Needle Felted Gargoyle is a Work of Art!

Needle Felted Gargoyle by Cherie Davidson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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!)”

Needle Felted Gargoyle by Cherie Davidson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“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

You can see more from Cherie online at:
 http://DarlinGirlCreations.etsy.com 
https://www.facebook.com/DarlinGirlCreations

Needle Felted Tiger by Carol Rossi on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Realistic Needle Felted Tiger & Cubs

Needle Felted Tiger by Carol Rossi on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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

Needle Felted Tiger by Carol Rossi on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felted Tiger Cubs by Carol Rossi on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Carol sells her exquisite sculptures on ebay under the name of  vailrossi

Felted Day of The Dead Cat – Dia Del Muerto

Needle Felted Dia Del Muerto Cat by Kelly Corso on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We went crazy over this felted cat by Kelly Corso!

“This is a Day of the Dead cat I made using LF’s core wool and MC1 colors.
She is about 12″ tall. I am a total cat lover! Thanks for always inspiring me!”

~ Kelly Corso, Lucie, Florida

You can see and buy more great felted works from Kelly in her etsy shop:

Bird In a Tree Creations

Needle Felted Octopus Like You’ve Never Seen!

Michele White Needle Felted Octopus on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This really rocked our fb page! Perfect for OOAK-Whimsical Week!

“This was my most whimsical and creative project lately!
Meet Miss Jules Octavia. She is 100% steampunk and full of life!
with her tentacles spread – she is over 2 foot wide
Hand felted using Living Felt’s fine Merino top in Lilac. Her legs were created using
a wire armature twisted in the center and carefully felted to the underside of her head.
I used Merino top in Plum to create her hat – with a black rim
(both stiffened with commercial fabric stiffener).

Her tentacles had 3 sizes of metal snaps running along the underside to mimic suckers
(but keeping in her Steampunk theme)
Her eyes are acrylic full round doll eyes in Violet.

She is embellished with a variety of items ~ some vintage watch pieces,- paper and silk flowers, gears, a
nd keys (the majority of which are seen on her right side – which are not shown in this picture)
Thank you Living Felt for having just the fiber and needles I needed to let my imagination run wild!”

– Michele White, Bristow, Oklahoma

What Happens When Animator Discovers Needle Felting?

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog   

What happens when an animator discovers needle felting ? Drawings come to life in wool!

Allison Craig is a full-time animator and consummate doodler who found her way to the magic of felting her characters in wool. The first needle felt sculptures she ever saw were those of a past co-worker, who had also been featured on Living Felt for her unique creations.

“I think the first needle felt work I ever saw came from the amazing Steph Laberis. We actually worked together for a while at an animation studio in Boston called Soup2Nuts. Once we had each gone our own ways, I saw some of her needle felt work online and LOVED it. Finally, 2 years ago, I bought some startup supplies from Living Felt and gave it a shot.”

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“Being an animator, I’ve always been into character design and doodling different animals and ideas. Pair that with a guilty-pleasure love of stuffed animals, and this seemed like the perfect media for me to try. I love that it’s a 3 dimensional way to create a character; I have a lot of fun scultping (I did a bit of sculpey work back in college)”

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog
“The felt projects I create usually come from doodling in my sketchbook. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of projects for other people, so the idea might come from them, but I’ll put my own spin on the design. I think everything I’ve done has been an animal. I feel more comfortable doing animals than humans! Maybe someday I’ll challenge myself. I get inspiration from a lot of other animators and character designers. I follow a lot tumblrs and artists on facebook (and I try not to get sucked into internet browsing for TOO long, ha!).”

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“The majority of artwork that I do is for my fulltime job with Titmouse. I animate/layout/design in Flash and Photoshop on the computer. I use a Wacom Cintiq which allows you to draw with a stylus straight onto the monitor. So nice!! Otherwise, I’m doodling with pencils in my sketchbook. Felting is so nice because it gets me away from the computer but keeps me productive.”
What has been your most challenging project and what was challenging about it?

I think my most challenging project has been the Mia dog. Mostly because it was only my third felt and I was (and am) still trying to learn the best methods and tricks for doing certain things. I was also trying to use different mediums with that one – the resin cast eyes (thank you, Steph, for that tutorial!) and the collar, etc. I love how using different mediums in one piece can make it more textural and interesting.”
Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What is your “next big challenge”.or the project you are dreaming to do?
“I have a small obsession with unicorns and would LOVE to do a goofy, cartoony unicorn. “

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog
“Anyone can needle felt!! That is what’s so great about it. Everyone has a different style and different ideas, and it’s great to see the variety that comes from this form of art. And with modern day tech – it’s so easy to find a tutorial online that can help you overcome hurdles that you hit. I am SO happy to have discovered needle felting! Maybe you’ll fall in love with it too.”

Allison Craig Animations & Needle Felt on www.livingfelt.com/blog

SEE MORE FROM ALLISON:

tumblr (most recent work posted here):  http://allisonanimates.tumblr.com/
website: http://allisoncraig.com/

Needle Felted Bunnies – So Adorable!

Needle Felted Bunny Rabbits by Tessa Bold on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Does Anybunny Wanna Carrot?
Tessa has been sharing some really great sculptures with us, and these bunnies are just in time for Spring! Made with MC-1 Felting Batts.

Needle Felted Bunny Rabbits by Tessa Bold on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“Bunnies! Made with your wool, glass eyes , horsehair whiskers.   10″ tall to top of ears. Thanks for letting me share!”

– Tessa Bold