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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!)
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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