This portrait is nothing short of stunning! Visit our fb friends group for pictures of her work in process.
“My portrait of my Zima is finished. It feels so good to have this almost living memorial. I can pet her 🙂 Thank you Living Felt for the inspiring tutorials. I would never have attempted this without your help.”
– Doris Waschinski, Canada
“My yellow lab had a puppy from CX-2, onyx eyes, finished with reverse needle. No wire armature in the pup, CX-2 felts quite firm so it can hold up nicely, particularly in a smaller size statue with baby-fat legs and tail.”
– Irene Clark, Wisconsin
Lauren is another of our felting friends we like to follow on Instagram and who sells her work on Etsy. She always has fun images of her work like this little beauty – what lovely coloring!
“This pet portrait was a custom order from one of my customers. It was unnerving trying to recreate not just any animal, but someone’s beloved pet! But after about 5 or 6 hours of tinkering, I was happy with the result.
I used only your fast-felting batts and a yellow and green needle from your shop.
I had previously been using a black wool with longer fibers and the fast felting black wool was a dream!”
– Lauren Beach
SewnbytheBeach on Instagram
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.
“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 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 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.”
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 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
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.”
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.”
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