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A Heart-Felted Apology


Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert* (*misspelling intentional, as usual)

Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert*
(*misspelling intentional, as usual)

If you read my Thursday Etsomnia posts, you know how hard I am on the poor felters.I’m horrible. I know. But some of this stuff is so wonderfully weird, so bizarrely bad, so deliriously derpy, so epically creepy, I just can’t help myself.

Recently, though, two things have softened my attitude toward felting. The first was the unexpected-but-thoroughly-appreciated arrival of Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert (that’s her on the right). She now sits on the cookies to keep me from eating them. Made by high school chum Pamela, I absolutely love her. In fact, I have to defend her on a weekly basis from my beloved Riley, who feels rather strongly that my Prissy is better suited to a 2 1/2-year-old than to a middle-aged woman. We have agreed to disagree on this point. Priscilla is MINE.

The second pin in the balloon of my scorn for all things felted is Etsy maker SpringGroveAlpacas. I was hunting around for the worst-looking felted pony I could find (as a joke gift), and this seller’s shockingly cute work popped up. I immediately knew I was in trouble. The one-two punch of my Prissy followed by these way-too-lovable faces was more than I could resist.

So here, without further ado, here is the work of the best felter in the world, as far as I can tell. When I showed it to beloved, we squeed ourselves silly. Enjoy!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

29 thoughts on “A Heart-Felted Apology

  1. I think one of the big problems for the medium is that it has a very low barrier to entry. It’s the same curse faced by the fine artisans who work in many other fibers . . . inexpensive raw materials and a HUGE learning curve from competent to fabulous . . . and Etsy. You calls ’em as you sees ’em – good and bad. I like that.

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    • Thank you! I try to be fair, even though I live in horror that one of the people whose work I make jokes about will see it and be discouraged. It’s a thin line between being the class clown and one of the mean girls.


  2. Thanks! You’re going to cost me money. Naomi does commissioned work, I want one of my beloved Wally. He was a wirehair dachshund and my baby. She is very talented.

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  3. Reblogged this on Minzoo Needle Felting and commented:
    From OBT blog.. I get fun reding this; so I found now one of my pieces is “wonderfully weird” oh I love this description for it!!!

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  4. Gosh they are amazingly lifelike well done on admitting you were wrong to diss all felters

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  6. Look at those eyes! Oh my gosh–everybody jump in the cart! I’m buying! These are way too cute, Donna. There is just something about felt….

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  7. Felt makes me gag. It’s a texture thing. So bad felting has me running to the hills screaming and breaking out in hives. But now you’ve gone and found good felting and I want some. I’m so conflicted right now!

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  8. Oh hells. I always hated this stuff . . . until now.

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  9. OK, I know nothing of the craft, but these are incredible.

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  10. Really enjoyed this, not only is spring Grove alpacas amazingly talented but she is also a really lovely lady! Thank you for giving a heads up to all us felters out there. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in tat on easy xxx

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  11. Well it’s not bad work I suppose but plenty of room for improvement I can see!!..and as for those crumbs on that kitchen floor!!…well honestly, the shame of it!!…and as a person she definitely fits the wonderfully weird bracket!!!…just don’t tell her I said so 😉 xx

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    • Ladies and gentlemen, the artist herself! Do you see how people are falling over your work? These little guys are painfully adorable, even to me with my heart of ice and stone.

      (And I know nothing about those crumbs on the floor. Or I’m holding them for a friend. Or something.)

      You stay wonderfully weird. I will, too.


  12. These are fabulous. And I love Priscilla too! My kids attended a Waldorf school so I know the work that goes into felting. I remember calling a handworks teacher after one child brought home sheep’s wool to wash. “Is it supposed to smell this bad?” I asked. “Yes”, she replied. “Keep washing”

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  13. Wow, those pooches are absolutely amazing–and adorable. Kudos to the artist!

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