Megan Nedds continues to wow and inspire with her realistic needle felted animals. This glorious red, felted cardinal boasts a wing span of over 13 inches! He is felted over a wire armature and was created as a commission. Be sure to check out more from Megan right here on our blog and at her etsy shop, and on facebook where Megan often posts pictures of her sculptures in progress. Interview with Megan
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 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:
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]
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!
Megan Nedds sculpts incredibly captivating wild life through needle felting wool.
She first discovered needle felting in the summer of 2012, following her graduation from high school.
At the time of this post, she has been felting less than 2 years, which is remarkable considering her skill and craftsmanship.
Megan was looking for a fun summer project before beginning college…and so it began:
“I remembered a miniature cat that I had as a child, and dove into the internet to find out how it was made.
Although my childhood cat was not needle felted, my search for miniature animals led me to the amazing world of felting.
I was intrigued, and I was determined to learn the craft. I ordered a few essential supplies and taught myself how to needle felt. Over the past year and a half, I have developed my skills through experimentation and tips from fellow felters.”
“There are so many things I love about felting, it is so different than any other medium I have worked in.
I love that wool is a natural medium. I also love how versatile it is, it very forgiving. If a mistake is made, it can easily be fixed.
I also love how felted animal sculptures can be so interactive; when felted with a wire armature,
they can be posed and positioned, they can become animated.”
Megan’s felted animals look so realistic and animated for several reasons. She felts them over wire armature to make them posable, and she constantly references photographs, diagrams of skeletons, fur patterns and anatomy for the animal she is felting.
“I am inspired by nature, animals, and life. As a children’s book illustration major in school,
I am inspired to create character and personality in my animals.“
In addition to working with wool and needle felting, Megan enjoys drawing and painting and shares
that through school she is working to develop her skills in the more traditional mediums.
She acknowledges that she can apply the techniques she learns in one medium to other mediums, including needle felting.
We asked Megan to share a particularly challenging project past or present:
“Each project presents its own challenge, but if I had to choose my most challenging project, I would choose Stanley the Hedgehog. The most challenging and time consuming aspect of Stanley was trying to figure out how to create his quills. I wanted them to be thin and distinct, so I had to figure out how to keep the strands of wool from blending together and becoming fuzzy.
To solve this problem, I created each individual quill by hand. I rolled thin strands of wool and applied beeswax to each end of the strand. I then felted each quill to his back, so each strand became two quills. This was very time consuming, but I am happy with the way Stanley turned out.”
What’s next? Megan shares that for her next big challenge, she would like to start creating larger animals, and if she has a “dream project”, it is to needle felt a large and very detailed dragon.
FOR THOSE JUST GETTING STARTED, MEGAN OFFERS GUIDANCE:
“I would encourage those who are just getting started in felting to just let yourself experiment. There is no right or wrong way to go about this unique medium, and through experimenting you may find an awesome technique to use in future projects.
The great thing about felting is that almost nothing is permanent, so you can easily fix your project if something you tried didn’t work out.
For those who would like to create felted animals specifically, I recommend thoroughly researching the animal before you begin to felt. It is important to figure out what makes each animal look like that animal. What features make them unique to any other species? Even once the project is started, it is important to always have reference photos near.
[ Penelope was made with MC-1 Willow ]
I also suggest seeking out other felters, either in person or through social media. I have found that it is very inspiring to see and talk about different techniques with other felters. Also, as with any other new endeavor, practice makes perfect. I learn something new with every animal I make, and I am constantly adapting and developing my techniques.”
On this page, she shares works in progress, finished creations, photo shoots of her different animals, and she states she is “happy to share what techniques I used to make each of them”.
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!
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.
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