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Ruth Walker, Feltmaker

Colorful, Highly-textured, Hand-felted Accessories of Hand-dyed Wool, Permanently Moth-proofed

In the immortal words of "Singin' in the Rain" screen star, Lina Lamont,

"If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as if our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."



Ruth E. Wiedenhoeft Walker  
Ruth Walker, feltMaker  
573-815-0485  

rwalker@feltmaker. om  




Purpose
I am dedicated to hand-felting colorful, useful wool felt objects, well crafted, delightful and suitable to their purposes.

I want the maximum pleasure out of this activity, so by and large I personally select my fleeces from local and foreign wool breeds to suit the uses to which they are put. Fortunately, my main supplier (Andy McMurry of Genopalette in Franklin, Missouri, source of champion Romney and Merino fleeces) lives but an hour away, and I, perhaps selfishly, want to keep him in business. In addition, the consummate fleeces of the Dows (Black Pines Sheep and Wool, Eaton, Colorado) also make up a goodly part of my felts.

Very soft Merino and other fine breeds are used for the ground felt for the majority of objects (rugs and some burly hats excepted), while the lustrous and extravagantly coiled locks of the Wensleydale and Blue-faced Leicester sheep provide embellishments along with various yarns and open-weave fabrics such as silk and cotton gauze.


For long-term protection all items have been permanently moth-proofed.

The following passage from Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd" might help to illuminate the feeling I have to do the best work I can with the wool I acquire:

"… So the chatter was all on her side. There is a loquacity that tells nothing, which was Bathsheba's; and there is a silence which says much: that was Gabriel's. Full of this dim and temperate bliss he went on to fling the ewe over upon her other side, covering her head with his knee, gradually running the shears line after line round her dewlap, thence about her flank and back, and finishing over the tail.

"'Well done, and done quickly!' said Bathsheba, looking at her watch as the last snip resounded.

"'How long, miss?' said Gabriel, wiping his brow.

"'Three-and-twenty minutes and a half since you took the first lock from its forehead. It is the first time that I have ever seen one done in less than half an hour.'

"The clean, sleek creature arose from its fleece — how perfectly like Aphrodite rising from the foam should have been seen to be realized — looking startled and shy at the loss of its garment, which lay on the floor in one soft cloud, united throughout, the portion visible being the inner surface only, which, never before exposed, was white as snow, and without flaw or blemish of the minutest kind.

... Then up comes Maryann; throws the loose locks into the middle of the fleece, rolls it up, and carries it into the background as three-and-a-half pounds of unadulterated warmth for the winter enjoyment of persons unknown and far away, who will, however, never experience the superlative comfort derivable from the wool as it here exists, new and pure — before the unctuousness of its nature whilst in a living state has dried, stiffened, and been washed out — rendering it just now as superior to anything woollen as cream is superior to milk-and-water."


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Background: A Brief Account

I learned to felt in 1992 from master spinner, knitter and dyer Sammy Eber, as an offshoot of wool spinning and dyeing. I felted and developed some of my techniques in isolation for several years before taking workshops from well-known felting artists such as Beth Beede, Chad Alice Hagan, Istvan Vidak, Meike Laurenson, Mehmet Girgiç, Patricia Spark, Ewa Kuniczak, Polly Stirling, Mai Hvistendahl and Judit Pocs. I have also taught workshops and given lecture/demonstrations in felting and dyeing to both adults and children in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, the eastern seaboard and in the U.K.

I have been selling my hand-felted objects since 1994, and have also won recognition for my work in competitions and exhibitions. A research technician in various biology laboratories for many years, I left life in "the lab" in 1999 to become a full-time studio artist.

My passion is to work with colors and textures, and to have something useful by the end of the day.












Ruth Walker, Feltmaker
Colorful, highly-textured hand-felted wool accessories for head, hands, hearth, and home; permanently mothproofed.

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Schedule: Future, Present & Past  |  Inquire within  |  Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker  |  Establishments of Availability  |  "Brim with a Twist" Examples  |  Purse with Two & One-Half Pockets  |  Ever-Insulating Teapot Domes  |  From the Asteroid Belt: Planet Pincushions  |  Good Golly: Great Balls O' Felt!  |  What to do If: Care Index  |  Workshops & Demonstrations  |  Useful & Possibly Even Educational Links  |  Felting a Life  |  Your Comments, if You're Not Too Shy  |  Contact Information



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