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about

LAMM HANDMADE

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Hi, I'm Misha! I'm the designer/owner/maker of this little operation. I'm based in Ferndale, Michigan, just north of Detroit.

what lamm handmade's about

I strive to make unique and special items, befitting of the lovely little people they're for, and the magical spaces they occupy. Everything is handmade by me, here in my home studio. As every piece is made to order just for you, they can be tweaked to fit your vision. Please don't be shy, I'd love to discuss your ideas!

Here at Lamm Handmade, I seek to keep things as simple as possible: Simple materials (as locally-sourced as possible), recyclable packaging, and, just as the name implies: everything made by hand.

the backstory

The moment I came across "needle felting" I instantly knew I'd love it. (More on the specifics of that technique below!). That same day I went to the craft store and bought my supplies and got to work. With wool (and patience!), I made a lamb. And thus Lamm (German for lamb) was born.

Knowing what kind of products to make was also a no-brainer-- I've always fancied myself to be "A Creative"...but despite my best efforts at making more refined art, my heart is in making cute things.

So here we are. And here you are...and I'm glad about that.

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plant-based dyeing
Through this Lamm Handmade journey, I've become an avid plant-based dyer. I love the surprises that come with dyeing from food scraps (like avocados) and foraged local plant matter (like black walnuts). Not all the wool I use is hand-dyed by me, but it does make for extra one-of-a-kind-ness when I do!

...So suffice it to say, the "handmade" in Lamm Handmade is no joke! :)
for the curious: my techniques

needle-felting
The creatures and other soft woolly elements that you see across my work are made by a technique called "needle felting". What that entails is essentially poking loose wool with special "notched" needles that grab the fibers and cause them to mat up and take shape. So you can think of it like sculpting, but instead of clay, it's compressing wool fibers.
misc/woodworking
The other components I frequently use (pompoms and tassels, to name two) are also handmade right here. While I don't turn wood to make beads personally, I do often have to create beads from non-bead wooden shapes & things by drilling holes in foraged acorn caps, wooden eggs, etc.