Hello! My name is Margret-Ann, and I am a needle felt artist. I was born in Toledo, Ohio where I still reside.
I started needle felting quite by accident several years ago. I have been a quilter for over twenty years and I bought a little needle felting kit at a national quilt convention. I liked the 2D kit and wanted to go further. I tried a 3D needle felted hand at a doll convention in Columbus, Ohio in 2011 and I knew I was finding my artistic passion. Fate played a hand in 2013 when I forget to bring the cord to my sewing machine to a quilting retreat but I did bring a bag of wool roving and some felting needles to experiment with in my spare time. I ended up designing a dragon and working on needle felting one for three days straight. It would be two more years before I got really serious about needle felting. Everything has snowballed since then, however, and I have been on a wonderfully wild ride!
Wool is my clay, and I can sculpt almost anything from it. I use many types of natural fibers in my work, and I hand-dye a lot of these fibers to get just the right color. I hope you enjoy my creations as I have a head full, waiting in line. As my grandmother used to say, “I can see it in my mind’s eye.” I see a lot there, lurking in the shadows, waiting to be born.
Margret-Ann Miller, The Roving Artist
2020 Fiber Art Now Magazine/Fiber Art Now Felts summer issue, needle felted Janis Joplin doll based on her Monterey Pop Festival performance in June of 1967.
2019 International Doll Artists Magazine January volume 5, pumpkin doll challenge, needle felted & wet felted Mrs. P Autumn p. 44
2018 International Doll Artists Magazine October volume 4, needle felted piece and story: I Want to be a Mermaid, cover name & p. 46
2018 Art Doll Quarterly Magazine fall issue volume 16 issue 3, haunted fairytales, needle felted Count VaLaddin p. 99
2018 Art Doll Quarterly Magazine spring issue volume 16 issue 1, needle felted Janis Joplin character doll p. 101
2017 Art Doll Quarterly Magazine spring volume 15 issue 1, feature story; From Sheep to Dragons: The Magic of Needle Felting pp. 42-45
2016 Children’s book Artie the Needle Felting Dragon published by Magcloud, carried by Mazza Museum book store
November 27th, 2016 Toledo Blade Newspaper front page entertainment section; Big ideas: Toledo artist is pushing needle felting to fantastic dimensions by Roberta Gedert
September 21st, 2016 Channel 13 ABC news journalist, editor, commentator for Toledo Blade, Mike Pearson, interviewed by anchor Lee Conklin, ArtPrize8 coverage, Artie the Needle Felting Dragon
September 9th, 2016 Toledo Blade Newspaper: ‘Handwritten Dreams’ marks shift for Toledo artist, written by Roberta Gedert, Toledo Blade, coverage of ArtPrize8
April 12th, 2015 Toledo Blade Newspaper and online photo gallery, The Making of a Dragon: Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon, Artomatic 419! One Lake Erie Center by Amy Voigt
January 12th, 2020-April 19th 2020, The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, Janis Joplin needle felted doll on exhibit for the Fiber Art Now, Felt: Fiber Transformed exhibition. The doll is based on her June of 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.
November 6th-December 9th, 2016 Lea Gallery Findlay, Ohio Gallery opening party November 13th, Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon, Balin the Dwarf King, interactive installation Artie the Needle Felting Dragon, book readings
December 4th, 2016, Mazza Museum Findlay, Ohio Mazza has the world’s largest collection of children’s illustrations, interactive presentation on needle felting
September 21st through October 9th, 2016 ArtPrize8 Grand Rapids, Michigan, city-wide exhibition Artie the Needle Felting Dragon installation based on my children’s book by the same name expressly for this exhibition, received local newspaper and 13 ABC news coverage
September 23rd through October 11th, 2015 ArtPrize7 Grand Rapids, Michigan, city-wide exhibition, Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon received accolades from Ripley’s Believe It or Not representatives, MLive news coverage in Grand Rapids as well as hometown of Toledo, Toledo's Blade newspaper & local news station 13 ABC coverage
June 6th -7th 2015 Fiber577 Perrysburg, Ohio, exhibit, Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon and Balin the Dwarf King
June 5th -7th 2013 Fiber577, juried, Perrysburg, Ohio The Land of Feltdocia, received 2nd place People’s Choice Award
April 11th, 18th, & 25th 2015 Artomatic 419! Toledo, Ohio One Lake Erie Center, temporary exhibit, The Making of a Dragon: Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon
May 4th, 2013 PRIZM Art-a-Fair Toledo, Ohio, juried, Roan Mountain Memories 2D needle felted landscape, received honorable mention
April 13th, 20th, 27th 2013 Artomatic 419! Toledo, Oh temporary exhibit, The Land of Feltdocia
In 2013, The 577 Foundation was introduced to Margret-Ann Miller. She was chosen to display her needle felted fiber artwork at the fiber577 juried art show, held on the beautiful grounds of The 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was awarded second place for the People’s Choice Award. She also volunteered her time at the art show by involving youth and adults in the process of needle felting.
Due to her enamoring personality and her teaching ability of fiber-related arts, Margret-Ann began teaching needle felting classes to the community. Within four years she has taught over 50 classes to adults at The 577 Foundation. Her classes fill up quickly, and her participants are complimentary to her style, positive attitude & love of her art.
Mary L. Mennel
Director, 577 Foundation
The Fiber of Our Being Felting Guild est 2014. Founder and president
Way Library Perrysburg, Ohio 2017-present
Facilitate two programs for library per year
Felted pieces by FOB in main display, changed every two months
Continued outreach programs for non-profits and fiber shows
Donating felting and fiber related books to Wood, Lucas, & Monroe County libraries
Outings to fiber shows, mills, & farms
Facilitating relationship with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for outreach programs and classes introducing visitors to needle felting by felting nature related pieces
American Legion Conn-Weissneberger post 587 Toledo, Ohio 2014-2016
May 13th & 14th, 15th 2017, Facilitated two-day workshop & trunk show with internationally renowned fiber artist, Martina Celerin, combining weaving with felting
March 26th, 2017, facilitated workshop with professional animal needle felter, Megan Nedds, fawn needle felted over armature
May 9, 2015, Poppy Palooza, facilitated art/craft/fiber show, helped Legion auxiliary annual poppy sales, over 50 vendors, over $1,000 for the Sandusky, Ohio Veteran’s Home arts program
Organized programs including area fiber farms, hands-on classes, color specialists, in-depth monthly study of fiber animals
Taught several weekend workshops covering wet felting, eco-printing on silk, wool & cotton
Lead open house weekend luncheons for public, taught hands-on Japanese marbling painting technique on silk scarves & needle felted acorns
Facilitated countless outreach programs for fiber shows, Legion & auxiliary members, non-profit organizations such as Lourdes College arts outreach programs, & girl scouts
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio
Working Lodge, greeting guests, answering questions, introducing guests to the EBird system on lobby computer & phone app & sister app, Merlin, assisting Blue Goose tours, assisting rangers with educational programs, needle felting demos, Facilitating needle felting demos and nature-related felting classes between FOB felting guild and Refuge.
Artist-in-Residence summer of 2019 for the Ottawa National Wildlife RefugeJuly 12th through July 22nd
Other Skills and Information
Proficient in wet felting
Proficient in eco-printing
Skilled in Japanese marbling on silk and paper
Skilled quilter for over 20 years
Member of the Professional Doll Maker's Guild
ADAI service dog training program participant
Pertinent Information 2017 brought on mobility issues and pain that took time to diagnose, explaining the exhibition lapse in this resume. I was unable to stand for even short periods, so I was unable to teach or participate in gallery shows as I could not set up my exhibits. I re-focused my energy to magazine publications, felting guild educational programs, and even more time studying and honing my felting skills. 2019 brought a diagnosis of necrosis of the hips and having them both replaced. I am ready to get back to my life! I am very excited about the Artist-in-Residence program at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in July and hope you will stop in to see me if you are in the area.