Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Graceful Needle Felted Giraffe

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.”

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“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/

Felting Birds Workshop with Jennifer Field

Felting Birds Workshop with Jennifer Field at Living Felt  http://feltingsupplies.livingfelt.com

We had so much fun in our 2 day felting workshop with Jennifer Field of Maine! We learned great tips and techniques that involved wet felting and needle felting. Jennifer brought wonderful copper feet and hand blown glass eyes that she made herself, and everyone left with a truly fabulous creation! The class was hosted at Living Felt in Austin, TX… and it was wonderful to meet everyone! Guests came from California, Ohio, Oklahoma and various parts of Texas. it was a great weekend…enjoy the pics, and if you get a chance to take this class with Jennifer…take it :)!

 

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Felting bird workshop with Jennifer Field at Living Felt http://feltingsupplies.livingfelt.com

Needle Felted Dog – A Sweet Pet Portrait

Needle Felted Dog Dachschund by Kate Lindenmuth Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog
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:

https://www.facebook.com/wwfuzzy

 

Lively Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott-Osinga Featured on the Living Felt Blog

Lively Needle Felted Road Runner

Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott Osinga and Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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!

Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott Osinga and Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

See more great needle felted animals by Michelle:
ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlainsSongStudio

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/PlainsSongStudio

Needle Felted Whales by Sue Stasiowski Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felted Whale & Calf – Stunning Felted Sea Life

Needle Felted Whale and Calf by Sue Stasiowski Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog
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.”

Needle Felted Puffin by Sue Stasiowski Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.”
Needle Felted Dolphin by Sue Stasiowski Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog
 Also by Sue, and featured previously on our blog was a graceful  needle felted dolphin and this incredible blue heron.

Needle Felted Heron by Sue Stasiowski Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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

Needle felted whale by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog

Needle Felted Marine Life ~ Needle Felting Realism

Needle felted octopus by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog

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.”

Needle felted octopus by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog

We really appreciate the photos showing the scale of the felted animals, they are impressively large for needle felted art!

Needle felted whale by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog
Needle felted whale by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog

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.

Needle felted walrus by Joshua Gardner Featured on www.livingfelt.blog

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!

Needle felting paintings with Arlette Seib on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felting Pictures of Sheep and Dogs with Arlette Seib

     Needle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Arlette Seib wrote us a few wonderful emails and shared with us her incredible felted paintings of  what she calls
“typical scenes from my daily life with sheep and a few great dogs,   which is where the inspiration for artwork arises for me.”
Her words were thoughtful and comprehensive, so much of this post is in her own words.

ON THE MOVE (pictured above) is a large wall piece measuring about 2 x 3 feet.
“It contains LF [Living Felt] colored wool including fern green, foliage (oranges),
black, and one of your gorgeous blues.

The grey canvas was machine felted locally. The picture was entirely needle felted.
I enjoy using your 38 gauge needles for most of the work and then move to a finer needle as I progress.”

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We appreciated the message from  this snippet of  a larger post on Arlette’s blog:
This afternoon, without knowing what I was planning to do with them,
I pulled out some of my artwork that is not already hanging on the walls.

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I set the pieces out randomly as I pulled them from the art cupboard.  I think there is a common struggle with anyone who works on a pursuit that has no obvious, immediate, tangible outcome to it. The struggle to conquer the thoughts of not ever being enough.

When I saw my artwork laid out, I was reminded of why I stay this course. Why I live on the prairie, far from company, raise sheep, and immerse myself into a life of dogs and draw in my spare time. Sometimes I get lost and I forget all the why’s and the reasons. I look outwardly for the magic bullet; stewing, asking, thinking too hard and not seeing that the magic bullet is right here in the every-day-ness of life.

These are the every day ness of my life out here.

I impressed myself, I felt encouraged to pick up the pencil and keep on keeping on.
I also asked the hard question: where does it go from here? I didn’t find the answer, but that’s okay, sometimes you just have to see where you’ve been or what you’ve done to appreciate where you are going.

Needle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This Trio Of Queens piece measures 12 x 16 and includes LF [Living Felt] foliage, and fern green and brown/black wool.
Some wool from my own flock is also used in this piece. The canvas is repurposed 100% wool material.
The finished piece is wrapped on a hard canvas drawing board for hanging.

Arlette-Seib-onguardpencilNeedle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

I sketch each piece out on paper. Then transfer to canvas using an old school projector.
This is especially useful for creating larger size pieces as I can resize with ease.
On the wool canvas I lightly mark the main lines with a lead or white pencil or sometimes a marker if required.
The transfer is barely visible but I only need to keep proportions and eyes proper. The rest I do as I go. 

Needle felting paintings with Arlette Seib on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle felting a picture – a work in progress. Notice how she builds up the shading
before adding the details.

Felting Wall hangings, Felted Paintings by Arlette Seib and featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

As an artists I’m addicted to detail and as I progress in this fluent fibre art medium I’m learning to let the pieces dictate how much refining I put into them, challenging myself to let go of some detail and let each piece speak. 

I raise sheep and live a remarkably peaceful life on the prairies near Watrous, Saskatchewan. Canada.  

Love your company and how you inspire us. 

Cheers,  Arlette Seib

You can visit Arlette online:

http://www.ranching-with-sheep.com

http://ranching-with-sheep.blogspot.com