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
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:
You might recall that not too long ago we shared a lovely
humming bird needle felted by Patty Gibson of DeLand, Florida.
She shared it after learning the basics from our free needle felting a humming bird tutorial.
Well now she is up to some amazing felting…both wet felting,
and needle felting with projects like these gorgeous and life-like birds!
“I started needle felting this past November with a little bear kit that I purchased from Living Felt. Before that, I had not heard of needle felting until I came across Marie’s YouTube. When I looked at Marie’s video I quickly ordered, received, and then made my first bear from her wonderful kit. After that, I was completely sold on the art.
I made small bears for my three grown daughters and for my elderly mother and I gave them as Christmas gifts. I started needle felting birds after my husband and I received a wildlife camera for Christmas which we positioned on our backyard birth bath. We were astounded by the tremendous activity and happiness that birds display at bath time.
Here are just few examples of the many bird pictures we captured.
Seeing birds in their natural setting at a distance of 3 feet – splashing, swimming, flying,
and singing is what gave me the inspiration to needle felt them.
I use core wool to form the bird body and apply color with MC-1 on top. Unsure exactly how to make bird feet, I came up with an idea to use jewelry wire, floral tape and fingernail polish. I started with forming the feet with the wire, covering the wire with floral tape, and then painting the tape-covered wire with black and grey fingernail polish – and it happened “bird feet”.
To attach the feet to the bird body, I apply a small amount of glue to the end of the wire and wrap MC-1 around the top, then needle felt the legs to the body. My confidence was reinforced about 6 weeks ago after placing several of the needle felted birds in our family room arched window when a tufted titmouse flew to the outside window right next to the felted titmouse as if to say,
“Hey, what are you doing in there?”
We think these birds are just brilliant! I wonder what would happen if Patty got a Jungle Camera? hmmmm–
Watch for more photos from Patty on facebook where she is a frequent poster!
Jennifer Field is truly an artist of many talents, but she first caught our eye with one of her incredible needle felted roosters.
This Custom Felted Belgium Quail D’Anvers Bantam Rooster was both needle and wet felted.
It was a commission piece for a beloved rooster that had to be given away.
Jennifer shares, “Years ago I raised exotic chickens and I have been drawing, painting
and making glass chickens for 15+ years.
I used Living Felt’s gorgeous Merino cross felting batts with amazing results.
They have just enough variation of color and felt beautifully.”
“I start by wet felting a core and making a variety of wet felted sheets that will be cut and felted more to become feathers. I build the form and attach the feathers with needle felting. I forge the legs out of one piece of copper and make glass eyes for my smaller birds. I don’t use any glue to assemble, preferring to needle felt my pieces until they are very firm and sturdy.”
Jennifer has been an artist her “whole life” using whatever materials and mediums available at the time. She received a degree in Illustration almost 30 years ago and worked as a toy and fabric designer.
She has been making jewelry for the over 25 years and glass beads for more than 20 years.
“I have always been fascinated by felt, at first sewing felt soft sculptures, then knitting and felting/fulling bags, but I only started making felt [around 2010] when I took a workshop with a dear old friend from my glass bead making world, Gail Crosman Moore. She exposed me to wet felting and embellishing techniques. Having a background in sculpture I was drawn to the medium for making larger pieces. I started needle felting and hit the ground running. “
“I love the idea of making something from nothing. I love the process, the smell of the olive oil soap I use, and watching the fibers come together.
It is also a great break from making beads and metal work which requires fire and kilns and toxic materials.”
“I have always found birds to be appealing subject matter. I translated a series of glass bead birds I made into felted birds and chickens. So many beautiful varieties and colors. I have also found so many beautiful varieties and colors of fleece that have further inspired me. I am also passionate about gardening and flowers and like to create them with a combination of glass, felt and enameled copper.”
“I love to expose people to these wonderful mediums that have changed my life. My advice to people new to felting is to keep at it and push the medium. Watch lots of videos, read lots of books and then find what works for you.
I feel like I’m only just beginning!”
Jennifer teaches teach felt sculpture and glass bead making at a wonderful art center,where she also maintains a studio, in South-Western Maine www.SanctuaryArts.org
The first thing Pat Siemer ever needle felted was a Cardinal.
After she discovered her love of felting, she decided to needle felt birds from her neighborhood, what a lovely idea!
“Living felt is the best [wool] that I have used.
I love it because it is so clean and fluffy. It is easy to work with and comes in an outstanding variety of colors.”
Thank you for the kind words and especially for sharing your wonderful felted birds with us, Pat!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Who needs “angry birds” when you can enjoy these fun and funky needle felted Love Birds?!
“Just thought I’d pass along a couple pics of the new creations I made with my new stock of supplies. The penguin is called Romeo -featured with “Blush” in photo. Both items are made with the merino cross-batts.”
- Genevieve Hamilton Ontario, Canada
Michelle Houston sent us these photos of her incredible eagle.
“This is a Bald Eagle I made for a good friend’s birthday. I used a wire armature and made individual feathers for the wings and chest. The head was also made with tiny feathers I created to get the look I wanted. I used white and dark brown merino cross batt and bits of yellow and a lighter brown with a little black for eyes.”