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Gayle Mathues has been needle-felting animals, gnomes, trees and various other items since 2016. She officially began her business, Animal Faire, in2017 and has had her creations at Mistletoe Mart in Westminster, Frederick Fiber Fest and on the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour and at Off-Track Art artists' co-op in Westminster, as well as other venues. The name Animal Faire is taken from a humorous song she learned growing up. "I went to the Animal Faire... the birds and the beasts were there... the big baboon by the light of the moon, was combing his auburn hair...."  Gayle attempts to make her animals realistic with a touch of whimsy. From elephants to hedge hogs to song birds and camels, any animal if fair game when it comes to needle-felting.

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