Rose Hatcher - Dorset Felt Maker

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My mother taught me to knit before I started school and in my very first piece (a scarf for my teddy bear) I showed a remarkable aptitude for several quite advanced techniques (for a four year old!) – increasing, decreasing, slip stitches, random lace…. This was the start of a lifelong love of all things woolly. I soon learned even more knitting skills and even how to control them! In my twenties I learnt the rudiments of spinning and weaving. Time passes. Fleece gets spun, jumpers get knitted , scarves get woven, needlepoint and cross stitch get cross and pointed, more jumpers get knitted. (Tumbleweed moment) And then….. I found felt!!

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About my work

Employing only wet felting techniques, I create pictures, vases, coats, cards, jewellery and much more.
Using predominantly merino wool for its softness and excellent felting properties, I then add silk fibre and handspun silk and woollen yarns to add texture and depth to the surface of my designs – only then can I begin the wet part of the process. The pieces are worked flat to preserve the pattern and felted entirely by hand.
There is no stitching and no needle felting involved in the structure of my pieces, although occasionally I may use embroidery stitches to decorate the finished article.
Pictures and wall-hangings can be framed in deep box frames or simply mounted on plywood, each method giving surprisingly different results.  My subject matter ranges from detailed landscapes through flower meadows to colourful chickens and fish.
Felt Vases all have glass liners, making them not just decorative, but useful too.
Felt bowls and vessels are brightly coloured, with contrasting inners.  Use them for keys, pens, sweeties or just enjoy them empty.
The jewellery range combines almost weightless chunky felt balls with buttons, pebbles and semi-precious stone beads to create big, bold, colourful necklaces, brooches andearrings.
I  love working to commission – it so often allows me to visit places or research subjects that are new to me; to use colourways that may not be my first choice; to find new ways of working – not to mention meeting lovely people.    I always come away from a successful commission feeling enriched by the experience and buzzing with ideas for new work.
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Contact Me

To contact me please use details below:

Telephone: 07900 580716


Rose can be found most days at the Workhouse Chapel, please ring in advance.

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