I am looking forward to exhibiting at The Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa Gallery this year from the 15th - 18th June. I will also be demonstrating some of the techniques of needle felting with gorgeous British wool. Come and say hello.
Denise Liebermann, also known as Crafty Gal, is a Warwickshire based fibre artist specialising in all things needle felted, Denise also runs workshops to share the joy of this magical craft.
I have been in search of a creative way to earn my living for as long as I can remember – selling my corporate business earlier this year finally presented the opportunity to do something about it. And because I’d been on the look out for so long I knew exactly what I wanted to do next!
Having concentrated on photography and life drawing for many years, the sculptural aspect of the human form has always fascinated me – identifying a way to channel that passion into something tangible was the challenge, until I found WOOL! And more specifically NEEDLE FELTING!
As a medium glorious British Wool has got to be one of the most wondrous to work with! The feel of such a natural texture is heavenly, and there’s a sense of magic when stabbing wool fibre in it’s many forms, that’s pretty hard to beat.
The rules of needle felting are very simple – there are no rules! Once armed with the basic techniques there are no right and wrongs, it’s all about you and hours of boundless creativity with a barbed needle, wool and a base on which to work.
Helping others discover this for them selves is why teaching needle felting has become the most joyous job I could imagine!
The people attracted to my workshops generally seem to be bursting with enthusiasm to express them selves creatively, just like I was for so many years – but lack the confidence to really believe they can do it. By the time they leave they are usually exhausted, but raring to carry on, excited about the limitless possibilities of their new craft!