Meet Emma of Middlemistmakes

 Emma produces exquisite pieces with such  accurate detail in her work which is adored around the world.

Emma produces exquisite pieces with such  accurate detail in her work which is adored around the world.

 
 

 

What’s the story behind your amazing felt creations? How did the journey begin?

I feel like every step I have taken so far in my life, has prompted me to take this path. Ever since I was small, I have been working on some kind of creative project, always busy drawing, sewing, knitting or singing.

I bought my first needle felting kit after my daughter was born in 2014, I needed something to keep me sane through the craziness of those first few months of becoming a mum for the first time. I was hooked straight away. It’s fascinating what you can create only using a felting needle and a handful of wool. My style of felting is greatly influenced by a love for nature and its wildlife.

How do you find it balancing motherhood and working for yourself? What are the challenges and how do you overcome those?

It certainly brings its challenges. I do my best to carefully plan out each day, and make the most of those spare moments while she naps.
Most of my work is done in the evenings, but when I do have to work during the day, I try to make her feel involved. Of course, my two-year-old daughter is much too little to try needle felting, but she’s more than happy to create a playdough sculpture next to me whilst I fulfil an order.

I think it’s also really important to give yourself credit for your achievements, and accept that it may take you a while longer, but even the smallest step is still one step closer than you were before.

Are there any particular pieces that are your favourites?

I love everything in the new Spring Collection, because each piece combines my love for flowers and woodland creatures.

Describe your creative work in four words?

Whimsical, playful, colourful and quirky. 

 
 
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                                                                          Which piece of equipment could you not live without?

                                                                           I would have to say my camera. I easily spend hours arranging colourful photographs

                                                                          of my felted pieces, alongside beautiful flowers.

How did the name “Middlemistmakes” come about as your brand name?

I have a “not so secret” passion for flowers, so when I came across the name of the Middlemist Camelia (one of, if not the rarest flower in the world) for me the name was perfect. It ties together the themes of colour and nature, largely featured in my jewellery, and similarly to the Camelia each piece is unique in its own way.

Your hands and fingers must need some TLC after working hard with the wool & needle.

Do you have a few tips on best beauty buys for busy hands?

I must admit I could be kinder to my hands considering they do most of the work, but when I do remember to show my hands a little TLC I can highly recommend Palmer's, Cocoa Butter Formula, its purse friendly too.
I must admit I could be kinder to my hands considering they do most of the work, but when I do remember to show my hands a little TLC I can highly recommend Palmer's, Cocoa Butter Formula, its purse friendly too.

Where do you see yourself heading with your brand in the next year? What can we expect from you?

One of my favourite things about starting this new venture has been teaching and inspiring others to tap into their own creativity. I am still very much experimenting with designs and exploring my own style, but it would be so wonderful to recreate my jewellery pieces into needle felting kits for beginners.

I hope you have been inspired by Emma's work and creative journey. To find out more about Emma please do

visit her beautiful website and link to her social media pages at http://www.middlemistmakes.co.uk

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