Welcome to Zazzy Peacock Studios!  

Celebrating Creativity!

I'm Jill Newman, and I create one-of-a-kind hand-felted art jewelry and accessories, as well as sculpture and home decor.  I also love teaching needle felting and mixed media art. 

Live in Studio!

Zazzy Peacock Studios now offers fun art and craft classes and parties for adults, teens and tweens in a cozy, colorful, dress-for-mess space at Artists & Makers 2 in Studio A1, 12280 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, MD! Come join artist and owner Jill Newman to relax and enjoy expressing and celebrating your creativity.  In addition to her specialty in needle felting, Jill is sharing her love of other crafts and mixed media art as well -- including paper mâché, painting, collage, art journaling, scrapbooking, polymer clay, and upcycled sculpture, to name a few.  At Zazzy Peacock Studios, you will find a vast array of art and craft supplies as well as inspiring sample projects and supportive instruction.  Stop by during Open Studio hours to do a free trial project and to check out all exciting options for classes, parties, and my after school program. You can see photos of my latest work on my Facebook page and on Instagram.  Please like my page and follow me to get updates.  You can also join my mailing list below. Thanks for looking!

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Needle Felting Workshops

I will be teaching two classes at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.  Click here to register online.

Needle Felted Owl:  Friday, September 28, 1-4pm

Needle Felted Lamb or Lion: Saturday, September 29, 9am-noon

Make a fun and colorful needle felted owl, sheep or lion entirely out of wool!   No experience necessary. Students will learn the basics of needle felting, including how to form shapes and create a smooth solid felted surface with wool, as well as how to add precise details and textures.  Intermediate students will learn ways to improve their technique.



About the Artist

5 Going on 50, Needle Felted Flip Doll © 2017 Jill NewmanOnce upon a time, I was a lawyer, but I have always pursued artistic endeavors as well.  I officially quit my job to become an artist almost 20 years ago.  In 2011, when I discovered needle-felting, it was love at first poke.  After experimenting with the usual felted flowers and such, I decided to make things that I would actually wear -- modern, funky, colorful jewelry.  Many of my first designs were inspired by peacock feathers, animal prints, and other beautiful patterns and forms in nature.  And so, Zazzy Peacock Studios was born!  Now that I have discovered a love of teaching, Zazzy Peacock Studios has entered a new exciting phase, offering fun classes, parties, and summer camps at my new studio at Artists & Makers in Rockville.  I am having a wonderful time making sample projects and planning classes and parties.  At the same time, I am pushing myself outside my comfort zone to take my felting and art to the next level.  For example, I recently completed my very first doll, which was extra challenging because it was a self-portrait and a flip doll with four different views.  I am honored that my doll, "5 Going on 50" was included in the exhibit, "Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections" at the Parklawn location of Artists & Makers in Rockville, MD. The exhibit featured incredible dolls by the wonderful Erika Cleveland, as well as flip dolls created by local artists and flip dolls made by homeless women  at a series of workshops offered by Erika.  


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