the beginning. Again, it might depend on the availability of the wool I have in stock.
Frame or no frame? If you’d like your piece to be framed artwork, please let me know. Also, if you want it framed, you may or may not have the option of leaving the glass in or keeping it raw without glass. Please inform me from the beginning.
Pillow? Great! If you’d rather have your piece be a pillow, please tell me from the beginning.
We’ll do our best to discuss every option available when we have our phone consultation, but these questions will help you be better prepared.
I understand how hard it can be to find just the right gift for that hard to shop for person, and wanting something unique. What’s even more, I know budgets are tight! So, I’m doing everyone a favor with a Pre-Christmas Clearance! I’m marking down some of my old inventory to make room for some new creations, and to make sure you’re able to share with your friends.
Check my Facebook page often for fresh deals, and I’ve got them all lined up on my website. You can send me an email with a request for the item you’d like, and I’ll get an estimate on shipping.
Don’t see something you like? Don’t forget, I can do custom pieces as well!
Lately, I’ve gotten a few custom orders honoring favorite pets. I love doing these projects, especially when they are given as gifts, because I feel like I’m helping to honor their memory and their love.
The first is a happy Airedale. As you can see, I worked off of a photo that the owner sent me. I always ask clients to send me photos of what they’d like me to mimic. While the photo was a little different than I’m use to, I liked how the greenery jumped off the purple (also her choice).
The next is a sweet kitten that will be framed and given as a gift. For some reason, cats are a little more difficult for me, but this one turned out pretty well.
Finally, another gift for Mother’s Day. I was able to be a little more creative with this one, working off a photo of a horse walking (which proves difficult, but not impossible). I’m still doing the finishing touches to this, but the gift giver is quite excited to present this soon.
This week, I’m craving something warm and delicious, like this genuinely unique hand knitted shawl with a special touch.
Featured Shawl: Blackberry Sorbet
A soft, muted mix of acrylic, wool and eyelash yarns. This knitted shawl looks like crushed blackberries poured over ice cream! Dark amethyst, pale lavender, lavender and white. There are pops of lace and eyelash yarns. This shawl is slightly shorter. So warm! Hand wash and lay flat to dry. Original pattern. A special touch is added to the front: glass beads to accent the color combination.