Anne’s first introduction to felt was as a child visiting her grandparents in Norway where nearly everyone had a pair of felt boots. When a Danish friend visited her in 1982 she learned the technique for making felt slippers. From that point on, felt became a focus for her and she eventually wrote five books on the subject, made two videos under the name “Anne Einset Vickrey” in addition to developing a line of felt making craft kits for children and adults. In the fall of 1999 FeltCrafts® Little Felt People Kit received a Parent’s Choice Gold Award. In 1990 Anne had two articles published in Threads Magazine: “Hand Felted Jackets for Kids”, and “Surface Design on Hand Made Felt”. Anne has appeared on “The Carol Duvall Show” (HGTV) and “Home Matters” (Discovery Channel). The FeltCrafts® Kits have also been shown on “Aleene’s Creative Living” on TNN, and on the “Home Show”.
Don is trained as a structural engineer and has also studied felt rug making with well-known felt makers. In 2003, he designed the first FeltCrafts® Rolling Machine – a steady speed machine. After making consistent improvements on the machines over the years, Don converted the rolling machine into an absolute speed control machine which allows the felt artist to vary the speed of the rollers. This is the machine that is currently sold. Don designed the FeltCrafts® Large Needle Felting Machine during 2009 and 2010. In addition, over the years customers have contracted Don to design machines for their specific needs. Don designed and manufactures the Feltcrafts® line of hand-made needle felting tools.
Anne and Don live in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico and manage the FeltCrafts® business that provides felt makers with professional tools and machines for felt making. In addition Anne spends her time teaching felt making techniques and designing felt fabrics for wearable art. Her recent work has been in juried and invitational shows, among them the “Fiber Celebrated” Show in Durango, Colorado; Denver Tactile Arts Center; The Zip 37 Gallery in Denver and The Palmer Lake Art Center.