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.
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.
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
What a realistic little robin!
“Two more wool paintings. A monarch butterfly and a robin. There’s a robin’s nest in the tree right outside my door that I’ve enjoyed watching. I just started needle felting earlier this month but it’s safe to say I love it! … These were made with Living Felt MC-1“.
– Sarah Ann Jump, Indiana
We love this bright and colorful needle felted quail by Marion Van Zonneveld
in the Netherlands…he has so much personality!
“I made this quail for someone who adores them. I had a lot of fun felting him.
He was made with an armature of pipecleaners, covered with local sheep wool.
I used lovely soft merino wool, in bright colours. He turned out so sweet, I love him!
He looks around with his realistic looking eyes
and seems to be proud of his funny head feather.”
-Marion Van Zonneveld, Netherlands
Sheryl Smith of California has been felting with us for many years now! We always enjoy seeing what she
is felting! This little beauty was felted with colors from the MC-1 Monochrome Studio Pack.
One of our color models for this pack was made by Sheryl…how fun!
This realistic looking quail was needle felted by Sara Koelsch as a present for a friend who has quails on their property.
She started with a wire armature base and needle felted around it using our Living Felt Merino Cross Batting. Sara also made the talons, beak and eyes out of polymer clay.
We think Sara did a fantastic job on this quail! He looks so life-like that he may just run off on his own adventure. 🙂
These beautiful life-sized birds were needle felted by Susan Beal of Vermont!
This loon is 23 inches long from beak to tail and made in part with Living Felt Black Onyx.
“We have kestrels nesting on our barns each summer and I have always admired these smallest of falcons.” Susan needle feted this kestrel using Living Felt Needles sizes 36 and 38 and a felting foam.
Susan learned to use wool with her Mother-In-Law, who just passed recently. “I wanted to find a way to honor her memory as well as all the love embodied in the wool I now have, and needle felting was exactly the right way to do that. I have always loved birds, so it seemed natural to focus on them.”
If you would like to see more of Susan’s creations, visit her etsy shop here!
Leedra Scott creates wonderful art on her custom knit purses with freehand needle felting. This lovely purse is her design, and she shares a little more on her method for needle felting onto knit items.
” I knit my purses and [washing] machine felt. I thoroughly dry the purse before beginning any needle felting, Looking at a photograph I apply a small amount of roving and place on the purse where it looks right to me. All my designs are freehand, so I can’t even duplicate. I totally apply with the felting needles and mostly use the one needle application for the complete design. I prefer the New Zealand Corriedale roving, but do have others that I include in the designs.
I have very small amounts of roving from others usually a color picked up at a local fiber festival. I would say 95% of my roving came from Living Felt. I also have tried other needles, but don’t like them at all. They are in a box for ‘just in case’…”
Her creativity flows forth through different mediums, and you can see more from Leedra online:
and of course, her Etsty shop! :O) http://www.etsy.com/shop/leedrasheirloomgoods