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About Emma Jackson - Silversoles

Emma creates hand felted textiles for interiors and to wear with surfaces that invite physical interaction with the materials and challenge the perception of felt. Taking an experimental approach to the ancient craft of felt making, Emma explores material combinations and processes, to celebrate tactility.  Driven by a desire to create texture and engage the senses, her work reflects an interest in haptic perception - our instinct to touch and the importance of this sense to our human experience. Using environmentally friendly, high quality natural materials, Emma individually designs and hand crafts each piece of felt from wool, silk and wood sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers and farms. She makes to order, creating limited edition collections and welcomes commissions. With a background in arts and education, she combines teaching textiles and feltmaking with running her design label, Silversoles. Emma has been working with felt since 1997 and recently graduated with Distinction from Birmingham City Universities’ MA in Textiles & Surface Design. She is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and a regional coordinator for the West Midlands region.  

Further Info

Specialised in
  • Wet Feltmaking
  • Nuno
  • Devore
  • 3d Felt
  • Shibori felting techniques
  • Makes lampshades, table lamps, cushions, scarves and fashion accessories.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing


129 Hazelhurst Road, Kings Heath
B14 6AG

Pebble Lampshade

Three dimensional pebble shaped textures originally inspired by Cornish cobble stone beaches. These lampshades are made by hand tying and manipulating felted wool to create a raised pebble textured surface. The Pebble lampshade offers contrasting visual effects created by the soft sculptural surface, looking beautiful both when unlit and illuminated.

This lampshade is handmade using the traditional practice of wet felting, combined with the ancient art of Shibori. The wool fibres are first manipulated by hand tying up to 300+ pebble forms into the pre-felted wool and then worked by hand using a green olive oil soap solution. This involves applying soapy water and a lot of elbow grease to massage, rub and roll the work to form permanent pebble shapes and bond the wool fibres together! Whilst this shade is made using merino wool, I also make it in a variety of British sheep breed wools.