Incredible Needle Felted Dog Portrait

Needle Felted Dog Portrait by Tina Marrin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We are just blown away by this incredible work of art!

“Dear Living Felt,

Howdy, my submission is a needlefelted dog portrait of my neighbors dog Maximo. Maximo, the portrait, is 13″ x 7″ x 1/2″. Maximo, the dog, lives next door to us and the portrait was a surprise thank you gift to Maximo’s owner.

I have made several dog portraits, they are on my Instagram at “tinamarrin”, but for Maximo’s portrait I finally had some great bright white batts from Living Felt! The portraits take about 30 hours to make because I layer on the fibers a few hairs at a time. I love the subtle hair-by-hair changes when I lay in color, lights and darks. I layer and layer until the dog morphs into the real spirit of how he or she really looks.

I never charge for my portraits, they are a labor of love and always elicit a tender emotional response from their dog’s owner, that response is my payment.

Photo credit goes to my husband George Woods : )

Thank you so much!!”

Tina Marrin, California
instagram: tinamarrin

Felting Wild Life with Judy Titche

Judy Titche Needle Felted Animals Ducklings Turtle on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Judy Titche lives in Indiana and is a trained artist with a degree in painting and drawing. Her creative exploration, however, has moved her more toward 3D works which she really enjoys.  Her felted animals and the rich colors and textures in her scenes are utterly brilliant.

Judy Titche Needle Felted Animals Ducklings Turtle on www.livingfelt.com/blog

I have done a great deal of work in 3D mosaics. My current show at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is a combination of mosaics and fiber held together by the theme of animals.”

“I have always had a fascination with vintage fabric and needlework. I saw a photo of needle felted embellishment and I plunged in head first. I love to learn new art forms and I also like the challenge of pushing them to their/my limits. I like the little ”surprises” of wet felting and the variety of color in wool rovings.  Needle felting is both a challenging and unique sculpting medium.  I find the final form is also unique in its texture and detail.”

 

Judy Titche Felted Animals on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Judy considers “nature” to be her greatest inspiration. “Every day I am amazed at the beauty of nature. I think I captured some of that beauty in my baby duck piece, the Snowy Owl and the Cardinals in a Magnolia Tree.”

Judy Titche  Felted Owl  on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Judy shared that her greatest artistic challenges to date were around the felted snowy owl hanging in her current solo show.

“I think the Snowy Owl was the most challenging due to the armature I had to build to provide support for the life sized wings and body. Also the installation piece around the owl was quite challenging.  My vision was to create an ethereal setting for the owl to be flying through.  I was quite pleased with the final result.”

Judy Titche  Felted Owl  on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Next on her bucket list of “things to felt” is an installation representing several different jellyfish.

 Judy offers encouraging words to those just getting started:

 “Keep your eyes open and look, look, look. Train yourself to see detail and the numerous hidden treasures all around you.  There are innumerable textures and color combinations that are awe inspiring. Use what you see as  inspiration for your work.”

Judy Titche  Felted Owl  on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Judy shared her use of Living Felt Fibers and tools:        “I use Living Felt core wool for most of my 3D work.  I like the foam pads for needle felting and Merino wool for its softness and color variety.”

 Besides her current exhibit, you can see more of Judy’s eclectic style in her etsy shop: ReZoom

Sweet Felted Dog Coat

Felted Dog Coat by Kathleen McGill on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Felted Dog Coat – Cover Your DOG In Felt

Kathleen McGill in Arkansas felted her little dog a sweet coat!
“I felted this using a pad and a single needle to lay out the pattern.
I trace the outline with a border leicester roving. Then layer the other fibers,
keeping ‘warp and weft’ in mind for stability, only bringing halfway on the outline.
I pull the other half up and over once all the layers are on.
This gives a nice clean and strong edge.

Then once built (there are structural reinforcements between layers),
removed and solidified using the straight line 10 needle tool.

I learned it makes the dog nervous when you start to measure them.

I had lots of fun making this, and inspired to make more.
I really enjoy seeing all the lovely work that gets submitted to you guys.
This is the first time I’ve made something I thought worthy of submission…Wearable Art!”

– Kathleen McGill

Needle Felted Dog – A Sweet Pet Portrait

Needle Felted Dog Dachschund by Kate Lindenmuth Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog
This precious needle felted pup comes to us from Katen Lindenmuth …Jessica says, “It is such a joy to make a likeness of someone’s beloved pet, but the most touching part of my work is seeing the expression (and sometimes tears) on the person’s face when they hold the sculpture in their hands for the first time! Woolly Warm Fuzzies & the art of Kate Lindenmuth”

You can see more on her facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/wwfuzzy

 

Needle felting paintings with Arlette Seib on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felting Pictures of Sheep and Dogs with Arlette Seib

     Needle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Arlette Seib wrote us a few wonderful emails and shared with us her incredible felted paintings of  what she calls
“typical scenes from my daily life with sheep and a few great dogs,   which is where the inspiration for artwork arises for me.”
Her words were thoughtful and comprehensive, so much of this post is in her own words.

ON THE MOVE (pictured above) is a large wall piece measuring about 2 x 3 feet.
“It contains LF [Living Felt] colored wool including fern green, foliage (oranges),
black, and one of your gorgeous blues.

The grey canvas was machine felted locally. The picture was entirely needle felted.
I enjoy using your 38 gauge needles for most of the work and then move to a finer needle as I progress.”

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We appreciated the message from  this snippet of  a larger post on Arlette’s blog:
This afternoon, without knowing what I was planning to do with them,
I pulled out some of my artwork that is not already hanging on the walls.

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I set the pieces out randomly as I pulled them from the art cupboard.  I think there is a common struggle with anyone who works on a pursuit that has no obvious, immediate, tangible outcome to it. The struggle to conquer the thoughts of not ever being enough.

When I saw my artwork laid out, I was reminded of why I stay this course. Why I live on the prairie, far from company, raise sheep, and immerse myself into a life of dogs and draw in my spare time. Sometimes I get lost and I forget all the why’s and the reasons. I look outwardly for the magic bullet; stewing, asking, thinking too hard and not seeing that the magic bullet is right here in the every-day-ness of life.

These are the every day ness of my life out here.

I impressed myself, I felt encouraged to pick up the pencil and keep on keeping on.
I also asked the hard question: where does it go from here? I didn’t find the answer, but that’s okay, sometimes you just have to see where you’ve been or what you’ve done to appreciate where you are going.

Needle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This Trio Of Queens piece measures 12 x 16 and includes LF [Living Felt] foliage, and fern green and brown/black wool.
Some wool from my own flock is also used in this piece. The canvas is repurposed 100% wool material.
The finished piece is wrapped on a hard canvas drawing board for hanging.

Arlette-Seib-onguardpencilNeedle Felting Pictures and Wall Hangings with Arlette Seib. Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

I sketch each piece out on paper. Then transfer to canvas using an old school projector.
This is especially useful for creating larger size pieces as I can resize with ease.
On the wool canvas I lightly mark the main lines with a lead or white pencil or sometimes a marker if required.
The transfer is barely visible but I only need to keep proportions and eyes proper. The rest I do as I go. 

Needle felting paintings with Arlette Seib on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle felting a picture – a work in progress. Notice how she builds up the shading
before adding the details.

Felting Wall hangings, Felted Paintings by Arlette Seib and featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

As an artists I’m addicted to detail and as I progress in this fluent fibre art medium I’m learning to let the pieces dictate how much refining I put into them, challenging myself to let go of some detail and let each piece speak. 

I raise sheep and live a remarkably peaceful life on the prairies near Watrous, Saskatchewan. Canada.  

Love your company and how you inspire us. 

Cheers,  Arlette Seib

You can visit Arlette online:

http://www.ranching-with-sheep.com

http://ranching-with-sheep.blogspot.com

needle felted dog by Adriana Plum of Turkey Run Farm

Needle Felted Pet Portraits – Aussie Dogs

Needle Felted Dog Aussie by Adriana Plum of Turkey Run Farm
Adriana Plum Wins a $25 Gift Certificate to Living Felt!  

 Adriana is a 4H Agility & Obedience Leader, she owns Turkey Run Farm and she is truly a talented artist.
“I have worked on this particular project for a few weeks. This dog is blue merle, color that is not so easy to achieve with just one color. But I was so happy that I ordered  Monochrome Studio Pack from Living Felt and realized that the colors are exactly what I was looking for. It was a pleasure to work with these colors. People ask me how much wool did I use for “Max” the Australian Shepherd. My answer is a TON without too much exaggeration. Max is 18″ long and over 10″ tall.”

“Felting herding breed dogs has been my recent passion. I have owned, trained and competed with my Aussies for almost 10 years. I know this type of dogs so well as I have my hands on my dogs a lot (training, grooming, playing etc) and being able to sculpture them and make them look so real comes pretty naturally to me. It does take a lot of thinking, planning, and sometimes drawing, specially when dogs pose. Getting them to look so real took some studying of dog’s anatomy, scull, head, and pretty much their entire body. It is a lot of work, but the results are rewarding.”
 
“Thank you for pretty and high quality wool.”

Needle Felted Dog Aussie by Adriana Plum of Turkey Run Farm

This is “Gracie”, her new competition partner, and mini-Gracie…her needle felted double.

Adriana shares, “…she is so amazing that I had to take time and sculpt her.
Again, she is blue merle color which add extra time to get those colors right. Gracie is 1 foot long and almost 10″ tall.
I think I used 7 or 8 different colors (including Frisbee) on her to get different shades.
Since I have live model at home, I was able to catch all the details, like pink on her nose, etc.”

Needle felted dog aussie by Adriana Plum of Turkey Run Farm

This one is Misty, my friend’s Aussie and she is blue merle color. She is about 1 foot long and 11″ tall.

Visit Adriana’s website here: www.turkeyrunfarm.com 

Felted Painting Dog Jack Russell by Fiona Gill of Marmelade Rose

Captivating Felted Paintings!

 Felted Painting Dog Jack Russell by Fiona Gill of Marmelade Rose

Fiona Gill of Marmelade Rose shared a felted painting of a little Jack Russell and one of a Robin, both on our  facebook page.
She is indeed talented! She sells her work Cherrydidi in Keswick and Chapel Gallery in Hawes, both have websites.
She will also be exhibiting at Art in the Pen at both Carlisle and Skipton, Yarndale at Skipton and Staithes Festival of Art.

Felted Painting of Robin Bird by Fiona Gill of Marmelade Rose

On her facebook she also offers reprints of her felt paintings as greeting cards
— a lovely way to have and share this wonderful art!

Marmelade Rose on facebook