Thelma Russell

After working with many textile techniques, some years ago Thelma discovered the endlessly fascinating process of felt-making. She is concerned about environmental issues, so using a renewable fibre in a low-tech way appealed to her. 

Her felt-making style has developed in two directions: She was brought up in an area best known for its heavy industry, but what she remembers most about her childhood was picking flowers, looking for birds’ nests, fishing for pond life and paddling in rock pools.  This is reflected in simple felts in colours which suggest landscapes, often with plant images. A later interest in traditional clothing and embellishment inspires brightly coloured felts with lots of stitching and surface texture. Thelma also likes to make beautiful functional objects such as book covers, table mats and vases.

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