To celebrate the release of Wee Felt Worlds: Sweet Little Scenes to Needle Felt, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the book’s oh-so-creative designers. Today, we’re happy to share an interview with Yin Chan, the mind behind the delicious felted treats in the book’s Sweet Shoppe chapter and the talented artist of Sweet Felts, a blog dedicated to needle felted foods.
How did you get started needle felting?
It was an accident. I saw a needle felt book for miniature animals at my local bookstore. When I was reading it, all I could think of was to make myself some felted donuts. I am always interested in miniature/dollhouse food items. After I learned the basic needle felt technique, I started to make a couple donuts here and some cupcakes there. After my friends saw my sweet felts, they all wanted some of them. Thus, I started to make them and share them with people who love sweets.
What is your dream needle-felting project? Is there something you’ve been thinking about making but haven’t yet?
A Wedding cake bakery. I have been thinking about making some life-size 5- or 6-teired wedding cakes with felt ribbons, butterflies, birds, and roses.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve needle felted?
It would be for my friend’s twin sons’ birthday. My friend, Teresa, wanted to have some unique party favors for her sons’ birthday party, and she decided my needle felted work would be a great fit. Her sons’ party featured mini-cupcakes and a jungle theme, so I made 30+ mini cupcakes with monkeys and bananas as cake toppers (pictured at left).
It was an intensive project–each banana was so tiny! Some of them were even peeled open. They took me many days and nights to finish them. My eyes actually hurt after that. But it was all worth it when my friend told me how much she and her guests loved them.
What’s the smallest thing you’ve needle felted? What’s the largest?
The smallest thing I’ve made were the felted bananas. The largest project would be the life-size cup of latte as a giveaway prize for fans on my blog.
(Pictured at right is Yin’s felted Sushi Deluxe.)
If you could make another scene for Wee Felt Worlds, what would you make?
I like what’s in there. I think that I would stick with the same scene, but with more sweets: birthday cakes, layer cakes, cookies, pies, and more pastries.
What are your other crafty obsessions?
I have been a knitter for years. New trends in knitting inspire my work and help me renew my technique. Beyond knitting, my newer obsession is making scale model buildings.