Red Crested Cardinal, Diana Matusik Densmore
“In 2012, my mom and stepfather married in Hawaii … there was one moment where we were sitting outside at a restaurant, and one of these little goofballs bounced up to us, cocked its head, and just gave us the most endearing little look. We had a good laugh from that character, considering we were also watching roosters chase each other up and down the adjacent golf course. Little dinosaurs, they are … It’s a sort of ‘stylized realism,’ a combo of realistic design and cartoon-ish simplicity”
wire armature, core wool, MC-1 Batting, NZ Corriedale in crest
Diana Matusik Densmore, Florida
Barn Owl Family, Linda Brodersen
“This barn owl family was a commissioned project made for a friend. The pictures were captured by a video camera set up in her brother’s barn. The babies were in a separate picture which I incorporated into the parent’s picture. This portrait is the second one I made at the request of my husband. The first one took 40 hours to make, this one took 20.”
Needle Felted on Linen.
All MC-1 was used from the fabulous Living Felt, Angora blend for babies.
Hand beading was added to the feathers.
Linda Brodersen, Michigan
Eastern Screech Owl, red morph, Sonja Oswalt
“One of my favorite things as a graduate student in Wildlife and Fisheries science was to go spotlighting owls at night. I got to see many of these little guys, and learned to hear and mimic their song. I don’t get in the field much now, but I love these adorable native birds.”
CW-1 Core wool, MC-1 batt in browns and greys, Living Felt corriedale wool
Sonja Weeks-Oswalt, Tennessee
Blue Heron, Sandra Atkins
“When we moved to our new house in SC we discovered that the builder put a big ugly electrical box in our hallway. I had been needle felting 3D figures for about 18 months and decided to try a 2D wall hanging to cover the box.
Since we live on the marsh, a heron was the natural choice for my subject. The electrical box was fairly large and at the time I didn’t have a large foam mat so I had to do the piece in sections.”
prefelted background; all natural fibers (mostly from Living Felt) including core wool, merino top, silk blend and locks, plus some karakul fiber in the grasses from a local VA breeder
Sandra Atkins, South Carolina
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.
Angel of Light, Barb Sackel, New York
This week we share with you four different artists who have created art works on similar subjects, using four very different approaches to create a 2D work of fiber art.
This wonderful work art is based on a cross stitch pattern – we think it is a brilliant needle felt rendition!
“Done with my second piece. This one was titled angel of light by lavender and lace. It was a Crosstitch pattern. I had some trouble converting the pattern as you can see in the picture.
I used batt, roving, merino top and locks. I used the locks in the ribbon and from a distance it looks like velvet. I wet felted the background with Roving and used Angelina fibers. On to the next……”