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Caroline Riley began designing and making her needle felted critters three years ago. Since then her business, WhataJoyCrafts has continued to grow and demand for her woolly creations knows no bounds.

 She hand crafts  everything from mice to moles and bees to bears. She also makes the wooden stands and boxes herself.

 If you'd like to commission a piece please get in touch with Caroline via email.

Caroline is self taught and says much of her learning has been through lots of trials and errors. Today she runs her business from her home at Weardale in County Durham.

Her life-like needle felt sculptures, sell at a number of local shops and galleries and she is a member of craft collective Jaspah Crewe at Blanchland in Northumberland, where you can see and buy her work. 

For more information or to make a purchase please contact Caroline


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Please see a selection of her work below.

BOOK CASE MOUSE Needle felted mouse and apple made with Corriedale and Merino wools. Approx 4"

GERTIE GIRAFFE Needle-felted with Corriedale and Merino wools 1ft square

TEXEL TUPP Needle felted with Corriedale wools 4"

MOUSE (8cm) blended Corriedale & merino wool with a handmade pet box & cheese

SLOW LORIS Needle felted with Corriedale wools with a piece of North East driftwood Approx 4.5"

HAMISH COO (8cm) blended Corriedale & Merino wool

MONARCH BUTTERFLY Needle felted with Merino wool on blue tweed background approx 4"

BUSY BEE 7cms (small) blended corriedale & merino wool with seed beaded flower on a hand-made wooden

WINDFALL (4cm) blended Corriedale & merino wool apple with a handmade box

WOODLAND TOMTE (20cm) blended Corriedale & merino wool, with Teesdale locks. Adorned with beaded blackberry & felted fungi