Linda May Studio

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  • About This Artist

    I make exuberant jewelry in felt and silver. It's for women who want a big look, a lot of necklace. It's jewelry with attitude, they say. "If you can't see it across the room, why bother," they tell me. I love working with felt. You can feel the color. My Philadelphia studio clatters with trays of bright beads and bins of warm felt. With needle and thread, I meticulously hand stitch each tiny glass bead to the felt. I make the big silver chain by hand.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Felt, glass beads and silver. With needle and thread, I meticulously hand stitch each tiny glass bead to the felt, and applique the felt stripes. I make the big silver chain by hand.

    A: Felt is just so luscious. You want to touch it. It really holds color; you can feel the color. And when you sew little glass beads to the big felt rounds, you get the pleasure of hard and soft, big and small, pattern on pattern. There's a lot of pleasure in making the jewelry and in wearing it.

    A: I used the space and solitude of the pandemic to develop six new lines of jewelry, including corrugated felt earrings, and two versions of a felt-stripe necklace with hand-appliqued and hand-beaded stripes. Stripes are fun!



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