Galah Cockatoo, Gilda Goodwin
“This has been a lot of fun! I have always wanted to felt this variety of cockatoo. I fell in love with the Galah / Rose Breasted Cockatoo the moment I saw newly hatched ones (which looked like large beaked blobs). A breeder of Poultry and friend started to raise them and incubating them with cochins. I watched them grow and develop into the cutest, sweetest and most loving parrots. I’ve been attached to the pink fluffy birds since.
Using colors I only had on hand, I made a little girl denoted by the red eye color. Eye is glass and painted with a metallic red. Eye ring was a soft warm grey MC-1 sample [Winter gray] I used triple 14 gauge wire for the armature. Sculpted the beak and nails from polymer clay of white a tad of black and some ecru. sculpted over foil and wire . At the tip I only used transparent clay. A blend of MC-1 Powder Pink and Cx-2 Winter White for her crest. Individual crest feathers are wired with 26 gauge. The pink body is MC-1 Orchid Pink.
The grey flight, coverts and tail feathering are a blend ranging from light to dark wet felted using Merino Lily White, Oliphant (my favorite) and Carbon…. I also wired individual feathers for the tail wrapped the wire with Black Onyx. Toes are wrapped with MC-1 Birch and nails are black, white and transparent clay on wire.
Her tongue was a heather pink/purple from LF. All wool was from LF [Living Felt].”
Gilda Hoffman Goodwin, Maryland
We are so thrilled to bring you an amazing exhibit of felted feathered friends by members of our community and felting family. This week and next, we will be sharing wonderful felted birds in the newsletter, blog, instagram, facebook, and in our live broadcast Wooly Wednesday.
These felted works of art are all on display at Living Felt through the end of February. Some are for sale, please contact the artist directly to inquire about these works, or commissions. Those with a web presence are listed by their name.
“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 🙂