Monday, June 22, 2009

Valeries Gallery

Valerie's Gallery features handmade felted wool vessels and handknit accessories. This shop carries handbags, wallets, bowls, vases, and more. Valerie is from Boonville, NY - A small town with population around 2,100. This town has 2 traffic lights and a lovely 'old time' feel. Valerie also has a wonderful BLOG. I would love to watch Valerie make her felted products. Still don't quite understand how it all works. Aren't these slippers just the cutest you've every seen?

#1. How did you decide on your shop name?
I don't have a knack for naming things and initially I was toying with the idea of Kessler's Kozy Knitting Kottage, but my sister suggested Valerie's Gallery and it was a hit. I am very glad I went with her idea! And even though we live on opposite ends of the US, I will sometimes send her a picture of one of my pieces and ask her for suggestions for names. She always comes through for me and we have fun throwing ideas back and forth.

#2. When did you start crafting?
I learned to knit and crochet as a child from my Mom and then during my 30's I was quilting up a storm. I love everything made with yarns and fabrics. It wasn't until one of my daughters went to college and joined a fiber arts club that I was exposed to felting. She showed me the principles of felting and I applied what I knew about knitting and crochet and it has been a happy marriage since then! I try to mix classic with hip, representing both my mother and daughter.

#3. Are there other crafts you would like to try?
One day, when I have some extra time, I really want to try weaving. My sister-in-law recently sent me her lap-loom with the instructions and I can't wait to give it a try. I've also tried basketmaking but mine come out a bit wobbly, so I'll leave that to the professionals!

#4. What or who inspires you?
I feel most inspired by nature. I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful area in Central NY State that provides a beautiful visual mix of wonderful colors. I like to believe that my work reflects that beauty by combining colors, shapes and texture.

#5. Do you have a day job?
I just celebrated my 20th anniversary working for MetLife. My current position is that of Vendor Management Consultant. It is interesting work and I have had a rewarding career there. But when business is over at the end of the day, I love coming home to put my creative side of me to work!

#6. What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?
I really enjoyed making this White Lily bowl as I am playing with making my vessles more dementional. I like to experiement and try new techniques and I really like the way this one turned out. I already have ideas swirling around in my head for more, and I can't wait to give them a try.


  1. Such sweet bunnies! Loved the interview!


  2. Aw you're right, those bunny slippers ARE adorable! I would like to know more about the felting process too.

  3. I love her store and her name!
    Great interview, I enjoyed the late morning read :)

  4. Great interview and those bunnies are so cute. Makes me wish I had kids or at least young nieces. The bangles are so cool and I really love those felted bowls...shoot I just love her shop period.

  5. One more vote for the bunnies as absolutely adorable!

  6. what a great artist, those bunnies had me squeaking with delight :)

  7. I agree with everyone, the bunnies are adorable. Felting is very cool and such a skill! Great shop.

  8. Thanks so much for the terrific feature! I would love to have you visit and I can give you a demonstration. Just stop on in~
    Thanks again, Val

  9. Love the bunny slippers and the 'blueberry' bowl. I have an item of hers in my favorites - the items are adorable and so different.

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  11. awesome interview ! i just love the bunny slippers :D

  12. I'm so jealous! Needle felting just seems to be beyond me.

  13. Her stuff is too cute!!
    Love the bunny slippers :D


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