Doll of the month in May is made with the technique I call “soft granite”. I have used raw wool from the Gotland sheep and at first I make the wool loose for the whole doll by spreading the fibers in each staple and that makes the wool airy and easy to work with. That means that I do not card the wool but use it directly to shape with.
The doll of the month for March is this grey striped cat that is sitting in the spring sunshine. The cat is needle felted with wool from a German factory where they produce yarn for knitting and they had a lot of waste, which could not be used for anything, but for me it was perfect because it was dyed in stripes that inspired to make cats.
The new year begins with this little snow-white kitten that looks a little anxious being out in the big nature for the first time. I was inspired to make the kitten because I got some very beautiful home-carded finn-wool from one of my customers, and for a while I had wanted to make a little cat so here was the opportunity.
This month I have, as I use to do every year, chosen a pixie as doll of the month here in December. My workshop is already full of all my very different pixies and the one I have chosen for you is this Father Christmas with his white beard and his red braces. He has even a repaired hole on the knee of his trousers.
The dolls of the month for this November are two little singing birds. They have nearly natural size and they are from this technique for birds I have worked with the last half year. I love to study the birds and find pictures of them until I know in every detail how this certain bird, that I will make, looks. I use a very very fine rainbow dyed merino for them, so I have all the shades of beautiful colors I need to make them look alive.
This dog that is doll of the month in September is needled basically on a cylindered shape with a head needled onto it. The cylinder is chosen because I wanted to show how the staples of wool can be used one by one and how clear you can see the staples the way they are needled on from bottom to top.
This month I have made a woodpecker that is doll of the month. The last half year I have worked with wolves as theme for the exhibition that is now finished. I have now started working on my next exhibition, that has a theme with dogs and then there will also be a group of little singing birds on this next exhibition.