First up in our string of sponsors of free goodies is the lovely Alynn from Wooly Topic. One of the best parts of handmade from small or individually run businesses is being able to get a little peek into the person who makes these creations we’ve grown to love. After chatting with Alynn a bit, I’ve learned that she is a very sweet person with a spicy side and a great passion for wool.
Alynn loves wool in a weird way that only another wool lover could appreciate. She’s actually been known to take her wool on vacation with her, like, to the Bahamas. While everyone else is lounging by the pool with a daiquiri in their hands, you’ll likely find Alynn sitting in chair making those stabling noises with her felting needle. Have you ever tried to watch tv or do a quiet activity next to a felter? Well, I have, it’s noisy. Stab, stab, stab, ouch, stab stab. I’m sure her husband was thrilled.
Luckily for him though, she isn’t spending all of their money on shoes and lululemon like other wives, she spends it all on crafting supplies. And even luckier for him (and for us!!!) she decided to open up Wooly Topic in order to finance (at least a portion) of her crafting addiction. I mean, isn’t that why most of us get into the business? So we can make more stuff? It’s a vicious cycle really.
But back to Alynn. When I asked her where she draws her inspiration from, she said mostly animals. She loves their innocence and pure intentioned hearts. She loves to recreate them in her own interpretation, what she feels their soul is, in wool form. You can actually really see this if you look through her Etsy shop or her Facebook page, Alynn creates animals in a way that I have yet to see matched. She’s also inspired by other artists who praise and promote each other, fostering a sense of community in the handmade world.
I asked Alynn what her creative process is like and this is what she said (without me shoving words in her mouth for a change): Often, an idea will brew in my head for a time, and then it becomes so I can’t do anything else until I am able to make it. Sometimes I get ideas from children’s books, and want to create a character that I read about, but make it in my own interpretation. Often my ideas come to me through my kids, my 3 year old will often ask for a certain toy to be made. All my kids have given me ideas of things they wanted to see me do. I find it hard to put into words how ideas come to me, because quite literally, a unique image pops into my thoughts. When I get ideas I jot them down. Of course many customers have asked me to create an item with a vision they had, and using the information they provide, I create it in my own style. My most favorite work environment is at my antique work table, with netflix on, sitting on my yoga ball… peaceful creative bliss.
On a personal note, Alynn has a very busy home life. She has 5 children (yeah, 5…) and 6 furkids (3 cats and 3 dogs). That’s like, 11 kids! She should have her own show. Her husband works very long hours so she has to try and suppress that urge to create until the kids are in bed.
Alynn has these words of advice for aspiring felters: Don’t felt while drunk or on cold medicine. Sounds like valid advice to me, I wish someone had told me that a year ago.
And most importantly, I asked her if she’s a bastard or a saint. Apparently she’s a saint in the kitchen and a bastard in the craft room. Which means that if she invites you over for supper, prepare for some good food and some great laughs.
Alynn has been generous enough to donate this adorable little wool monkey to our fans as a giveaway. We’re going to post him on Wednesday so make sure you pop by our Facebook Page for a chance to win!!!