Hello, and welcome to our website. I am Gillian Harris - author of "Complete Feltmaking"; "Carnival of Felting"; and new "Felting Fabulous Flowers"; owner of The Fluff-a-torium in Dorking (and Master Fluff-a-tier!) and founder and Creative Director of Gilliangladrag Ltd.
I used to be a very busy graphic designer working in the tv and video industry until I had my second daughter in 1998 and jubilantly announced that "enough was enough". Not long after that, Gilliangladrag was established.
At first, with my family's roots in tailoring and the rag trade, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to pursue my love of textiles - making bags and dying fabrics and working on an industrial sewing machine in our dining room! Shortly afterwards I fell head over heels into feltmaking, - amongst other textile based stuff, which then led to more and more felting shenanigans.
My best selling felting book "Complete Feltmaking" was published in 2006, and has also been translated into German, Spanish and Finnish! It was also published in the USA.
"Carnival of Felting" was published in April 2012, has been translated into Swedish and Estonian, and is also published in the USA.
My new book "Felting Fabulous Flowers" will be published here in the UK July 2014.
I live in Capel Surrey UK, with my very understanding unfelted husband, gorgeous daughters, and Betty Bou the mad fluffy Cavapoo who often features in my Instagram pictures and sometimes guards the kitchen at The Fluff-a-torium so you may meet her on a course or workshop!
In 2010 I moved our flourishing felting business to it's new headquarters at "The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium" in Dorking. (Which quite frankly has been fantastic, and the family are now finding a lot less fluff in their dinner!)
Having persuaded the likes of John Lewis, Liberty, Hobbycraft and lots of other independent retailers to sell our fantastic feltmaking kits, myself and some other very important Fluff-a-tiers are now happily operating our felting kingdom from Dorking and selling all manner of wondrous fluffy things such as merino wool tops for felting and Gilliangladrag kits, unusual handspun kntting yarns, regular knitting yarns; fantastic haberdashery, books; fabrics; our range of Gilliangladrag knitting needles and crochet hooks, fabulous trimmings and goodies, - and so on - in between teaching courses and workshops, and doing our very best to be inspirational and happy!
We look forward to your visit at our shop, but if you live too far away, then your virtual visit to this website is incredibly valued, and we look forward to shipping our fluffy wares direct to your front door, wherever you live in the world.
By Gillian Harris x