Nancy Gibbs


My fiber art is grounded in and inspired by a variety of Early American arts: quilting, wool applique, botanical illustrations, and others. I enjoy combining design concepts for a fresh look with a touch of whimsy, but one that continues to mine the richness of our historical heritage. Folk art is the artistic voice of the common people and has been described as “the art of the everyday.”

Needle felting (“wool painting”) is a totally dry process in which loose, dyed wool fibers are repeatedly stabbed by hand into a background fabric using special small barbed needles. The constant movement tangles the fibers firmly into position without glue or stitching. Framed without glass to enhance the texture, it requires no special care — simply an occasional flick of a microfiber duster.

Creating painterly detailed and refined images with only wads of wool and a stabby needle is a challenge I relish. Landscapes, botanicals, and birds are my favorite models. My “studio” is my living room, so there are bags and piles of color everywhere! My sweet cat, Patience, is my quality inspector and supervisor.

I am a Master Artisan of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, former President of the PGC board, a member of the Yellow Breeches and Bucks chapters, and my work is available at the Red Tulip Gallery, 19C W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA 18938.


Medium: Wool
Website: Jericho Mountain Fiber Art

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