Cherry Ambrose

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Cherry had explored many varied mediums before discovering a natural ability with needle-felting, after having it on her “to-do list” for a number of years she finally gave it a go in December 2014 and she has not looked back.

What is Needle Felting?

In very basic terms, needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to knot or interlock wool fibres to form felt. Wool fibres have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material.

Felting needles are used in a stabbing motion, into the wool, commonly over a foam pad, the wool is worked or stabbed, over and over again to produce a felt piece that can be shaped into anything you chose!

 “ I enjoy the flexibility of working with wool, building up the shape and getting a feel for how the piece will evolve. I found the medium opened a huge world of creativeness for me, I especially like working in 3D but have ventured into some 2D work in which I sometimes combine tweed, it works well with the wool and I just love the texture and patterns available.

I usually take inspiration for my creations from the natural world around my Highland home, particularly the wildlife.  I often try to incorporate natural found elements within my pieces, this can been seen at its best in my squirrel wall pieces. After hunting for suitable pieces of bark I treat them with various strengthening agents before I can attach the felted squirrels which are wired into place. I have plans to develop these designs further in 2016 incorporating other small mammals and some birds”.

For more information please view artist’s own website Cherry Ambrose


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