Hello! My name is Margret-Ann Miller, and I am a needle felt artist. I was born in Toledo, Ohio where I still reside.
What is needle felting?
Needle felting creates felt without the use of water. The notches along the shaft of the needle grab the top layer of fibers and tangle them with the inside layers of the fibers. The notches face down towards the tip of the needle so that they do not pull the fibers out as you pull the needle out of the wool.
I started needle felting quite by accident several years ago. I have been a quilter for twenty years or so, and I bought a little needle felting kit at a national quilt convention. I love hand quilting and applique, and 3-D aspects on a quilt. I wanted to give my quilts, even more, depth, and I thought wool fabric and wool roving would do the trick. I did not like following patterns and usually adapted them to my vision of what I wanted the quilt to be.
Currently I am volunteering and participating in the National Parks and Wildlife Refuge’s Artist-in-Residence programs. I am working on a doll line that combines my dolls with realistic animals and emphasize endangered species. I hope to write more children’s books around this concept.
Wool is my clay, and I can sculpt most anything from it. I use many types of natural fibers in my work, and I hand-dye a lot of these fibers to get just the right color. I hope you enjoy my creations as I have a head full, waiting in line. As my grandmother used to say, “I can see it in my mind’s eye.” I see a lot there, lurking in the shadows, waiting to be born.