The most difficult part of the process for her is finishing parts of the soft sculpture: centering parts of the face and ensuring they're proportional. In animals the ears give her the most trouble to get them in the right position. Some of the people's faces she likes to leave featureless, leaving them to the observer's imagination. She tries to work regularly, as needle felting is her discipline. She works in the morning when she is freshest, and often during the evening too, but never at night, when she is "ready to veg out". She says that being retired gives her "the luxury of daytime needle felting play."
Working at her dining room table, Anne enjoys "background music like Galaxie Nature, or other soft music with animal sounds complementing the usually classical music." And when not creating, she's dreaming up new critters and people. She keeps a note pad handy to jot down ideas and drawings. "I am retired, so I have a lot of time to devote to needle felting, but it's never enough!"
"Last summer I found a pure white dove huddled in my parking lot, injured. I took him in, nursed him back to health, and named him 'Peace'. He is so beautiful, he is my inspiration, and was my first needle felted creature . Even my business card has the image of a dove on it." Anne also derives inspiration from from nature, her mind, and Pinterest. "I mull over these ideas for a while, then may sketch it, then begin."
You can meet Anne and her needle felted friends at 30 Craft Market on June 28 at Silver Bean Café in Millennium Park (King St/Water St).