Sharon Costello started as a fiber artist twenty-five years ago with a small flock of sheep and a love of creative experimentation. She has been a full time, professional feltmaker since 1995. She is well known for her prize winning needle felted art dolls and felted vessels.
Sharon has studied feltmaking in the US, Turkey and Scandinavia and shares her knowledge of the craft teaching workshops through national and international conferences, fiber and doll guilds, art centers and colleges. Sharon has a design degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany. She also sponsors “Felters’ Fling”, a bi-annual conference that brings instructors from around the world to introduce new techniques to American feltmakers. To bring her teching to a wider audience, Sharon has produced two teaching videos; one on her felt doll making techniques and one on featherweight felting methods.
Her work has been featured in several books: 1000 Artisan Textiles (Quarry Books), Uniquely Felt (Storey Publishing), How We Felt, (Interweave Press), 500 Handmade Dolls (Lark Books), Needle Felt (Felt Crafts), Yet More Felt in the Kitchen and Felt Figures Great and Small (Ewa Kuniczak).
She has written articles on feltmaking and been featured in several magazines such as Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot (Handweavers’ Guild of America), Fiber Arts, Spin-off and Felt (Interweave Press), Echoes (International Feltmakers’ Association), North American Felters’ Network, Cloth Doll Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and a wide range of fiber guild and doll makers newsletters in the US and abroad. Her work has been featured in one woman and group shows from New York to California, as well as on the Home and Garden Television Network.
Sharon is a member of The International Feltmakers Association, North American Feltmakers and Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA). Her feltmaking business, Black Sheep Designs, specializes in kits and supplies for needle and wet feltmaking.