Needle Felted Baby Elephants by Megan Nedds on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Delightful Needle Felted Elephant Calves!

Needle Felted Baby Elephants by Megan Nedds on www.livingfelt.com/blog

For the last few years we have delighted in sharing with you the wonderful
and realistic needle felted animals by Megan Nedds. She makes them poseable
and so alive in their expressions! These two darling baby elephants are
Tyson and Toby the African elephant calves, a recent commission
made with Living Felt MC-1 Willow.

“I love working with Living Felt’s MC-1 fast felting batts because
they are the perfect consistency for felting. They are so soft and the colors are perfect.
When I use them, I know my sculptures will turn out great!”

Megan Nedds, Ohio

Find Megan on etsy and facebook under The Woolen Wagon

Needle Felting Art is Popping Up Everywhere!

Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon in OUT HERE Magazine [from www.livingfelt.com/blog]

A big congratulations this week to Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon!
Megan is known for her highly realistic needle felted animal sculptures, and she often uses Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts in their creation.

Megan is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Out Here Magazine, available at Tractor Supply Stores
here in the U.S.A. — go on out and get one! 🙂

Megan Nedds Realistic Needle Felted Animals - Elephant from www.livingfelt.com/blog

In December of last year, Megan shared this wonderful elephant with us:
“I just finished my most recent commission, Daisy the Asian Elephant. She is needle felted over a wire armature and is about 10 inches long. I used the Willow batt.”

See more from Megan

Like her on  facebook @ The Woolen Wagon (where she often shares her  “works in progress”!)

Regal Needle Felted Cardinal

Needle felted bird cardinal by Megan Nedds on www.livingfelt.com/blog       Megan Nedds continues to wow and inspire with her realistic needle felted animals. This glorious red, felted cardinal boasts a wing span of over 13 inches! He is felted over a wire armature and was created as a commission. Be sure to check out more from Megan right here on our blog and at her etsy shop, and on facebook where Megan often posts pictures of her sculptures in progress. Interview with Megan

Needle felted hedgehog by Megan Nedds

A Peek Inside the Woolen Wagon – Needle Felting Life Like Animals with Megan Nedds

Needle Felted Emporer Penguin by Megan Nedds[ Living Felt MC-1 wool batts in Black Onyx and Storm Gray]

Megan Nedds sculpts incredibly captivating wild life through needle felting wool.
She first discovered needle felting in the summer of 2012, following her graduation from high school.
At the time of this post, she has been felting less than 2 years, which is remarkable considering her skill and craftsmanship.

Needle Felted Fawn by Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon

Megan was looking for a fun summer project before beginning college…and so it began:

I remembered a miniature cat that I had as a child, and dove into the internet to find out how it was made.
Although my childhood cat was not needle felted, my search for miniature animals led me to the amazing world of felting.

 I was intrigued, and I was determined to learn the craft. I ordered a few essential supplies and taught myself how to needle felt. Over the past year and a half, I have developed my skills through experimentation and tips from fellow felters.”

 

Needle Felted Donkey by Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon[ Liam the Donkey needle felted with Living Felt MC-1  Felting Batts in Café Au Lait, Driftwood, and Espresso Bean ]

“There are so many things I love about felting, it is so different than any other medium I have worked in.
I love that wool is a natural medium. I also love how versatile it is, it very forgiving. If a mistake is made, it can easily be fixed.
I also love how felted animal sculptures can be so interactive; when felted with a wire armature,
they can be posed and positioned, they can become animated.”

Needle Felted Mei Xiang and Rusty by Megan Nedds

Megan’s felted animals look so realistic and animated for several reasons. She felts them over wire armature to make them posable, and she constantly references photographs, diagrams of skeletons, fur patterns and anatomy for the animal she is felting.


“I am inspired by nature, animals, and life. As a children’s book illustration major in school,
I am inspired to create character and personality in my animals.“

In addition to working with wool and needle felting, Megan enjoys drawing and painting and shares
that through school she is working to develop her skills in the more traditional mediums.
She acknowledges that she can apply the techniques she learns in one medium to other mediums, including needle felting.

Needle felted hedgehog by Megan Nedds[ Stanley the Hedgehog: Stanley’s face made with NZ Corriedale Cocoa, and his nose is MC-1 Black Onyx Batt.
His quills are made from the NZ Corriedale Cocoa and MC-1 Espresso Bean Batt ]

We asked Megan to share a particularly challenging project past or present:
“Each project presents its own challenge, but if I had to choose my most challenging project, I would choose Stanley the Hedgehog. The most challenging and time consuming aspect of Stanley was trying to figure out how to create his quills. I wanted them to be thin and distinct, so I had to figure out how to keep the strands of wool from blending together and becoming fuzzy.

 

To solve this problem, I created each individual quill by hand. I rolled thin strands of wool and applied beeswax to each end of the strand. I then felted each quill to his back, so each strand became two quills. This was very time consuming, but I am happy with the way Stanley turned out.”

What’s next? Megan shares that for her next big challenge, she would like to start creating larger animals, and if she has a “dream project”, it is to needle felt a large and very detailed dragon.

Needle Felted Giraffe by Megan Nedds
[
Nellie the Giraffe: Hooves are made with MC-1 Espresso Bean batt, and the lighter spots as well as her face are the Clay Batt ]


FOR THOSE JUST GETTING STARTED, MEGAN OFFERS GUIDANCE:

“I would encourage those who are just getting started in felting to just let yourself experiment. There is no right or wrong way to go about this unique medium, and through experimenting you may find an awesome technique to use in future projects.

 The great thing about felting is that almost nothing is permanent, so you can easily fix your project if something you tried didn’t work out.  

 Needle Felted Fox by Megan Nedds

For those who would like to create felted animals specifically, I recommend thoroughly researching the animal before you begin to felt. It is important to figure out what makes each animal look like that animal. What features make them unique to any other species? Even once the project is started, it is important to always have reference photos near.

Needle Felted Elephant
[ Penelope was made with MC-1 Willow ]

I also suggest seeking out other felters, either in person or through social media. I have found that it is very inspiring to see and talk about different techniques with other felters. Also, as with any other new endeavor, practice makes perfect. I learn something new with every animal I make, and I am constantly adapting and developing my techniques.”

Megan’s etsy shop: The Woolen Wagon

Her facebook page for her felt works: The Woolen Wagon

On this page, she shares works in progress, finished creations, photo shoots of her different animals, and she states she is “happy to share what techniques I used to make each of them”.