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Featured Shop: Petit Felts

May 29, 2015

by Jocelyn Gayle Krodman

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! I’m Jocelyn Gayle Krodman, the artist and designer behind Petit Felts. My home and studio are located in an old schoolhouse in Copake, New York – a small town in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley. I make needle-felted animals that can can be used as finger puppets or decorative pieces.

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I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in metals and jewelry in 2005. After spending a few years working in hospitality and making jewelry on the side, I eventually began working as a recruiter for SCAD. I spent my days preaching to kids in art classes that they should pursue creative lives and put themselves on a path to make a living doing what makes them happy. Meanwhile, I had been so caught up with work that I had completely abandoned creating anything! A few years into the job, I realized I needed to take my own advice and make some big changes for myself. In 2011, I took a big risk and quit my job to move up north to a rural town where I could figure some things out. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

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My new surroundings inspired me to start making art again, but it didn’t take long before I realized that working with metal was not close to my heart. Some years prior, I had learned the basics of needle felting from watching a friend at a coffee shop, and this gave me the idea to make some little felted animals to bulk up my jewelry display at a local craft fair. I was completely blown away when those little animals sold out and I started to receive orders for more! Not only was I creating again, but I was creating with a passion that I hadn’t felt in years. Within a few weeks, I started Petit Felts and opened my Etsy shop.

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My pieces are 100% wool, without armatures of any kind. My process begins with hand-dyeing the wool on my stovetop. Once it’s dyed and dried, the needle felting can commence! When I’m beginning work on animals that I’ve not made before, I study pictures to get an understanding of their facial structure and posture. After looking at those initial photos, I prefer to work from my head. This allows each piece to develop a personality of its own. I’ve always been fascinated by how the simplest things – the placement of an eye, for example – can completely change the energy of a piece.

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Etsy has given me the incredible opportunity to sell internationally from the comfort of my own studio. I’m always amazed at the different places my animals end up. I like to travel vicariously through them! As Petit Felts moves forward, my goal is to continue expanding my felted menagerie and to preserve the care and love that I put into each of my pieces as my business grows.

Photos by Andrew Molleur.

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