Tiny Critters that Will Capture Your Heart

Jessie Dockins has a knack for capturing the animal spirit in her wooly creations.

“…needle felted using Living Felt’s Merino Cross Batt Studio Felting Pack.  I call them a trio of tiny tubby owls.  The owl I’m holding is 1/2 inch tall and the other two are each 1 inch tall.  They have brown glass eyes and I sculpted their little beaks from polymer clay.  I loved using batting from a studio pack because I didn’t need to think about matching colors!  They were a joy to make and each time I look at them, they make me smile.”

Posable needle felted chipmunk

Needle Felting in sizes right down to the teeny tiny, she still brings her pieces to life!  Jessie sent us photos of some of her favorite pieces made with Living Felt wool,
and  we asked her to share with you some tips for working in miniatures. 


Barklee is a needle felted dog, wool over wire armature…he was made in loving memory of boxer that passed away.

As in the Living Felt studio, Jessie uses wooden skewers to make beaks, fingers, and similarly shaped parts, and she says,

“When working on tiny animals, I think it’s even more important than usual to make sure all parts are symmetrical.  I also add less detail than I would to larger critters- too much detail on a small animal looks too busy.  It’s better to start smaller than you want your animal to be and then build it up- it’s a lot easier to add wool than to try to felt something enough to make it smaller.  I use a pair of tweezers to hold eyes and beaks and talons in place while glue is setting.”


Needle Felted Frogs, wool over wire armature. These little  frogs are posable!

Needle Felted Owls

 ” I suppose the best tip I can think of when working on small creations, is to take your time and always know where your fingers are!”

We agree! And we love sharing Jessie’s creations with you…but you can see even more if you visit her Etsy Shop,
she can even needle felt custom creations just for you.

Three Dogs and a Cat on Etsy

5 thoughts on “Tiny Critters that Will Capture Your Heart

  1. I love your stuff! Where do you get the eyes for you creations? I can’t get over how tiny everything is, I think my ADD would prevent me from making those with out shedding some blood!

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    • Thank you for your kind comments! Lately, I’ve been buying my eyes from various Ebay stores. I usually search for the size and color, like “4mm brown glass eyes.” There are lots of different kinds available! Oh and believe me, I’ve shedded some blood on occasion!

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  2. I would love instructions on making the owl babies! I have tons of birder friends who would adore them as gifts…I’m new to needle felting or I would just try “winging” it 🙂

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