What a thrill it was for this to pop up on our Instagram feed!
A huge congratulations to Jeanine Eckert of Eckert Craft Company for her awesome needle felted doll of Ellen Degeneres!
Andrea Arnoldy of New Hampshire shared her VERY FIRST needle felted doll on our facebook page last week…WOW!”This is my first felted dolly! I only started felting two months ago, so she was a lot of fun.
Made with core wool and then colors from cross batts from LF [Living Felt].
Wire armature only in arms and legs.”
Andrea clothed the doll by needle felting thin sheets of MC-1 Wool
and pressing it with an iron. She added the embellishments to the dress
before putting it on the doll and felting it in place.
Kathleen always puts thought and energy into the
tiny details of her work; her care radiates in the grace of
this lovely piece. Visit the blog for more pics (including back)
“Angela” is 14” tall, and is made of wool from our local area
along with wool from Living Felt. Notice her beautiful hair!
That’s Sun Dyed Premium Mohair Locks in Sun Blossom.
And I love the Merino-Cross Fast Felting Batts for achieving
a smooth (and effortless) effect on the wings and the front of the skirt. For the larger areas,
I started with the Clover felting tools; the skirt was then wet felted with the assistance
of LF’s mesh netting and olive oil soap (nice on the hands!).
“Angela” is made over a wire armature, and is finished with hand beading, a vintage rosary,
and a vintage button at the back waist of the skirt. To keep her upright on the treetop,
I made a cone from a flexible cutting board, and covered it with recycled wool felt
in purple to match her overskirt. Notice the crinoline peeking out from under her skirt!
… I love looking at all the work of fellow felters.”
– Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven Coupville, WA
As Felted Portraits Week comes to a close, we have a very special needle felted sculpture to share with you ~ Miss Ruby,
a needle felted life-size doll by the late Claudia Everett.
Early this year, we received a call from Jim Everett > he was on a mission to share the work of his beloved and talented wife who had recently passed away. Claudia was a member of our extended felting community, and she loved reading our weekly newsletters and seeing the inspiring works shared by so many of our friends.
It was really important to Jim that the community also see the work of Claudia,
he spoke so lovingly of Claudia, her talent, and her passion for her art; he knew we would all appreciate it so much.
We promised to find just the perfect time to share it, and none better than the climax of Felted Portraits Week.
Work in progress photos are courtesy Jim Everett, finished pictures of Miss Ruby are courtesy of Nancy Thompson @ Smoky Mountain Spinnery in Gaitlinberg, TN — the proud owner of the Miss Ruby sculpture. You can see her on display at the shop
Melinda Cunningham of Lexington, SC, needle felted these sweet and beautiful Mother Earth Dolls with such tenderness and detail. Thank you Melinda! She is truly a vision!
“ [This is] a Mother Earth Doll I created using Living Felt Wool and Armatures (I have created an 8″ one and a 4″ one).
After twisting armatures into a sitting figure shape, I needle felted the wool around it.”
Melinda Cunningham ~ Lexington, SC
She is focusing on her ceramic art now, but lots of treasures to shop!
~ Nature’s Adornments
Jennifer Schermerhorn shared with us her beautiful mixed media doll entitled, AMELIA.
We love her delicate features and her cool yet feminine style.
Jennifer owns a yarn shop in small town outside of Topeka, KS called The Wicked Stitch…
don’t let the name fool you, everything about seems sweet, warm and welcoming!
They even boast to have the World’s Largest Ball of Left Over Yarn,
which as of this posting was just larger than a basketball.
If you are in their area, or passing through, stop in for a visit…and bring some yarn
to add to the ball, and enjoy some knitting, spinning, crochet or felting time with Jennifer!
Erin Doyle of Massachusetts Wins a $25 Gift Certificate to LivingFelt.com!
“I just made my second art doll – a witch! – using the techniques I learned from your art doll kit. All of the felting wool I bought from you. I used a Styrofoam cone as the body/base and covered it in moss. The clothing (except for the hat), I wet felted. The face and hat are needle felted.
Can’t wait to try a santa next!” – Erin Doyle