Maria’s Wool Forrest project is an outlet for hand needle felted wool toys and a fantastic example of the breadth of makers you’ll see at the Maker Faire. For those not in the know, needle felting is a fibre art craft that uses barbed felting needles to sculpt fibres into new shapes without weaving. As one might expect of an Australian maker, Maria works with 100% sheep’s wool.
Maria’s toys feature natural and traditional themes such as dolls and farm animals. There’s also an otherworldly strand that runs through her work with fairies and gnomes taking up position in forest or vegetable garden settings. In this way Maria revives a long tradition of home made toys.
Come along to the Maker Faire and see some of Maria’s Wool Forrest toys and find out more about how she creates these beautiful hand made all-natural toys. You can also see more of Maria’s work at her Needle Felted Toys blog.