Mariella Felts

South Plainfield, New Jersey
United States

Hi there! I'm Mariella! Thank you for visiting my shop! I create beautiful custom needle felted portraits of pets and other subjects that are near and dear to me! Anyone can own a painting of their pet, but not everyone has a realistic wool felted "painting"! I use a barbed needle as a brush and wool as my paint!

Needle felting is a very meditative art form. Using a barbed needle, small amounts of different color wool are poked into a background material. I use either linen or wool felt sheets. Layer upon layer colors are added to give depth and texture. Most of my work is pet portraits. I use a photo (pet owner’s choice) to create a wool rendition of their beloved pet.

I started needle felting in 2018 when I learned about the art form. My first attempt was to make a family of owl figures. I then graduated to bunnies and sheep. After about two years, I found the 2D technique of “painting” with wool and I haven’t looked back. 

It really is very heartwarming to hear the reactions of the recipients of my portraits. A good amount of my portraits are memorial based and those are the most heartfelt!

I also “paint” other subjects such as birds and seasonal items which are ready to purchase pieces. Visit my shop often to see new additions!

I hope you enjoy looking at my work and I look forward to working with you to make a truly unique and special portrait of your pet! Let me portray your beloved pet using the unique art of needle felting!

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I just purchased my 5th felted pet portrait from Mariella Felts. One was in memory of my dog Moose, and the rest have been gifts to friends and family. I can not tell you how much joy these portraits bring to every person blessed to have one. Mariella's ability to capture every nuance of each pet in such incredible detail is astounding. I HIGHLY recommend making the investment to capture your pet with this unique craft. I love it so much!! I know I will continue to purchase from Mariella and share her tremendous gift.
If you love your pets, Mariella Felts is a must!!! She is so talented and amazing at capturing every detail! I have wanted to purchase a piece for a while and am so excited to finally have my own felt portrait of my two little ladies, Meadow and Willow. Mariella was so responsive and accommodating from beginning to end. She was able to fit both cats in one work of art and had many choices for linen colors. I truly love how my custom order came out and I highly recommend her work!
Thank you so much Mariella Felts for the amazing portrait of Archie! When we ordered this custom portrait, we never expected the wonderful experience that came with it. Mariella kept us informed and updated throughout the entire process. The portrait was also completed in a speedy time frame, considering the intricate work done. This portrait captured the exact expression and personality of Archie and will be displayed to be admired in our home. Thank you!
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