Hayward, CA, United States
I grew up close to Moscow in a lovely suburban area full of lush gardens and not far away from all kinds of wild nature – rivers, forests, fields – and my early interest in art was fueled by the natural beauty that surrounded me every day. One day, I ended up at a felting master-class. I had no expectations going in, but here I am, 5 years later, unable to tear myself away. These days, I spend all my time creating new garments, going to trade shows and fairs, and even collaborating with local charities to make money – it’s really a dream come true – and now, I want to share my art with everyone on Etsy!
Accessories are my favorite items to make – I love the way they can really pull together a look and I feel like I can be extra creative with form, color, and texture. I approach making my felted garments and jewelry with the spirit of a painter: I channel my emotions into each piece and often I find myself recreating and interpreting the scene that inspired me using textiles and color. Like all artists, I want my works to be enjoyed for many years, so my creative process includes buying the best materials from the best sources; I use all-natural, high-quality materials from reputable vendors, so you can love and wear your garments for decades! Thank you for stopping in, and I hope you find something you love!
Skills and Techniques
Felting - Felting is a process that causes a natural fiber felting yarn, like wool, to fray slightly and fuse to the other fibers around it, creating a more solid appearance. This matting process can be used in a wide variety of craft activities.
Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric; it is used in many types of garments. Knitting may be done by hand or by machine.
Knitting creates stitches: loops of yarn in a row, either flat or in the round (tubular). There are usually many active stitches on the knitting needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of connected loops that intermesh with the next and previous rows. As each row is formed, each newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row and placed on the gaining needle so that the loops from the prior row can be pulled off the other needle without unraveling.
Differences in yarn (varying in fibre type, weight, uniformity and twist), needle size, and stitch type allow for a variety of knitted fabrics with different properties, including color, texture, thickness, heat retention, water resistance, and integrity. A small sample of knitwork is known as a swatch.