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/

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 Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Vail Rossi on ebay

Stunning Needle Felted Unicorn & Foal!

Needle Felted Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Vail Rossi on ebay

FELTED FAIRY FANTASY Week MUST Include a Unicorn…right?! Well we have a BEAUTIFUL Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Colorado!  ~*you might recall we posted her amazing Pegasus just a short while back.

Carol used Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool as the base, NZ Corriedale on Top/for coloring and White Tussah Silk for the mane of the mare, also from LF. Carol used a reverse barbed felting needle to pull the black through to the surface. [and YES! We will have these in stock SUPER SOON ... so watch for them in the newsletter]

Carol Rossi needle felted unicorn foam of VailRossi on ebay

Meanwhile — Love to Carol’s Unicorn and her Unicorn Foal!  We blogged  it so you can pin it!

Her ebay is: http://www.ebay.com/usr/vailrossi She does not always have items in the shop, because when she posts them…they sell fast. So make sure to follow her shop!

Needle felted animals purple hippo

Patricia Conlon Wins a $25 Gift Certificate!

Needle felted hippo purple

We SUPER HEART this Adorable Purple Polka Dotted Hippo! Needle felted by Patricia Conlon as a special gift to her 1yr old great niece. She shares that she used Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool inside, and Living Felt MC-1  Felting Batts in Boysenberry outside, NZ Corriedale in Cupcake for the polka dots.

She is pretty excited, “It is the first large piece I’ve made. (12 inches tall) and only my 4th project. Her colors and theme are purple and pink hippo.
I thought this would make a great addition to her room
!”

We think she did a wonderful job…don’t you? You can share some love and feedback by leaving a comment on the blog or on facebook!

Just for sending this in, Patricia wins a $25 Gift Certificate for Living Felt!

Needle Felted Dog herding Sheep

Torii's Flock and Magnetic Penguins

Needle Felted Dog herding Sheep

Candace Osborn needle felted these beautiful sculptures! This one is titled “Torii’s Flock.” “The sheep are from his dreams,” she tells us. They are made from Living Felt Core Wool bases, then covered with wool from the Earth Tones pack.

Needle Felted Penguins

She felted magnets into the feet of these penguins, so they stick to the painted metal base. “This keeps these small critters from wandering away, yet allows them to be intentionally moved,” she tells us.

“More and more I am blending clolors of wool as I go, directly on my project. Sometimes a wisp of color can make a difference.” Thank you for sharing your adorable creations, Candace!

You can see more of Candace’s creations at her etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OsbornArtistry

Needle Felted White Samoyed Dog

Happy Mother's Day Needle Felted Samoyed and Her Pups

Needle Felted White Samoyed Dog

This cute little Samoyed dog family was needle felted by Marianne Oberbillig in Wisconsin! This isn’t her first Samoyed, she loves to felt them! She shared that she loves to use New Zealand Corriedale White, especially for all her little doggies!

Thank you for sharing  your always sweet creations!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Needle felted mice

The Amazing Needle Felted Animals of Hannah Stiles

 Hannah Stiles lives in Maine and has been needle felting for approximately 5 years;  for the last two she has been doing well selling her wonderful creations and custom orders on Etsy.  Hannah first learned to needle felt due to her part time job for a fiber company, her very first project was a little gray donkey ornament that she made as a Christmas party gift.

“I instantly loved felting and felt like I had always been doing it.”

Hannah now has 3 sheep of her own which she shears each spring.
She washes and dyes the wool and uses it to create her gorgeous needle felted animals.

“Every felt is a good felt!”

“My favorite part about felting is the huge array of possibilities it offers. You truly can make anything you dream up. I’ve always enjoyed sculpture and wood carving but was frustrated by the unforgiving nature of the materials. With needle felting I can create a sculpture but have perfect freedom to mess up, add wool, or pull it off. I have never had to abandon a project because it was unredeemable.  Every felt is a good felt!”

As you can see from her creations, Hannah’s inspiration comes primarily from nature and living beings. She credits her immediate surroundings including her pets of yesterday and today, the animals on her small farm, and animals she encounters in her local forest and fields.

“…when the world was simple and animals could talk.”

As a little girl my bedroom was overflowing with stuffed animals. I loved biology and anatomy in school and always looked forward to the next field trip to the farm, zoo or science museum. I get so much enjoyment from felting animals because it brings back the feeling I had as a child, when the world was simple and animals could talk.”

Hannah says her most challenging projects are the portraits she is commissioned to do of people’s pets. “I usually feel some suspense before I get to see the pictures they send me. Obviously the pressure to make a little wooly dog look like the real one can be tough, but the extra challenge makes it all the more satisfying when it’s completed!”

Hannah loves to create and work with her hands. She has been drawing “since she can remember” enjoys taking out her sketchbook for the occasional doodle. She has tried her hand and oil painting and watercolors, and shared with us that she even worked as a carpenter for a few years – which seems surprising given she is still in her mid-twenties!

“…I still get a lot of enjoyment from the odd home improvement project.
Whatever the medium, I’m never happier than when I am creating something with my hands!”

For anyone looking for tips or insights on getting started with felting, Hannah suggests:

“… simply jump in and try it! You don’t need a lot of stuff to begin – just a felting needle and some wool. Sign up for a local class or search the web for tutorials and inspiring work by other felters. Wool is so pleasant and satisfying to work with – put on some of your favorite music, get comfy and get carried away with the joy of needle felting!”

Good advice, indeed.

 

See more of Hannah’s inspired works:

www.etsy.com/shop/Ainigmati

http://www.facebook.com/Ainigmati