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 1983, 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 and made two videos under the name “Anne Einset Vickrey” in addition to developing a line of feltmaking 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 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 designs 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 feltmaking.
In addition, Anne spends her time designing felt fabrics for wearable art. Anne’s award-winning work has been in juried and invitational shows. She has received the “Surface Design Association Award of Excellence,” the “Handweavers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Creativity and Craftsmanship in the Fiber Arts,” and the Juror’s Choice award for “Best Body of Work” at the “Uncommon Threads Art-to-Wear Fashion Show” in Illinois in addition to numerous other awards. A collection of her work was at the Denver Art Museum during and after the “Spun: Adventures in Textiles” exhibit. Anne’s work can be seen at “Artemisia” in Taos, New Mexico, the Taos Wool Festival, and the “Fall Fiber Fiesta” sponsored by Espanola Fiber Arts Center.
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