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Oct 2, 2015

by Teresa Perleberg

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Hi! My name is Teresa Perleberg, and I’m the designer and maker behind Bear Creek Design. I live on a farm near Fort Ransom, North Dakota, with my family, and I make needle-felted sculptures and needle-felting DIY kits using wool from our flock of sheep.

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The story of Bear Creek Design starts in 2006, when my daughter asked for a lamb for her eighth birthday. We live on a cattle farm, and I had grown up with sheep on my family’s farm, so this wasn’t such an odd request. My husband and I decided to get her two lambs, and while we were at it, we threw in two for me as well. Soon after, I joined a local spinning guild to learn how to spin our wool into yarn. The wonderful ladies in the guild taught me so much about what can be done with wool — including how to needle felt, which ended up changing my life.

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While participating in local events with the spinning guild, I found that people were interested in purchasing my needle-felted sculptures. So in 2008, I opened my Etsy shop and started selling my sculptures and my hand-spun wool. Around that time, I began teaching classes on needle felting locally, and I heard from my Etsy customers through social media that they wanted to learn from me as well. With this in mind, I wrote instructions on how to needle felt a bear, took pictures of each step, and made the whole thing into a kit — complete with wool from our sheep. Since then, I’ve designed several more kits for beginners, and our flock has grown to 65 well-loved ewes.

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I find daily inspiration in observing the animals on our farm, as well as those in the wild. A trip to the zoo usually inspires a new sculpture, as does browsing through a children’s picture book. I also love taking photographs of animals: I find it very helpful to reference these photos when I’m ready to sit down and felt. Whenever I make a felted sculpture, I pay particular attention to the animal’s expression, as this is what really brings them to life. My pieces are always happy, and even the realistic animals have a slight grin if you look carefully.

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I live in a remote area where the combination of selling art, ranching, and raising a family would be very difficult without Etsy. I treasure the people I have met here — I have some customers who have been collecting my pieces since I first opened my shop, and they’ve become like old friends to me. I like to know that something I’ve made brings a smile to their faces. Over the years, my children have learned so much about starting and operating a small business by observing my experiences. My daughter, Libbie, who is today a very talented knitter, even has plans to open her own Etsy shop this October when she turns 18.

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All photographs by Bear Creek Design.

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Needle Felting Cushion - Needle Felting Pad - Needle felting Mat - felting supplies - needle felting tools - work surface for needle felting
Needle Felting Cushion - Needle Felting Pad - Needle felting Mat - felting supplies - needle felting tools - work surface for needle felting
BearCreekFelting
$21.00 USD
Felt Cow Sculpture - Needle Felted Scottish Highlander - Needle Felted Animal - Soft Sculpture - Felt Animal - Cow Decor - Farmhouse Décor
Felt Cow Sculpture - Needle Felted Scottish Highlander - Needle Felted Animal - Soft Sculpture - Felt Animal - Cow Decor - Farmhouse Décor
BearCreekFelting
$600.00 USD
Snowman DIY Kit - Needle Felting Kit - Snowman Kit - Christmas Kit - Make Your Own - Christmas Decoration - Craft Kit - Christmas Craft
Snowman DIY Kit - Needle Felting Kit - Snowman Kit - Christmas Kit - Make Your Own - Christmas Decoration - Craft Kit - Christmas Craft
BearCreekFelting
$28.00 USD
Black Sheep Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted
Black Sheep Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted
BearCreekFelting
$28.00 USD
Sheep Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Sheep Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$28.00 USD
Snowman Hat and Scarf Knitting Pattern for the Bear Creek Design Snowman Needle Felting Kit
Snowman Hat and Scarf Knitting Pattern for the Bear Creek Design Snowman Needle Felting Kit
BearCreekFelting
$8.00 USD
Dragon Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted –  Beginner
Dragon Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$20.00 USD
Chicken Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Chicken Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$25.00 USD
Chicken Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Chicken Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$25.00 USD
Rabbit Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Rabbit Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$20.00 USD
Bear Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Bear Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$23.00 USD
Wool for Needle Felting | Romney
Wool for Needle Felting | Romney
BearCreekFelting
$3.50 USD
Mouse Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Mouse Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$20.00 USD
Hippo Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Hippo Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$20.00 USD
Felt Sheep Sculpture - Needle Felted Gotland sheep - Needle Felted Animal - Soft Sculpture - Felt Animal - Gotland Wool - sheep Decor - art
Felt Sheep Sculpture - Needle Felted Gotland sheep - Needle Felted Animal - Soft Sculpture - Felt Animal - Gotland Wool - sheep Decor - art
BearCreekFelting
$200.00 USD
Penguin Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
Penguin Felting Kit - Needle Felting Kit - DIY Kit - Craft Kit - Felting Supplies - DIY Craft Kit - Starter Kit - Needle Felted – Beginner
BearCreekFelting
$18.00 USD
Wool for Needle Felting | Gray/Black
Wool for Needle Felting | Gray/Black
BearCreekFelting
$3.50 USD
Turkey Needle Felting Kit - Thanksgiving Kit - Advanced Beginner - DIY Craft Kit - DIY Kit - Starter Kit - Thanksgiving Decor - Felting Wool
Turkey Needle Felting Kit - Thanksgiving Kit - Advanced Beginner - DIY Craft Kit - DIY Kit - Starter Kit - Thanksgiving Decor - Felting Wool
BearCreekFelting
$28.00 USD
Needle Felt Rhino - Needle Felted Rhino - Baby Rhino - Wool Rhino - nursery decor - needle felted animal - baby animals
Needle Felt Rhino - Needle Felted Rhino - Baby Rhino - Wool Rhino - nursery decor - needle felted animal - baby animals
BearCreekFelting
$110.00 USD
Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit - Thanksgiving Kit - Beginner - DIY Craft Kit - DIY Kit - Starter Kit - Thanksgiving Decor - Best Felting Wool
Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit - Thanksgiving Kit - Beginner - DIY Craft Kit - DIY Kit - Starter Kit - Thanksgiving Decor - Best Felting Wool
BearCreekFelting
$17.00 USD
Pumpkin Needle felting kit's extra wool to make 3 more pumpkins
Pumpkin Needle felting kit's extra wool to make 3 more pumpkins
BearCreekFelting
$14.00 USD

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