Artist - Tess McGuire
Work Available at Amphora
Growing up in Switzerland, I began knitting around the age of six with the help of my mother, a life-long knitter herself. Under the guidance of a home economics teacher, I learned professional design and finishing techniques. I soon applied these skills to making sweaters, socks, doll clothes, and scarves.
I discovered felting (or fulling, as the technical term for felting a knitted garment is known) when I came across a felted hat in a yarn shop. The process, which involves hot water, soap and friction to turn a loosely knitted fabric into a warm, solid, and virtually waterproof garment, fascinated me. I have been experimenting with different shapes and colors ever since.
After several years of knitting and felting part time, and selling my work through shops and galleries, I took the leap and started doing art and craft festivals fifteen years ago.
I sell my felted hats at art shows all over the United States. They can also be found in museums, shops and galleries. I combine my travels to art festivals with visits to national parks, museums, and yarn and fabric shops. I’m also an avid hiker and birdwatcher. I live and work in Mendocino, California.