SUN CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Anna Marie Peterson could be reading, or watching TV, but she'd rather be doing something more artistic.

"I tell everybody that I started when I was 93," said Peterson. "That was a new project, and it's never too late to start."

It's called "needle felting," and the 102-year-old great-great-grandmother from Sun City has gotten pretty good at it.

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She has a number of award-winning creations that catch a lot of people by surprise because you can actually pet the picture.

Nine years ago, Peterson's daughter insisted that the retired church organist find a new hobby.

It was a match made in fabric heaven.

"You need to keep busy with something," said Peterson. "You need to challenge yourself to do something."

Here's how it works.

Peterson will find a photograph of a unique animal, flower or sunset then use patches of wool to recreate the image.

She has a number of award-winning creations that catch a lot of people by surprise because you can actually pet the picture.

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The up and coming artist has already had more than 60 pieces displayed in art galleries around the Valley.

"They look at it thinking it's just another painting until they get up close and see the fuzz, and then I tell them I paint with wool," said Peterson.

The up and coming artist has already had more than 60 pieces displayed in art galleries around the Valley.

She even sold a few, pocketing the cash for potential bingo money.

So how much longer can this needle felter keep creating these inspiring works of art?

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She even sold a few, pocketing the cash for potential bingo money.

Maybe until she's 110 when it's time to take up a new hobby.

"My father lived to be 106," said Peterson. "My mother's sister lived to 103, so I have good genes."

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 


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