“It’s all about the eyebrows” is something I’m often heard saying.
When I first start a felt dog I like to really take the time to properly look at what I’m making, so that no tiny little detail is overlooked.
Needle felt is such a simple but interesting medium to create. And despite working with loose and sometimes wiry fibres - the finished detail can be so intricate that the smallest features and the most endearing of looks are captured perfectly.
When you join a workshop I’ll show you all the ways I capture the realness of my felt dogs - so you can do the same.
Here’s a gallery of my work
WHat people have said about my work
"Sophie had shared pictures of my little project throughout for me to proof. But opening the box and seeing the finished result was so much fun – Sophie captured the soul of my little terrier! If you have a favourite pet that you want to immortalise, a felt replica is a delightful, touchable memento. Sophie is so warm and easy to deal with, and her skill with the felt used to produce the replicas is astonishing."
Jacki, British Columbia, Canada
"I just collected Dexter from the post office and rushed home to have a look at him. I actually started crying when I open the package, it's absolutely him. Thank you so much. My husband hasn't seen him yet but I know he'll be delighted and surprised.
We've been through a lot with Dexter the last 18 months and this is just so lovely to see. Thank you so much. You're so talented, I don't know how you do it."
"Robin absolutely loved the felt figures and couldn't get over how well you captured the character and details of them both.. They now have pride of place in our lounge!"
"Thank you for the beautiful felt sculpture of Waggy. It is fantastic and we love it."
"Thank you SO much for the gorgeous model of Alfie! I gave it to my mum and she was beside herself!! Thank you again so much for such a gorgeous little Alfie!"
"Just to let you know the model of Jack is an absolute hit! My partner loves it and the likeness is remarkable. Thank you so much!"
" I cannot recommend Sophie highly enough. I was searching for something really special and unique and was not disappointed. The model of Tilly is perfect in every way, the detailing is breathtaking. The model will be treasured for years to come. Sophie was an absolute joy to deal with. Happy to accept last minute changes and delivered on time, all packaged up securely. If, like me, you have a dog that holds a special place in your heart then I would urge you to get in touch with Sophie and treat yourself or a loved one to a truly exceptional and distinctive gift".
"They've arrived and I can't tell you how happy they make me! You've done an amazing job of capturing not only their likeness but their personalities. Can't believe this is all done by photos and a little information from myself."
"I am so thrilled with my mini Spadge. You have caught his looks and character perfectly. Every part of him and all his complicated markings are exactly right. He really is super and I will treasure him forever. Thank you."
"Sophie has made three felted dog portraits of my terriers and each one has been wonderful and lifelike. Her portraits are an accurate reflection of my pets and I am in the process of arranging for her to make three more sculptures for me. Thank you Sophie you have a rare talent".
"Just wanted to say thank you again. Charlie is absolutely perfect even his white chest patch is perfect I am absolutely gobsmacked, you are so talented. "
"Toto and Dotty arrived today! I thought in the photos they looked brilliant, but having just opened them and the photos really do not do them justice! They are charming and absolutely beautiful, so much nicer than a pet portrait. You are a very talented lady. Thank-you again. They will be cherished."
"Lexi, Pascoe, and Bridie were all absolutely amazing. Not only were their physical attributes so true to life but you captured their spirit and real personality. All three recipients were delighted; Pascoe had my Dad in tears like I knew he would. Thanks once again”
“We love our model of Griff. The whole experience has been very cathartic and it feels like we have a little bit of Griff back in the house.”
“My son absolutely adores the model of Lady Sue. I wanted to thank you as it turned out to be the most perfect Christmas present”
Audrey, Tunbridge Wells