“I love experimenting with new techniques and generally becoming braver with my ideas. This piece is my newest that I made yesterday; I made prefelt out of black merino and alpaca with rainbow silk, cut out the shape of the bird and assembled everything on black prefelt. The background has merino, yak, and baby camel/silk blends. I already have ideas for my next experiment with this style!”
– Rachel Carter, Orgeon
Rock and Flower Felt
What a precious family captured in pictures, and in felt.
“I had to say goodbye to my barn owl family, made on commission for a friend. These two “lovebirds” and family were in her brother’s barn and he captured this precious picture by leaving a video camera on. I think his pic should win an award! I hope I did them justice. I’m happy to say my friend loved them, and as usual, my hubby said, “I want that” so guess what I’m doing again! Hopefully it won’t take me as long the second time.”
– Linda Brodersen, Michigan
What a realistic little robin!
“Two more wool paintings. A monarch butterfly and a robin. There’s a robin’s nest in the tree right outside my door that I’ve enjoyed watching. I just started needle felting earlier this month but it’s safe to say I love it! … These were made with Living Felt MC-1“.
– Sarah Ann Jump, Indiana
Tessa Bold is back in action, check out this wonderful Cardinal!
“Made a life-size cardinal. The cats were not impressed. All Living Felt wool over wire. Glass bead eyes.”
– Tessa Bold, Texas
For our 1st Thursday event this month, we made nesting gifts for the birds! You can put out bits of wool, yarn and fabric and the birds will use it in their nest construction.
We shared ideas and tips for this in our Wooly Wednesday available under VIDEOS in our facebook group.
*Remember to keep the items easy to pull off, lengths 4″ – 6″ and widths of fabric around 1″. Avoid nylons and polyesters 🙂
Last week we began sharing felted birds and things with wings… but it’s also a great time to start putting out some fiber for the real birds! There are lots of ways to do this, like these little wire cages. These also make great gifts!
Keep the yarns under 6″ long and make sure to include some plain white fluff. Other fibers like twigs and straw are great additions!
We would love to see yours! For more inspiration, you can also see our birds’ nest from last year using fishing net.
What a beautiful little wren, and you can even get a postcard of him in Arzu’s etsy shop 🙂
“Happy new year to you all
Here is my male Superb Fairy Wren – the first bird I made. He honours the extraordinary love my little boys have for birdies and I remember the lovely sense of calm and gratitude he invoked as he slowly evolved.
Made with a corriedale core and finished in fine wisps of merino. There is a teeny amount of armature in the legs which I have painted and his eyes are beaded. He is life sized and he loves to perch in random spots.”
Have a beautiful day,
Arzu Unel-Cleary, Australia