Get To Know: Wild Whimsy Woolies

Justine Durrant

Linda creates the cutest little creatures from wool! She doesn't use a pattern and all of her creatures are unique and original, which we really love!

A word from the designer:

My name is Linda and I'm a self-taught maker and needle felter. I love animals and hold degrees in Zoology and Biodiversity & Conservation. After taking the scientific route in my post-secondary studies and working office jobs in the environmental sector, I wanted to find a hobby where I could get back to my creative side and also make heartfelt handmade gifts for friends and my growing number of nieces and nephews. I decided to try needle felting because it used all natural materials and just required wool and some tiny barbed needles. I fell in love with needle felting as soon as I started and decided to launch Wild Whimsy Woolies to share my creations with the rest of the world. Taking inspiration from nature and wildlife, I love to create cute whimsical animals that I hope put a smile on people's faces. 

While I usually have an idea of what I want my needle felted creatures to look like in my head, I also like to let them come to life organically as I'm sculpting with the wool. I rarely work from sketches, and like to see my critters take shape as I go. As there are no patterns in needle felting, every piece I make is one of a kind and each takes on its own unique personality.

A word from the Maker Heart team:

Thank you for sharing your world of woolies with us Linda! You are very talented and we hope to see more from you on Maker Heart in the future.

Show Linda some love:

Categories: Felting
Tags: arts-and-crafts, characters, felting, kids-crafts, needle-work