Giovanna is felting with us all the way from Spain! She felted over a resist from the wet felting a slipper kit and also over a ball. In late December of last year she wet felted this Cat Cave for her beloved Oni.
“He always loved water and flowers, so I tried to evoke a kind of Monet water lilies sort of look. This was the last thing I was able to do for my cat as he passed away on February. He meant the world to me. In this project I first used the Ball Brause Sprinkler Tool. I also used the Emerald forest pack for the leaf border decoration and for the pale green highlights in the water.”
Cherie Davidson really got our attention this week with her incredible needle felted gargoyle! She felted him out of love as a gift for her brother.
“I started this gargoyle as a gift for my brother, as a Christmas present. I didn’t get it detailed by then, so I wrapped it, and as soon as he opened it, I snatched it back and said, “he’s not finished yet! You’ll get him back as soon as he’s what I envision him” and I worked on him until the end of March! LOL My poor brother. But when he saw him, he named him “Brutus” and said he was worth the wait. (That was a great feeling!)”
“Brutus is my largest piece, and when he was first started, he was only my third project in needle felting (and ended up being my fifth piece when finished). He’s the size of a house cat, and at his very body core he has a little (doll making) polyfil (for economy, and I was still learning at that point), but then he’s built up with Living Felt core wool, and his wonderful stone color is Living Felt’s MC-1 Cross Batt in Storm Gray. He’s detailed in black MC-1. I did use some armature wire in his paws/claws to help form the toes/talons, and I felted a pipe cleaner up the inside edge of each wing for a little support, but otherwise, he’s all fiber. I used a single 40t needle for most of him, but did occasionally use the Clover 3-needle pen to help with surface smoothing and some large surface areas.
He was a pure joy to create, and I learned a great deal about the feel of wool and the way a needle sculpts wool fibers from this little guy, and I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out!”
Thank you! – Cherie Davidson
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Carol Rossi recently sent us pictures of this beautiful needle felted tiger and her cubs. She has a knack for needle felting realistic animals, even when they are fantasy creatures such as a unicorn or Pegasus. (see more from Carol here)
“Here is a Tiger family that I just finished!
Mom and both cubs have wire skeletons inside, and then I used your core wool. Their coats are made with your New Zealand Corriedale wool in Butterscotch, chestnut [copper], white and black.
They all have glass eyes and horse hair whiskers.”
– Carol Rossi, Colorado
Carol sells her exquisite sculptures on ebay under the name of vailrossi
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Needle Felted Bird – American Wood Thrush
“Jackie Felix needle felted this beautiful bird, an American Wood Thrush as part of a larger work in progress.
She shares that she originally intended to make two felted birds for the piece, but needle felting and finishing the wings took longer than anticipated. She used Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts in the making of this beauty, and shares more about her process.
NEEDLE FELTING THIS REALISTIC FELTED BIRD
“The body of this bird was created wingless.
The wings were formed separately with individual feathers assembled one by one to resemble a wing.
The wings were then [needle] felted to the birds’ body with a fine strip of batting, that was used not only to attach the feathers together, but also to adhere the wings in place.
Feathers, all needle felted, were ironed repeatedly with heavy pressure applied between two sheets of parchment paper to achieve an extremely thin appearance.
Trimming loose fibers continually with a good pair of manicure scissors, in addition to working the felt rather firmly, permitted me to achieve greater detail in all aspects of the piece from feathers to beak.
This was a slow process and did require some time, patience and experience, however it does become easier with practice.
Referring to bird pictures often and paying particular attention to measurements helped me keep this replica true to size and shape.
The legs and feet, are formed over a fine wire armature inserted through the lower part of the body and then simply felted in place.”
We fell in love with the felted scarves, wrist warmers, jewelry and more by Angela Shannon!
Join us as we visit with her and explore more of her exquisite yet elemental felted apparel.
Approximately 8 years ago, Angela discovered felt making through her love of trying new craft techniques She shares she is currently trying to teach herself micro macramé.
“I enjoy coming up with new designs, and so I tend to take an experimental approach, and I am not always certain of what I will make until I get started. I am very happy to combine materials I have to hand such as cotton fabrics and pieces of vintage lace into my felt work. I also like to try out different kinds of fibres to see what changes they make to the texture of the felt. I hand dye my fibres using acid dyes which is a process I also very much enjoy.”
“I love the way that felt can mimic nature. I was very surprised when I first discovered this aspect of felting, and it is the main reason why I enjoy working in this medium.”
Angela says she loves felting scarves and shawls “because there is an infinite variety of possibilities, whether that is the colour combinations, shapes or textures. I also love making my forest cuffs because there always seems to be a new colour combination to try.”
For her delightful felted pieces, Angela likes to work with merino tops, Wensleydale and Teeswater locks, and she also enjoys using Alpaca and silk fibers.
Where does she get her magical ideas?
“The woods and forest is where I derive my inspiration.”
Angela’s WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT to fellow artists and craft persons:
“Find something that you love creating that comes from the heart and others will love it too. Be prepared to work very hard and never give up on your ability to succeed.”
Shop with Angela in her Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/ch-en/shop/folkowl
Follow her on facebook: Folk Owl on facebook
Tessa Bold is an artist who recently discovered needle felting…and she makes such wonderful creations!
Recently she heard we were teaching a free class at our local guild for needle felting pin cushions, so
she gave us these needle felted pies / pin cushions to share as inspirational models :)
What a lovely thing to do, right? They are needle felted with Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool,
and MC-1 Batting, aka felting batts.
This needle felted mushroom pin cushion she gave to us as a gift also. (then she learned of
our class and gifted us the pies…she has such a sweet spirit!) These pots inspired us to put our
felted fairy garden pin cushions in flower pots also. Its so great how that chain reaction happens!
Tessa does not have an online presence yet..but we’ll share it when she does!