Frequently asked questions
Mia processes core wool herself which she procures from a local organic farm. After skirting the fleece, it goes through a hand-wash process that takes a soak, several rinses, thorough wash without harsh chemicals, and 3-7 days to air dry; and then a hand brush. This is the fleece used for batting/core. Dyed roving is procured from a local fiber shop in Portland, ME, as well as a small fiber company in New Hampshire that works with small pastoral communities and farms around the world. Mia works with over 100 colors of dyed wool -- it would be overwhelming to list all available color options! If you look for a specific color to customize your Fuzzy Lovie, email Mia at email@example.com. Chances are she will have it.
Mindfulness and care for the environment is considered in every step of the Fuzzy Lovies' making, including minimal and safe packaging. Each Fuzzy Lovie is packed in a simple carton box or fabric bag.
Non-stitch Construction Method
Fuzzy Lovies are sculped with various techniques that felt limbs and other various parts securely without a need for stitching or gluing. Felted-in pieces make a finished product essentially indestructible.
Having been felting for over ten years, Mia has developed her own density technique for 3D felted objects, that creates an even and firm texture. The texture is best described to be of a stuffed toy, though the 3D object is solely made of wool fiber. The technique ensures high quality felted items that last for many years.
Needle Felted Process
All of Fuzzy Lovies creations you find in the shop are one-of-a-kind toys, educational materials, holiday ornaments, home decorations, and jewelry -- all handmade by fiber artist Mia -- through a needle-felting process in which loose wool is shaped by stabbing a barbed needle repeatedly until the wool/fleece mattes together into solid felt. Each piece takes anywhere from 15 minutes (for simpler designs) to several hours to make. There is no template, machinery or any other shortcut to the needle-felting process. Each design has a unique detail that in some way inspires Mia or tells a story about her life, a specific memory, or connection.
Consignment / Wholesale
At this time Mia doesn't participate in consignment agreements. If there is interest in wholesale, please refer to the "SHOP" / Wholesale section of the website for further information.
Fuzzy Lovies can be bought directly from the on-line shop on this website or Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/maneechkasfelties). For desired designs not found in the stores, please email your wish list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Custom orders and personalization of existing designs are welcome.
At this time Mia is not accepting requests for pet portraits, though would gladly recommend other local artists with a focus on wool paintings and pet portraits.
A gallery of corporate gifts is available in a drop-down menu under "SHOP". Pricing is determined on a quantity ordered. Please send your inquiry to email@example.com. Requests for customization of current inventory and custom designs are welcome.
What makes Fuzzy Lovies eco-friendly?
Open-ended playthings can be used in a variety of ways depending on the children, the day, their imagination, and desire. Such opjects foster play, creativity, and imagination, as well as encourage children to problem-solve and explore the world around them, thus providing many opportunities for learning.
With an exception of jewelry, Fuzzy Lovies are open-ended items with interchangeable uses: from decorations to playthings; ornaments to educational acitivities. Many of the fuzzies can be used for scensory and imaginary play, counting, shape and color recongition / matching, storytelling, and basic Math activities.
Allergies and Fuzzy Lovies
Some people may develop allergic reaction to wool fibers. If you have had an allergic reaction to wool in the past or suspect you may be sensitive or allergic, Fuzzy Lovies may not be for you.
Care for your Fuzzy Lovies
Spot cleaning with warm soapy water and airdrying is recommended. A fuzzy's original shape can be compromised if immersed into water or put into a dryer.
Many Fuzzy Lovies are created in small quantities, but fuzzies in the Limited Edition section are extra special - because they come in quantity of one. They are artistic pieces and usually take much longer (think hours, days, or weeks) to make. For that reason Limited Edition designs are usually not offered in multiple quantities, though custom orders are always welcome.
Moth and Wool
If there are no concerns of moth in your household, Fuzzy Lovies don't need special care for storage.
Fuzzy Lovies Playthings
The open-ended fuzzy playthings in the Fuzzy Lovies on-line store will be your children's play companions for years. As your children grow, the role of the fuzzies will evolve. A ladybug might become your child's friend, an insect to count, a dollhouse decoration, and later - an ornament. To ensure years of play, the fuzzies are intended to be gently cared for. Care for these playthings is simple: play gently and spotclean with warm soapy water and air dry.
Why Fuzzy Lovies?
- SPECIAL - handcrafted with love in Maine
Custom orders for your own special 3D felted objects or simply different sizes or colors of the items listed in the Fuzzy Lovies on-line shop are welcome. Please email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Production and Shipping Times
Please note that Fuzzy Lovies are a made-to-order studio. Our standard shipping times are 1-3 weeks. Though depending on a size of your order, items might be shipped sooner. If you need priority processing, please inquire by sending details of your order to email@example.com BEFORE placing your order.