Nathalie Sjögren, needle felting artist, crochet designer and writer.
This talented artist from the west coast of Sweden makes wool dolls of characters from fictional TV-series such as Doctor Who and Outlanders, from rock bands like Kiss, The Beatles and Twister sisters, which she calls Rock ‘n’ Wool (love it!!!), and if you would like to have your own personalized doll, she can make it for you, how amazing is that?
Needle felting technique dates back over thousands years ago, but hand needle felting, dates back only to 1980s, when artists David and Eleanor Stanwood started creating needle felted objects using the dry technique, where you use barbed needles instead of water and soap.
Nathalie also offer workshops where you can learn the art of needle felting, the basics, the materials and the special techniques to make unique creations. Learn more about Nathalie Sjögren below.
a little about yourself
Where are you from, where did you grow up, where do you live?
Hi, my name is Nathalie and I’m the needle felting author of horror who also likes to crochet. I grew up on the west coast of Sweden, north of Gothenburg on an island called Tjörn. Now I live south of Gothenburg in a small place called Frillesås, still on the west coast. Here I live with my family on a sheep farm. That’s how my passion for wool started. Crochet was my first passion and the craft I always return to for relaxation and fun. I love crafting with my hands.
What are you known for?
My life like portraits of famous people. I make 3d dolls out of wool. I’ve created Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Elvis Prestley, Dee Snyder (from Twisted Sisters), Albert Einstein, the 10th doctor from Doctor Who, Kiss, Paul Young (from AC/DC) and more.
What is your most important artist tool?
My hands. If the don’t work, if I have an ache, then I can’t hold the crochet or felting needle (or the pen) properly.
Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Music or a TV. When I crochet or needle felt, I always enjoy a good TV-series. When I write, music is the one thing that sets me in the right mood.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of and why?
I would say my portrait of Paul McCartney, partly because I like his music a lot. When it comes to crochet I’m very pleased with a shawl inspired from the TV-series Outlander.
Where do you find inspiration? What inspires you?
Online. Most of the needle felting artists are in USA and UK, so I find inspiration on Pinterest and on YouTube. On google is where I find most of the crochet inspirations and how-to instructions. And just watching shows, such as Outlander, gets my love for crochet going.
What color would you be and why?
Purple. It soothes me and I’m always drawn to it. If possible, I always try to wear purple everyday, if only in my hair ribbon.
Anything else you’d like to mention?
I mostly crochet shawls and pillows.