Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Red Crested Cardinal

Red Crested Cardinal by Diana Matusik Densmore featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

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
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Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Eastern Screech Owl

Felted Eastern Screech Owl by Sonja Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

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.”

Felted Eastern Screech Owl by Sonja Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

CW-1 Core wool, MC-1 batt in browns and greys, Living Felt corriedale wool

Sonja Weeks-Oswalt, Tennessee
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Wonderful Needle Felted Angel of Light

Angel of Light by Barb Sackel featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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.

Angel of Light by Barb Sackel featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

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……”

Lovely Felted Virgin Mary

Felted Virgin Mary by Kimberly Pulli featured on www.livingfelt.com/blogMother Mary, Kimberly Pulli, Pennsylvania

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.

Kimberly Pulli of Pulli’s Woollies is fast becoming known for her incredible art work purses featuring unique and beautiful faces of women. This lovely Virgin Mary is on a purse that was a gift for her Mother-in-Law. Kimberly wet felts the purse and uses it as a canvas. Her process includes both wet felting and needle felting in stages.

She uses Living Felt MC-1 Batts, Merino Tops, Luster Fibers, Silk Fabrics and other fibers for her textural art works.

We are very excited that Kimberly will come teach a class at Living Felt this summer.

Felting Faces Class with Kimberly Pulli featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We still have space in her 3-day class in July. It is going to be fun!

Amazing Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

A Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona
– by Debra Bosio Riley, Michigan

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.

First, Debra posted this amazing piece in our facebook group and blew us all away. Lots of questions were asked, and below we have included snippets of her responses to the community. She shared that most of her fibers were from Living Felt MC-1 Batts — and some of the facial colors she dyed with kool-aid. She drew the outlines for the art free-hand. She was very generous to show the work in different stages and share that the detail and shading comes in layers.

“Mostly wool needle felted, just a bit of buttercup silk embroidery thread for the crown, and other embellishments. Finished this last week. I did this to teach myself… It’s done after a detail of Sandro Boticcelli’s Madona el Magnificant.

I took a square of white silk fabric and placed it over a similar size piece of 1/8″ thick white wool felt. These I pinned onto a foam felting block, then I drew the image onto the silk with a felt tipped pen.

I stabbed all of it. I called it painting because that’s the only way I could describe it. I’m fairly new to needle felting, and this is all needle felted.

… I’m a beginner really, though I have spent my life as a painter. Here is a photo of a few layers as I went. I drew the image on silk backed by white wool felt. It may help you get an idea of how I did this. Layers, lots of layers.”

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Fun Fine Felted Hat

Felted Hat by Sue Ranbarger featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This is a fine and FUN HAT — we love the shape and design.

“This hat was made using Living Felt medium hat block and the extension. Living Felt Black Onyx MC -1 Batt with alpaca sandwiched in between layers. It was wet felted then more batt was needle felted over top which added strength and a finished look. The hat band was left over felting and Lincoln Locks are the embellishment.

Thank you for supplies and knowledge you provide.”

Sue Ranbarger, Michigan

Felted St. Nick Sculpture

Felted Santa Claus by Caprice Willert featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This St. Nick is sure to be a family heirloom to be treasured.

“I love old St. Nicks. He is my first large sculpture. I used [19] Micron Red prefelt for his coat. Also Corriedale wool in red. MC-1 Merino cross batt in pale peach for his face and hands. White locks for his hair, beard and trim.”

Happy Holidays,
Caprice Willert, California