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.
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.
“I started needle felting 12 years ago after attending a workshop in hand arts in Central Indiana,” says Michelle. “I fell in love with it because it was a way for me to express my creativity in ways that I hadn’t been able to before.”
Michelle Arszman is the artist and owner of All Wooled Up, a fiber arts shop located in Central Indiana, but travels around the Midwest to festivals and fairs. Her medium is one that is uncommon, but when people see it in person they are in awe of the delicate detail in each picture.
Michelle is a retired nurse and mother to two daughters and grandmother to a precocious toddler and a handful of pups. She lives on a horse farm with her husband of 40+ years and enjoys meeting new people to teach her craft to wherever she goes.
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!
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!
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.
Each week during the holiday season, I’ll feature a product for sale!
Featured Needle Felted Accessory: Jolly Snowmen
Two options to bring some happiness into your home this Winter season! These snowmen pillows are perfect not just for the holidays but all Winter long. The left pillow features a pair of snowmen hand needle felted on a dark green and tan tartan background. The right snowman is hand needle felted on a red plaid background. Each measure approximately 12″x12″, so they’re the perfect small accent pillow. Purchase together or separately.
Each week during the holiday season, I’ll feature a product for sale!
Featured Shoulder Bag: Wild & Wooly
It’s time to get a little wild and wooly with this unique purse! Felted cream wool sweater features a sunburst of vibrant, natural fibers on the flap and long locks sewn on for that extra flair. Velcro closure, fully lined in cotton fabric. Tan, up cycled faux leather shoulder straps are reinforced onto the bag.
THIS BAG HAS SOLD! However, if you like the looks of this bag, we can work together on a custom piece for you!