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CraftSanity Episode 95: A Conversation With Wool Pets Creator Laurie Sharp


Photos by Kevin Sharp

Laurie Sharp has a gift for turning bits and bobs of wool roving into animated sculptural pieces. From a knitting girl with her sheep to bumble bees and lady bugs and frogs, Laurie can draw people in with the whimsical needle felted sculptures she creates with repeated pokes with a barbed needle.

Just after the holidays I chatted with Laurie about Wool Pets, her needle felting kit business, her book “Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle” and the path that led her to pursue her creative dreams. So settle in with a project and prepare to be inspired by this 39-year-old artist who runs her Wool Pets business with her husband and photographer, Kevin Sharp, from their home in Suquamish, Wash. Kevin does all the great step-by-step photography for Laurie’s kits and also shot all the photos for the book. (What a great team!)

So give the podcast a listen, then check back here later this week for a review of one of Laurie’s kits by my Posted Stitches partner in crime, Bev Laing.

Episode 95 Sponsor: A special thanks to Verena Knitting Magazine for sponsoring the podcast. Find out more about this European knitting magazine that has been circulating in the U.S. since 2008 at www.verenaknitting.com. The spring issue is packed with 50 patterns and available at your local newsstand or you can subscribe online to their digital edition.

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Comment from michele
Time: March 23, 2009, 5:57 am

Her creations are adorable. I’m really glad that you included her as one of your interviews. Listening was very interesting.

Comment from Turtle
Time: March 23, 2009, 9:15 am

in a word….wow!!

Comment from Amy Jane
Time: March 24, 2009, 9:08 am

I’ve been meaning to write you to suggest having Laurie Sharp on the show! I love her work – and I’ve been very pleased with the needle felting supplies and roving I’ve gotten from her.

Keep up the awesome work!!!

Comment from Anne
Time: March 24, 2009, 3:48 pm

Thank you for the great podcast on needle felting! I have been trying to self-teach and have created a purse (need to try to wet felt to firm it up). I would love to try and make animals, hats, and embellishments for the hats too!

Comment from kent E Mullens
Time: March 25, 2009, 2:14 pm

I love needle felting. I taught myself right before christmas this year and made all my family gifts. I love to make jewlery with it and I jave just felted a penguin and mushrooms that I sewed a jump ring on and place them on bracelets for my daughter.

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Time: March 29, 2009, 9:59 pm

I love needle felting on my girls jeans … but the turtle for me and the penguins for my 8 year old and maybe an owl for my 12 year old who loves Harry Potter.

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Time: December 13, 2009, 11:55 pm

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Time: April 22, 2010, 5:44 am

I love her work I love your blog and I’ve been very pleased with the needle felting supplies and roving I’ve gotten from her.

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Time: May 28, 2010, 11:44 am

I love needle felting. Her creations are adorable. Nice work.

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