This winter I decided to try something different–combing needle felting with applique work on pillows. I was looking for a new style for some of my custom pillows and started with one of the easier designs I could think of–the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. So, naturally, I used my favorite little Corgi, my daughter’s dog Dallas Mae, as my model.
I gave the pillow to my daughter as a Christmas present and it’s quickly become one of the family’s favorite pillows on their couch.
While it’s not an exact replica of Dallas Mae, it adds character, which I like. I’m looking forward to trying this new style on more pillows.
“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.
During the weekend of May 19-20 we traveled to one of my favorite festivals–the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival in Lexington. I’ve been a vendor at this festival, which is held in conjunction with the Bluegrass Stock Dog Trials, for many years. It first started as reason to visit my daughter who lived in Lexington at the time, and it’s just become a favorite to sell and shop.
Now that my daughter has moved back to Indiana, we still go to the festival, but now we take my granddaughter so she can visit. Baby A loves to see all the sheep, alpaca and bunnies that are featured at the festival (not to mention the horses she always sees at the racetrack when her mom takes her).
I sold one of my most favorite new pieces at the festival to a young man who is a regular customer–every year he attends the festival he likes to add a new sheep from my collection to his. I love talking with him about the sheep and see his enthusiasm.
If you’re ever looking for a fun weekend, complete with some great working dogs and delicious food, come to Masterson Station Park the third full weekend of May.