Blue Green Neckwarmer
Dark of Night
Sandy Shore
Blue Rose Garden
Alyssa Shoulder Warmer

"Your work is unique, creative, and gorgeous!"  

                            Mary E., Cincinnati, OH

My Story

or, a few pieces of it

One summer evening, a few years ago...


I sat at my kitchen table to make my  first hand felted bowl  from wool.  The soft, natural fibers intrigued me to explore and led me to ask "what if I tried this...or this..."  

Throughout my handmade journey, the "what ifs" continue as I explore nuno felting, dyeing, hand painting, and shibori binding. I experiment using embroidery, beading, and other surface design techniques.


For me, working with fiber is very much about using pieces of this and that to create.   As I work, I watch seemingly disparate parts come together into a unified whole.


It is my hope that my art will  resonate my love of the process  of working with fiber as I follow along the pathways of "what if..." one small piece at a time. 





If you are interested in purchasing

fine art in fiber

please contact me at

"You do absolutely beautiful work.  You are a very talented artist and it is a joy to see (and own!) some of your work."


Sharon W., Louisville, KY

Elegant and distinctive wrap hand felted silk and wool ceramic button Boho Lagenlook


Elegant and distinctive wrap of hand felted silk and wool.  Ceramic button. Sold.

Follow in the direction of your happiness

"Thank you so very much for your beautiful work!  The scarf is made of warmth & kindness that brings me warmth & pure joy to wrap my favorite colors around me.  Many thanks to you & your talent.  It is greatly appreciated!"     Stacy O., Louisville, KY

"My scarf arrived safely, and so securely boxed … I wanted to immediately open it!!  The photo didn't show the beautiful nuances … and the silk is so light and fine. Thank you so much for any trouble to get it to Australia."     Patricia W., Queensland, Australia

"She LOVES the handbag!"     DJ., Pembroke Pines, FL

"Your work is absolutely beautiful!  Just stunning!"    Audrey S., Louisville, KY

"Wow, Sylvia!  Your work is just so exquisite!"     Nancy B., Louisville, KY                                               

"Your exhibit was a very emotional experience for me. Your stories that go with each piece are so thought provoking and exquisite. You have such a beautiful voice!  Keep creating!"    

Jackie G., Louisville, KY                                   

"Thank you Sylvia, I wore your scarf tonight when we went out for dinner. Very nice. Turquoise and orange shade fit me perfect. Luv it!."     M.E.

I am thrilled to share my art with you

with the intention that each piece becomes a

treasure for you to enjoy

and an heirloom to pass down.

Past Shows and Exhibits


St. James Art Fair

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

Louisville Artisans Guild Holiday Showcase

Arts on the Green

Mellwood Spring Art Show

Art on the Parish Green


Jeffersontown Arts Program

Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Art Show

Locust Grove Annual Gardeners' Fair

Norton Commons Art Festival

Art in Speed Park

Louisville Orchestra Art Fair

Kaviar Forge Gallery 

Gallery 104

KGAC and The Living Arts & Science Center

Kore Gallery

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea


I  choose  to  carry  on  the  


the  slow  and  deliberate  

process of   handmade:


Art  by  Hand

Hand felted silk and wool Wolf Wrap soft wool and silk

Wild and Wooly Wolf Wrap

Hand felted silk and

soft merino wool. Sold.

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[ hap-tik]


of or relating to the sense of touch; as in the haptic sensation of holding soft, hand felted wool in your hands or the haptic pleasure of  nuno felt draped elegantly around your body.   

Copyright Notice: All intellectual property, images, photos, art work, music, video, audio, text, and designs  are  herein the exclusive rights of and Copyright © 2020 Sylvia Mancuso Brestel DBA Felted Feather and may not be copied, stored, used, or adapted in any way, by any means mechanical or otherwise without prior written consent from the artist in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) and including all copyright laws and treaties around the world and all intellectual property rights.


Hand painted silk neckpiece. Machine and hand stitched. Lampwork button closure.