Welcome to Sprig Hollow!

Hello! My name is Hannah Gage, and I'm the artist behind Sprig Hollow. Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about me and about my process.

As a mother of two, I am constantly reminded of the importance of imaginative play in our day-to-day routines. Different forms of art can help distract us from the serious and anxiety-fueled social climate in which we find ourselves, and needle-felting has allowed me to bring my imagination to life in the form of these whimsical Sprigs and other pieces. Each character and scene in my fantastical world helps to tell a living story. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out regarding my craft, the store, or just to say hi! You can reach me at [email protected] or check out my Instagram.

My Process

Wool types

I work with a variety of types of wool and fiber to bring my creations to life. I mostly prefer working with roving, batts, and locks from Corriedale, Rambouillet, and Teeswater sheep because of the unique textures they provide. All of the wool that I use is sourced directly from small United States and Canadian farms. I prefer wool that has been dyed with natural ingredients, not only for the authentic, woodsy color but also because of how the dye affects the wool itself. Each Sprig has their own personality. Deciding what characteristic I want to assign to the project beforehand allows me to be selective in what colors and materials I use.

Felting tools

Each Sprig I craft is a labor of love, meticulously sculpted through the technique of needle-felting. This process involves repeatedly poking a barbed needle into wool fibers, tangling and compacting them together to form intricate shapes and textures. This process forces the fiber to intertwine, gradually taking on the desired form and personality of the Sprig I envision. Most of the time I start by sculpting the feet and body, then adding a head and beard, and lastly letting the hat take a more organic shape. This allows the final product to be an actual representation of the way the wool naturally gathers. Sprigs will end up ranging in size, averaging from one inch to five inches tall.

Finished Sprig

Every Sprig embodies a role within their community in the woods of Sprig Hollow. I draw inspiration from the enchanting world of literature, from nature, and from the day-to-day routine of life, imbuing my Sprigs with a touch of magic and whimsy. From their curly beards to their mischievous expressions, every detail is carefully considered to capture their unique character and spirit. Through my work, I aim to evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder, inviting viewers to reconnect with their imagination and embrace the beauty of handmade craftsmanship. Sprigs serve as whimsical companions who can bring joy and enchantment into any space.