“Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. Originally trained in fashion design and millinery, Louise has brought many of the skills learnt through years of work as a couture dress maker to the world of character design. As well as original Felt Mistress characters Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute)and Pete Fowler. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally and in 2010 was given her own window on Oxford Street as part of Selfridges’ Christmas display.
She states her main interests as sewing, Japan, buttons, creatures, cake and Mr Edwards. When not sewing she likes to dream she’ll live to see the day when you can download French Fancies “off of the Internet”.
We got the opportunity to meet Felt Mistress and Jonathan in person at Thoughtbubble 2012 and were blown away by the talent and just how lovely these two people are. Seeing these wonderful, intricate creations in full on 3D is just a gobsmacking delight. It was great to talk to Louise and Jonathan and hear how she can’t help but stick a pair of glasses and a smoking pipe on the characters this pair creates.
Generally favouring hand stitching over machining or glueing adds further branches to this ladies tree of awesome.
Now, I don’t like most things that come under the catergory of ‘insect’, but Feltmistress’ beetles blew me away and are perhaps my most favourite of her craftings; I love the colour combinations and the intricate details and am astounded at how visually pleasing these creations are. I also love the fact that they all wear cowboy boots!
If you need an inspiration for crafing with felt then look no further! Her current book entitled ‘Felt Mistress: Creature Couture’ is very much worth spending pennies on. This lady is an uber talent in the world of felting and toymaking. I’ll mop up the drool after finishing this post!