Teresa Searle demonstrates her unique method of combining felted knitting with applique and embroidery to produce a wide range of richly coloured accessories for children and adults. Projects include hats, mittens, slippers and scarves for adults and children, as well as jewellery such as brooches, hair clips and corsages. Felted knitting also presents opportunities for recycling that favourite sweater that has shrunk in the wash.
Felted knitting can be made by placing pure wool knitting in a long wash in the washing machine. This produces a shrunk fabric with the feel and look of felt, but the flexibility of knit. It can be cut without fear of fraying, making it ideal for applique and embroidery projects.
Teresa Searle studied textiles at college, where she developed a passion for combining colour and texture in her work. Her inspiration comes from many sources, including gardens and travel. She exhibits her work widely in Europe and North America, and lives and works in Bristol.