My name is Nicki Parkin-Jones and I am a felt artist as well as a holistic therapist. My felt creations started as a hobby and slowly evolved into soft home furnishings. I love creating large pieces with my largest creation being a kingsize bed throw. I make all of my pieces by hand in Cornwall using different blends of wools, herbs, crystals and plant fibres. I mainly use white cheviot, grey norwegian , Shetland moorit and black welsh wool for the base of my throws and cushions and then add coloured merino wools on the top. Each piece can be tailored to the individual’s taste with leaves, patterns and flowers needle felted on the top of the finished item.
Using a blend of different wools can create a warm, non itchy, very tactile piece of art that has a versatile use. The cushions can be made in various sizes, with or without toggle backing and the same for the throws. I can create beautiful bespoke gifts and home furnishings, all I need is a colour guide, shape and rough size and then the magic of creating it begins!
So far my small company (SheepyChic) has created cushions, wall hangings, throws, fire shawls,scarves, hats, felt pictures, table runners/mats and flower table decorations. I also make meditation mats that are lined with a waterproof material so you can use them indoors or outside and have blended different crystals into the wool blend to help with meditation. The mats can be made to an individual’s taste adding herbs, crystals or animal fibres into the blend.
If you would like to look at sample colours or discuss the making of a bespoke piece then feel free to pop into the Craft Kiln at Charlestown near St Austell. I am usually in the shop on a Thursday but can also be contacted through my website www.crystalcompanions.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org