I live on the outskirts of London in a lovely place called Ruislip with my husband Ade. Monday to Friday I work in a conservation charity (Bat Conservation Trust) in South London and in my spare time I love to create. As well as needle felting I also love to paint, dance salsa, play drums, discover new places and photograph wildlife and landscapes. Most of all I love spending time with friends and family. I have a busy life but enjoy it to the full as much as possible!
Why ‘Fit to be loved’?
Fit to be loved (or deserving of love) is the meaning of my name; Amanda.
I so love that our names have meanings. As a child I always knew the meaning of my name and at times my parents would remind me of it. Thankfully they chose a really nice one.
However it is only more recently that I have begun to believe in these four little words for real. I haven’t always liked or loved myself but I suppose you could say I am now all grown up or at least trying to grow up although still enjoy being childlike at times. I now have much more confidence in who I am. Through my journey in life I know in my heart that I have been and am loved by my family, my lovely husband, friends and very much so by God.
Anyway this is not to go on about how I (and you too of course) deserve to be loved, but more to introduce myself to you as the creator of ‘Fit to be loved’ and explain where the name of my little business and tutorial blog comes from.
I have experienced lots of joy in making each needle felted piece. My desire is that you will find my creations enjoyable too. My hope is that they are (as the name suggests); ‘fit to be loved’.
How did I discover needle felting?
I have always been creative (mainly drawing animals in my teens) but have rarely had the time to follow my hobbies due to my busy working life as Helpline Manager of the National Bat Helpline in London. But that all changed when I stumbled upon some beautiful needle felted animals whilst surfing the web in June 2013. I thought to myself that I would just love to have a go.
So I watched some tutorials on YouTube to get an idea of what you had to do and invested in needles, wool and foam pad. Once holding that wool I just knew what to do. I made a ball, and then started to sculpt some ears and it became a bunny. I haven’t looked back since! I started felting in the July and quickly set up this blog of tutorials to share what I have discovered with others. I can’t believe I waited til my late thirties to find such an amazing art form.
What do I love most about needle felting?
Needle felting is therapeutic and relaxing, distracting your mind from the busyness of the day!
I can create intricately detailed animals with character just with a needle, some wool and a sprinkling of love. Creating gives me so much satisfaction especially when I add a smile and eyes to each sculpture which brings it to life and adds personality. What a joy our heavenly father must have had to make each one of us!
I have given creations away as presents to loved ones but also sold my one off pieces too at my Etsy shop. Seeing the joy on a person’s face on receiving something I have made is so wonderful. (below is Teresa at the charity shop)
I love nature walks and photography so once I have made an animal I love to take it into a wild setting for a photo-shoot against nature’s backdrop (my local park). People walking their dogs think I am a little crazy but hey it gives me the photos I need to display what I have made.
I also take photos with my phone as I go along and these are what I use for my picture tutorials for you to enjoy.
Why not join me and try needle felting today!! Look through my tutorial page for ideas, tips and tutorials.