Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tiny Swinging Felt Animal Jewelry by Motley Mutton

By on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 18 Comments

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.  It's the only word which describes the tiny swinging animals by Nancy Bevins over at the Motley Mutton on Etsy. She has been creating needle felted sculptures for years - see her gallery on her website.

She uses needle felting techniques working with wool from the sheep raised on their small family farm in the hills of West Virginia. The name of the shop derives from the fact that very few of their sheep are purebred. She shears, washes, picks, cards and dyes the wool, mostly on her own.

She explains, " I love making creatures that are lower on the "fan-club totem pole." Things like possums, armadillos, mice, rats...even snails! That is the beauty of felting, if it exists, you can make it."  I don't know about the "lower on the fan-club part" as she makes all her chosen animals pretty darn cute... even the imaginary ones.  She says she always tries to add new animals to her repertoire.

Nancy has a wonderful ability to capture the right proportions and details for her animals. The smiles she sews on sure adds to the cuteness factor. They all appear to be having a fun time swinging from the cord necklaces!

She also offers the felt animals without the necklaces in different postures as some people just want to collect the miniatures.  Her creations are very popular but her time is now limited. She helps care for her grandchildren after her son was tragically killed in an industrial accident.  However, she does update her Etsy status to let her fans know what she is working on and what will be available soon. So if you see something you like, grab it quick because they go fast!

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  1. What a hoot -- love these! My niece would adore these! :)


  2. You're sure right -- ADORABLE! OMG, I want to order all of them. So so cute. Maybe when the grandgirls get a little older... Thanks, again, Pearl.

  3. My gosh, I wanted one of those felties as soon as I saw the mice, but went to her Etsy shop and it's bare. You're right, they sell as fast as she makes them. So I ordered a Steady Stand instead, since I couldn't win one! Thanks, Pearl!

  4. Adorable!

    As a dragon (and cat) lover scrolling down the page, seeing one pic at the time, my mind went something like this: "Mmm, cute. Very cute. Nice work." Liking it and admiring the work, but then I got to the dragon: "OMG! OMG! OMG!" Saying I love it is an understatement.

    Thanks for finding and sharing this!

  5. AMAZING, so sweet they make my teeth hurt!! What a talented "felt sculptor," capturing her creatures in perfect proportion and delightful motion. Thank you SO much for telling us about this wonderful artist!

  6. I love her little animals. She has a little ferret one that I've always wanted. They are so cute.

  7. What talent ... what an artist !

    Each creature is so cute and each has its own personality. I think these are like popcorn, you can't stop with only one. lol

  8. I love the mouse!!
    But they are all cute!


  9. Awwwwww!!!!!

    Those are previous. Just precious.

    I love the mouse and the raccoon. What I'd really love to see, though, is a little bat hanging upside down! I have a soft spot for bats. :)

    Thanks for sharing her work with us, Pearl! What a great distraction for gloomy Midwestern weather.

  10. Oh these are so adorable. I love them. Since I am a pig collector the little pig is my favor. But I love them all they are just sooooo cute.

  11. OMG!!! These are sooooooooooo Cute. Since I am a pig collector, the little adorable pig is my favor. Motley Mutton does fantastic work. These are so adorable and they look so real. I LOVE them all. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Awww so cute! I love tiny felted animals....no idea how to make them, but love looking at those that others have made! Clever way to put them on necklaces, too. Nice find :)

  13. These are fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing them, Pearl!

  14. So cute, I love them. I took a course on 3D needle felting but my animal doesn't look like hers!

  15. Oh my gosh, these are adorable! As a animal lover, I'm giggling with delight!

  16. Those little critters are just the sweetest things! My heart melted when I saw each one of these darling characters. What a perfect gift for a child or an adult!

  17. Those are so adorable ,They are very realistic.