Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bears and Animals made from Thread and Fibers

Every Month or so we feature a different artist.For Febuary we chose Patricia Knight of whose bear Sasha (below left) won threadanimal of the year for 2007.
Brenna holding a little bunny Bianca (above) is a needle felted creation by Patricia.

What follows is her interview with threadanimals.

* How did you get started making thread animals?

I have always been one of those people who have a need to create. And I am always happiest when my hands are busy. I stumbled across some articles on needle felting while surfing the internet one day and was intrigued. I ordered some supplies and have been enjoying needle felting ever since. (Patricia is pictured here with her grandma)

* What is your favorite medium? Knitting, crocheting, or felting?
My favorite medium is needle felting. I enjoy this medium because of its versatility and endless possibilities. You can take a bag of wool and turn it into virtually any shape you want!

* What are your favorite colors to work with?
Hhhmmmm, I think my favorite colors to work with change with what mood I in…. Overall I like to work with light, soft, warm colors.

* Out of all the thread animals you have made, what is your favorite?
It seems my favorite is almost always the one I’m currently working on or have just finished. I think I can become so involved in what I’m making at the moment that I become really close to it. After the little face emerges and those big eyes look up at me…. I think…. Oh this is my favorite. And then it happens again with the next creation….

* Which Thread Artists do you admire most?

This is a tough one as there are so many talented Thread Artists. I would have to say Chantal Giroux as she creates such adorably expressive crotchet bears. Bobbie Ripperger for her realistic perfection. Berta Hesen-Minten for her endless creativity.

(Sasha, Patricias award winning bear)

* Do you sell thread animals? Where can people purchase your threadanimals if you do?
I sell my creations on ebay under the user ID zadacreations. I am currently working on updating my website to sell directly on

Ginger by Patricia

* What are your other hobbies and interests?

I have always loved to draw and paint. I’m learning doll sculpting from my Grandma and really enjoying it. (My Grandma has been a Doll Artist for as long as I can remember. She is my biggest inspiration both artistically and personally!)

* Any advice you would like to share for beginner artists?
Don’t give up, you learn a little something from each creation you make, sometimes what to do and sometimes what not to do. ;o

(At right is a needle felted fawn..Zadara...)

THANKS PATRICA! Everyone please go check out her website and also her photo album in the group at


January saw several of our members being nominated for a TOBY award.

Below are Princess Cali by Margaret Weiss and North meets South by Bobbie R.

The ballots will be available in the march/april issue of Teddy Bear and Friends. If you don't have a subscription you might consider getting one, threadanimals are often featured.

We have seen some other beautiful bears and unusual creatures in is just a sampling. If you would like to see more, please check the Jan 08 photo album in our group.

PB by Marjorie and Felicity by Stepfanie

Zoey by Jennifer Price

Angelica by Alison Farrow

The bear below was done by Jessica F. Notice the dragonfly?

The Smiling Amiguri style bear above is byBonBears.

On the right is a piece that combines both crochet and needle felting. His name is Jeff and he was done by Heather Hamilton of hugables

Below are a couple of offerings to get us in the mood for Valentines day...
Kiss is done by thetinytoybox

and our last bear is by Becky

It is hard to choose from all the bears in the album when putting together my blog. They are all fantastic. I just try to put together a sampling of what has been done. If I got something wrong, please let me know.


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love, deBBie