I’ve been learning to needle felt this year. It’s such a brilliant medium – a sort of cross between painting and sculpture, as the wool needs to be built up then decorated with colour. What better way to utilise my new craft than by recreating two of my favourite woolly characters, Suki and Sosh! They now dangle together, hearts forever entwined in Michelle Robinson’s kitchen.
Meet Mimi Lee!
I’ve been making her over the past few weeks to celebrate the launch of my book How to Train the Perfect Parents (Templar). She’s a quirky little person so I’ve had a lot of fun trying to capture that. I used a mix of materials; synthetic fleece, wool, felting wool, felt, jersey, tulle, with the specs from a kid’s fancy dress shop in China.
It’s a bit of a process of trial and error making something from scratch like this, with quite a bit of unpicking and reassembly along the way. But I think she’s turned out just fine; part Muppet, part doll with an unmistakable cheeky look in her eyes!