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My Felt Alive Story

 

My name is Kay Petal and I Felt Alive.  I'm a lifelong Alaskan but most recently I can be found in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the little town of Cave Junction, Oregon just a few minutes north of the California border.  Here I teach workshops and sell all of the needle felting supplies I offer in my online shop

I grew up in a small Alaskan town in a large, artistic family.  I was the crafty sister with stacks of craft magazines in my room at a young age.  My husband, Ethan, and I have been married since 1985; our kids have always been the furry, tail-wagging variety.  I've survived rare cancer and I can say with all certainty that creating zany needle felted characters is my passion and I am happy to say I Felt Alive!!

I've been needle felting since 2007.  I discovered it by chance on the internet while searching for crafty things to do with old wool sweaters.  After my great discovery, I never really got back to my sweaters - needle felting sort of took over my life.

Some of my earliest needle felted dolls were recognized with honors in the Alaska State Fair with my rendition of Albert Einstein winning Best in Show in the Fleece and Fiber Dept.  That was unbelievable since I had only started felting earlier that year.  You see, I never knew I was artistic until I discovered needle felting. 

Just after my dolls' big debut at the Alaska State Fair, I discovered my needle felting idol, Birgitte Krag Hansen, was traveling from Denmark to Alaska to teach!  I found out only a couple of weeks before her arrival and was relieved to find a workshop with an opening.  I soon found myself deeply immersed in the most amazing weekend of needle felting I could have imagined.  I learned so many of the techniques I use today but most of all I learned how to keep the wool alive.  I always say that Birgitte must have touched me with a magic wand that weekend because my needle felting rather took on a life of it's own since them.

At the end of the workshop, Birgitte asked us to make a promise to always do good needle felting and always teach good needle felting.  I think of that often as I explore this craft and share it with the world.  It is important to me that my students grasp the fundamentals of needle felting and discover the magic that I learned that weekend.   Needle Felted wool dolls are the most unusual dolls I have ever seen - I have a lifetime worth of projects in my head.  I truly believe I found my "thing" in needle felting and I've also discovered I have a gift for teaching.  I love teaching others because this is just too cool to keep to myself.     

Needle felting found me at a crucial time in my life.  Just after I turned 40 I lost my Dad to cancer while facing down the beast myself.  I was diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer while my dad was losing his battle with prostate cancer.  It was after Dad died and during my recovery from my VERY successful treatment that I found myself searching for something more to do with my life.  I had no idea I would find it in such a humble thing as making dolls out of wool from sheep. 

During my cancer ordeal I realized how much I rely on my sense of humor and with needle felting I'm finding the same to be true.  My sense of humor drives my creativity and each new piece strangely becomes like family.  I tend to keep most of my work in my own collection and enjoy the creative freedom in that.  I am finding my specialty is in caricature art dolls.  I just can't get enough of bringing a real person to life in wool.  My needle felted celebrities include Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Whoopi Goldberg, Conan O'Brien, Donald Trump, Jay Leno, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Weird Al Yankovich, Ellen DeGeneres, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Mr. T, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Will Ferrell, Elvis Presley... and I have plans for many more!   I enjoy taking my dolls out into the world for photo shoots.  I share my photos and videos online in communities like Flickr and YouTube.   

 

Here is a fun music video of my little Felt Alive world. 

 

Clips of my Videos have even been shown on The Conan O'Brien Show!

Visit my YouTube to see the fun adventures of Li'l Conan and Donald Trump! 


Another gift that needle felting has given me is that I have discovered I have a natural talent for teaching.  I started teaching with an online class I put together and have enjoyed making so many new felting friends with students all over the world.  I have taught needle felting workshops locally, including volunteering my time in local schools.  I very much enjoy watching my students' projects come to life.  My latest burst of ambition brought about my new Needle Felting Workshops on DVD - video is a great way to teach needle felting! 


And as my Felt Alive business has grown, I have found myself with two brand new websites.  So, now, besides here at feltalive.com,  you can find me at  www.needlefeltingsupplies.com , offering the same wool and supplies I use in my dolls along with my DVD workshops and my Felt Alive ORIGINAL Color-Coded Felting Needles. 

 

The Needle Felters Workshops - my new online members-only private workshop site.  


 

It seems the world is intrigued with my needle felted Li'l Celebrities and they are making appearances at websites featuring what's hip and cool in our modern culture.  Geek and Gadget Blog  TrendHunter Magazine!  And on the Mega Crafter site - Craftster!

l-r-  Donald Trump, Marilyn Monroe, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Conan O'Brien, Willie Nelson, Spock, John Travolta, Janice Joplin, Will Ferrell as ELF, Johnny Cash

 


Felt Alive in Print

 

The above article appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Art Doll Quarterly

 

The above article appeared in the Autumn 2009 issue of Art Doll Quarterly

 


Felt Alive on a Music CD!

Needle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

Needle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

 Kathryn Williams and The Pond

Here is a talented and fun group of musicians with their mini Felt Alive dolls.

Check out their new CD HERE

 

Needle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

Introducing The Pond - Simon Edwards, Ginny Clee & Kathryn Williams

(photos courtesy of One Little Indian Records)


 

 

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