Angela Melanson is the artist at Lala & Gleen Productions; we love the whimsy and humor she brings to her felted pictures and other art works. Angela says ” I am lucky to spend my creative life in Nova Scotia, Canada living amongst the Acadian Forest and its’ woodland creatures. It is from this vantage point where I find great inspiration – the native rabbits and birds as well as imagined creatures keep my mind full of ideas with a longing to understand the relationship between humans, animals and the environment.”
Angela is a formally trained textile artist and self-taught painter — her works included felted art, textile art and paintings. “Each piece I create is made with the environment in mind by using recycled materials, locally grown wool, or water based paints & inks. All art created by me is made using healthy art practices.”
Rituals of the Every Day
You can see more from Angela, follow her and even request a commission:
on facebook: www.facebook.com/lalaandgleen
her blog: http://lalaandgleen.blogspot.com
Shelly Schwartz of Michigan has always loved giraffes and has sculpted them many times from clay,
but she only recently discovered needle felting on Etsy and started felting animals just a few months ago.
Shelly shares, “This giraffe is the fifth animal I needle felted, from the supplies I purchased from Living Felt. I would like to make a tiger someday, but the spots on the giraffe took so long to do that it may be a while before I get inspired for another spotted or striped animal.”
The giraffe was sculpted over a wire armature with MC-1 Felting Batts in: Natural Cotton, Winter Grey and Black Onyx. Her spots are NZ Corriedale Toffee and her tail has black Tibetan Lamb’s wool. She is a little over 12 inches tall.
Shelley generously shared some tips on how she used the long fibers of NZ Corriedale to make such tiny spots:
“I pulled off small amounts and rolled them into a ball, tucking in the loose fibers as I rolled them, then tacked them on with either a 38 star [felting] needle and 40 triangle depending on the size of the spots. Then I used the pink pen tool to tighten them down and smooth them better. For the mane, I only cut the fibers after I attached the mane to her neck.”
“I love needle felting and Living Felt has made things so easy to get started and has all of the supplies and colors that I need to bring my critters to life. Thank you for inspiring me every week through your emails.” ~ Shelly
Follow Shelly on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rainabedaina/
This precious needle felted pup comes to us from Katen Lindenmuth …Jessica says, “It is such a joy to make a likeness of someone’s beloved pet, but the most touching part of my work is seeing the expression (and sometimes tears) on the person’s face when they hold the sculpture in their hands for the first time! Woolly Warm Fuzzies & the art of Kate Lindenmuth”
You can see more on her facebook page:
This remarkable needle felted road runner comes to us from Michelle Leibgott-Osinga. He is 3/4 size and completely poseable, making it possible to put him in realistic stances. We are hosting workshop for needle felting a bird this week — and this great needle felted sculpture is a perfect kick-off!
He has a steel wire armature, the legs are wire and wrapped with embroidery floss, and the claws are made from sculpting resin that has been painted. Michelle used four different colors of wool in the feathers to express the iridescence these birds have in their tail feathers.
Michelle is working on needle felting more animals of the southwest … we are looking forward to seeing what she felts up next!
See more great needle felted animals by Michelle:
Sue Stasiowski recently shared some of her brilliant works of art felted with Living Felt wool.
This jaw dropping mother whale and calf are like none we have ever seen. The brilliant use of color and contrast keep the eye moving and truly bring them to life. The whales each have a thin wire armature from the nose to the tail. They are mounted a piece of found driftwood, and the sculpture is 11.5″ high x 25″ long x 18″ deep.
Sue shares that these whales “were great fun to make. The whole piece took about 2 months to finish. The whales were started with core wool and then different colors of the Merino-Cross Batts were layered on top of one another until I achieved the look I wanted.”
Sue uses Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 Felting Batts, New Zealand Corriedale and Merino Top. She writes, “Thank you for all your wonderful wool. It’s a pleasure to work with it.”
Also by Sue, and featured previously on our blog was a graceful needle felted dolphin and this incredible blue heron.
See / PIN more pics …PLUS! learn all the colors she used on the heron: on this post
Sue Stasiowski is a fiber artist who became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. Sue spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio, and also makes time to experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her work is sold at Leslie Curtis Designs in Camden. She lives in Camden, Maine with her husband, dog and cat.
You can see more from Sue on her website: http://stasiowskiart.com
These fabulous needle felted sculptures come to us from Joshua Gardner of Los Angeles, California.
Joshua shares that his works are “inspired by realism in art, and a fascination with wildlife.”
We really appreciate the photos showing the scale of the felted animals, they are impressively large for needle felted art!
Joshua incorporates a variety of fibers into his needle felted sculptures, and completed all of these pieces with a single 36 gauge felting needle … really.
Joshua shared that he “learned a lot about the anatomy of animals while trying to capture them in a realistic sculpture. i love that needle felting is an additive process with endless possibilities.”
He tells us that his next big project is a life-sized lions’s head….and he is using Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts for that. We look forward to seeing it and sharing it with you all!