“This was made with your New Zealand Corriedale Wool- African Safari and a package of 38 spiral needles. Since I am a beginner it was heartening to find that your advertising lead me to the perfect products to make this little turtle. The upper and lower shells, legs, head and tail were all made separately and needle felted together. The package has a lovely combination of great colors. I couldn’t be happier.”
– Alma Petry, Illinois
Barbara used CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Willow for this awesome, life-sized Lemur commission!
“I was surprised that large was substantially harder than small — the armature was so elongated that it bounced around a lot!”
Barbara Attwell, Texas
“Dear Living Felt, wanted to show you some more of my ‘critters,’ and thank you for the beautiful felt, and your wonderful inspiration, and encouragement!”
– Lynda Shure, Massachusetts
“This little bunny purse was surface needle felted freehand. All of my felting supplies are from Living Felt. I love everything about your company.”
– Janet Ludin, Washington State
“I needle felted this turtle for my niece as a Christmas gift. I love felting with my Living Felt supplies! I used colors from my order of Scenic Vista and some other colors I had ordered from you, thank you for always encouraging creativity and happiness to your customers!!”
– Tiffany Gulledge, Arkansas
“This is my latest entry in an art competition at a gallery where I live. I was struggling to get the exact color for the body of the fawn, and a friend sent me a color they thought would be perfect. Well, as it turns out, it was of course from Living Felt. It was a color called camel, from your NZ Corriedale collection.
Entirely needle felted, the Corriedale camel was exactly the color I was looking for to re-create a Pennsylvania white-tailed fawn. I used your MC-2 bright white was the under color of the body, and Shire was used for the ferns. Oh the moss, it is silk boucle embroidery floss over a needle felted circle of Olive cross felt batts. I had to purchase more of the camel for yet a second fawn I must make at the request of a friend. Hope you’re fond of my fawn.”
Jackie Felix, Pennsylvania
Julie Christensen King is an avid needle felter, and gave herself a challenge to needle felt a realistic life-sized hare.
She did a brilliant job! Needle Felted with Living Felt MC-1 felting batts in our earth tones. (Cinnamon brown, Dark Brown, Espresso Bean, etc.)
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
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
Shelly Schwartz of Michigan has always loved giraffes and has sculpted them many times from clay,
but she only recently discovered needle felting on Etsy and started felting animals just a few months ago.
Shelly shares, “This giraffe is the fifth animal I needle felted, from the supplies I purchased from Living Felt. I would like to make a tiger someday, but the spots on the giraffe took so long to do that it may be a while before I get inspired for another spotted or striped animal.”
The giraffe was sculpted over a wire armature with MC-1 Felting Batts in: Natural Cotton, Winter Grey and Black Onyx. Her spots are NZ Corriedale Toffee and her tail has black Tibetan Lamb’s wool. She is a little over 12 inches tall.
Shelley generously shared some tips on how she used the long fibers of NZ Corriedale to make such tiny spots:
“I pulled off small amounts and rolled them into a ball, tucking in the loose fibers as I rolled them, then tacked them on with either a 38 star [felting] needle and 40 triangle depending on the size of the spots. Then I used the pink pen tool to tighten them down and smooth them better. For the mane, I only cut the fibers after I attached the mane to her neck.”
“I love needle felting and Living Felt has made things so easy to get started and has all of the supplies and colors that I need to bring my critters to life. Thank you for inspiring me every week through your emails.” ~ Shelly
Follow Shelly on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rainabedaina/
This remarkable needle felted road runner comes to us from Michelle Leibgott-Osinga. He is 3/4 size and completely poseable, making it possible to put him in realistic stances. We are hosting workshop for needle felting a bird this week — and this great needle felted sculpture is a perfect kick-off!
He has a steel wire armature, the legs are wire and wrapped with embroidery floss, and the claws are made from sculpting resin that has been painted. Michelle used four different colors of wool in the feathers to express the iridescence these birds have in their tail feathers.
Michelle is working on needle felting more animals of the southwest … we are looking forward to seeing what she felts up next!
See more great needle felted animals by Michelle: