Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Hoary Redpoll, Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, and Emu Chick

Felted Hoary Redpoll Bird by Jen Cookson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Hoary Redpoll, Jen Cookson

“I first spotted this bird in another regions of BC while out walking on a cold winter’s day after a sad event, and he cheered me up just looking at him. One day, I saw fattest Hoary Redpoll I’d ever seen; he defied gravity! I laughed so hard I decided to make one. I learned they are an Arctic bird that always travels to BC from Greenland.

Making birds has healed my heart and every time I make one I dive in and learn as much as I can about that particular type. It’s a joyful practice!”

Jen Cookson, Canada
www.jencookson.ca

felted-chickadee-bird

Little Chickadee, Debbie Penley

“This little chickadee was a prototype for a project with my local Audubon Society. I chose the chickadee because it is a fairly recognizable bird, and it is well liked. :)”

Debbie Penley, Pennsylvania

Felted Cedar Waxwing Bird by Karen Englebretson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Cedar Waxwing, Karen Englebretson

“A few years ago we planted serviceberry trees, Amelancier, to attract more birds to our yard. Summer 2017 was the first year we had abundant fruit and a flock of cedar waxwings took notice.

For a few days they circled our property and dropped into the trees every few hours to feed. I put a chair in the driveway and spent an afternoon studying and photographing them, then felted a number of waxwing ornaments, and even a pair of life size birds. “

Karen Englebretson, Minnesota
etsy: KJE Felties

Felted Emu Chick Bird by Tammy Saulnier featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Emu Chick, Tammy Saulnier

“This sculpture has a wire armature and is poseable. He also has pre-made eyes, and polymer clay beak and claws.

I couldn’t help it, I saw an emu chick and had to make it. For me it is like the ugly duckling story just in reverse..lol”

Tammy Saulnier, Canada
Dragon Song Studio

Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Galah Cockatoo

Felted Galah Cockatoo by Gilda Hoffman Goodwin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.

Felted Galah Cockatoo by Gilda Hoffman Goodwin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.

Felted Galah Cockatoo by Gilda Hoffman Goodwin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

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
etsy: TheWoolenShed

Galahad Fan Art Sculpture

Felt Galahad Sculpture by Sasha Blaschka featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Fan Art in Felt…You just gotta love it! Sasha really did this character justice!

“Galahad is an enchanted suit of armor and main character of the “Galahad & The Far Off Horizon” comic anthology, created by Hansel Moreno & Julian Adkins. This sculpture is made of wire, wool (mostly Living Felt’s MC-1 Batt in Carnival!), and polymer clay (with a pinch o’ magic, shh)! Capturing the proportions of this character was a fun challenge; I learned a lot from this project!”

– Sasha Blaschka, Texas

Spectacular Felted Monkey Sculpture

Felted Monkey Sculpture by Megan Nedds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Megan Nedds shared her most recent and quite spectacular sculpture in our facebook group. It is so fun for us to have seen the inspiration images, help select colors and now see the finished work!

Felted Monkey Sculpture by Megan Nedds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“Cece the White-Fronted Capuchin is finally finished! She is life-sized, with a head and body length of 13 inches, and a height of 13 inches from her hands to the top of her head. She has hand painted glass eyes, and polymer clay fingernails. She took approximately 100 hours to complete. I used many Living Felt merino top colors, Sand Dollar, Mushroom, Mocha, Oak, Milk Chocolate and Bitter Chocolate.”

– Megan Nedds
fb and etsy: The Woolen Wagon

Felted Monkey Sculpture by Megan Nedds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Impressive Felted Jerry Garcia Sculpture

Needle Felted Jerry Garcia Sculpture by Nori Bucci featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This sculpture has exceptional detail AND personality! The use of clay on the guitar was spot on, and read how she made the glasses!

“Here is my first sculpture of a person..Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead!

It was inspired by my brother, who is a huge Greatful Dead fan, and he urged me to create this for his fan club. I used 12G Armature Wire, CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 batts in the colors ‘Fleshtone’ [ Now Sand], ‘Linen‘, ‘Bonsai‘, ‘Black Onyx‘, and ‘Willow‘, Lincoln Natural Locks in Lamb Gray, 4mm brown glass eyes, 20G Gun Metal Gray craft wire for glasses, and Premo clay in brown, black, ecru and silver for the guitar. I also used some brown ribbon for the guitar strap.

I taught myself a great way to make eye glasses. I used a dowel to wrap the wire around and then just bent the sides to form the arms. They turned out just right and I only used a small, single piece of craft wire. This was sooooooo much fun to make!!!

My plan is to make Frankenstein next, and I just ordered more supplies for him!

Thanks for your fantastic store and products!”

Nori Bucci, New York
More of Nori’s work at noribuci.com

The Wacky & Original Creations of Kristy Zgoda

needle felted and polymer doll miss peeps and lambie  by Kristy Zgoda

MISS PEEPS & LAMBIE PIE

 Kristy Zgoda began felting sometime in 2013 when her good friend, Sandy Edwards, phoned her in the Spring of that year sharing that she had just started felting. Sandy encouraged Kristy to “to take the plunge!”

Kristy has a bit of a logistical challenge in that her husband is allergic to the wool – so she actually felts outside of the house.
But he is supportive and helped her get her etsy site up and running.

When asked what she enjoys most about felting, Kristy exclaims, “How about EVERYTHING!? The smell, texture, colors.
I’m a sculptor by trade and the wool is just so versatile and forgiving. Plus, I adore soft dolls and mixed media.
Adding the skinny polymer clay legs to the dolls just pulled everything together perfectly!

KRISTY ZGODA  OLD FART OLD MAN DOLL AND DOG

We always love to learn where artists get their inspiration…and what fun to hear Kristy’s response!
“Whacky humans are my inspiration. I have always been very shy and more of a people watcher than a “‘joiner’. …and thank goodness for Wal~Mart! There is a never ending parade of ‘free spirits’ a.ka.a kooks in and out of their doors 24/7. I watch in fascinations, many times having to be reminded by my husband to close my mouth and keep shopping! I always imagine what their stories are, too….so now, each of my dolls have their own stories that grow as I sculpt them.”  

Kristy began her artistic pursuits in fine arts…portraiture of people and their pets…she prefers illustrating to painting and says that sculpting has always came easiest to her. In 1992 Kristy designed a line of dog themed jewelry and that has been her main focus for quite some time.
“The dolls are something new for me…and so far my absolute favorite thing to play with.”

What encouraging words does Kristy have for others just getting started?
“Jump in, the water’s fine! It’s an easy and affordable hobby.
No chemicals and it’s ‘older-kid-friendly’i.e. needles are very sharp….and there are easy to follow videos on line.
You don’t need much to get started and can make wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts.
My 3 boys were never interested in art and when the youngest saw my dolls he sat down and made a great Santa ornament in an hour.”

You can see more of Kristy’s creations on etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kristyz

Kristy is using Living Felt MC-1 Felting batts on her dolls.