Copyright © Needle Felted Art by Cherie' Davidson. All rights reserved.
Handmade, hand sculpted
Needle Felt collectibles
Handmade - handcrafted - from the heart
I missed the joy of the process most of all.
So, I decided time waits for no man...or woman...and I researched my newest interest, sculptural needle felting. I learned about wool and humanely treated sheep and farms, the special needles and techniques. And I took the plunge and got some wonderful naturally handled wool fiber and felting needles, and I have been smiling every day since! It's been the best decision I've made in many years!
I still write and work online for a living (my day job), but I now run my Etsy shop part-time, and needle felt every evening and weekend possible. Ever since, I wake up looking forward to the next character, the next woolly fluff, the next stab and sculpt, and the next finishing touch. I'm always thinking about what's next and have several items in different stages, so there is always something moving forward. And I can't tell you how much I love having this therapeutic, relaxing, and yes, exciting, outlet!
Being a perfectionist and my harshest critic, when an item is listed on my Etsy shop, it's because it's something I am satisfied with, and even proud to share. I work on the littlest details until they are perfect to me. I am always seeking to put an original twist or touch to anything I create. And I can't just follow someone else's idea or tutorial. Nope, I have to put my own spin on it. That's part of the fun!
As the shop grows, I am more and more excited at the possibilities and creative results... and who knows, with growing support, I may even end up writing on weekends and needle felting for my day job one day soon! That is my dream and passion. In life, like writing, you start at one point, but where it ends is often a discovery all its own! Thank you for being part of my life story!
I grew up sewing, crafting and creating. I learned to sew on an antique Singer treadle machine at a very young age. At 13, I took a mail correspondence dressmaking course and by 14, I was creating and making custom clothing for people, mending and tailoring. At 16, I was making some money and had dreams of sewing for my living and career. All the while, I was trying every art and craft I came across.
I was married at 21 in 1981, and we moved around, ending up in Las Vegas... but I had continued sewing and mending. While in Vegas, I was working at high-end boutiques, and also did sewing and costuming from our various apartments, including making custom dresses (with matching hats) for some fun and flamboyant church ladies. And oh, yes, and making many wedding gowns.
During those later Vegas years, I transitioned into writing. Another early love and dream of mine. And after my divorce, my writing picked up and by the mid 1990s I was supporting myself and making a very modest living at it. The years passed, and more time became swallowed up in writing and website work, and physically creative projects were a part of my past. Or, so it seemed for awhile....
Over the years, life happened. Some good, some tough, but I was content and God always provided what I needed. I enjoyed my online job and writing as the years marched by, as they do. However, one morning, in early 2012, I realized I was spending 11+ hours a day, day after day, at my computer with my gluteus maximus firmly ensconced in my office chair, and I wasn't doing anything creative or artistic anymore...for over 15 years! I deeply missed creating with my hands. I was yearning for creativity, the act of designing and putting together combinations and ideas that only my imagination could conceive. I missed the tactile experience of textiles and tools!