Further Felting Adventures

I’m continuing down the path of my new obsession – needle felting.

After my idiosyncratic hare which was my first attempt at a beastie……

……..I thought I’d have a go at 2D needle felting.Ā  In other words, making a picture using wool tops and a felting needle.

For my first attempt I copied the ouline of an illustration from a card I’d sent to Mr. Tialys at one time on to some linen. Then filled it in with needle felting.

I really like the texture you can achieve.

Then I went back to the 3D sculpture stuff and made a fox.

He has rather a high forehead – probably a very brainy fox – but, overall, I’m quite pleased with my second animal sculpture.

Here he is again resting in some monster-sized faux lavender.Ā  I need to learn how to tame unruly whiskers.

I stretched my 2D picture in a hoop just to display on the blog but I’ll be keeping my early (flat) attempts in some sort of portfolio file in order to track my progress.

Although I think this would work quite well, with a little felted heart between them, as a Valentine’s card.

I’m not sure yet, whether I prefer making the 3D needle felted sculptures or the 2D needle felted pictures but it’s early days yet and for the moment I will carry on with both until I make a decision or, more likely, continue with both sorts.

Next, I’m going to have a go at a dog sculpture – I think I could adapt the shape of the fox to represent one of my dogs.

Also, I’m going to try to needle felt a picture of my other dog for which I’m going to follow a live Facebook tutorial.

At this rate, I see felted gifts for friends and rellies in the future – which will make a change from blankets and quilts I suppose.

But, first, we’ll see if I can make anything worth giving.

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  1. #1 by thecontentedcrafter on January 31, 2020 - 08:37

    I really like your 3D animals – you seem to have a natural talent to make them wonderfully quirky – which is simply my preference for any arty output šŸ™‚

    • #2 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 13:25

      There are a lot of extremely talented people making ‘anatomically correct’ animals that I don’t think I could ever compete with so maybe I’ll stick with quirky whether it’s intentional or not šŸ˜‰

  2. #3 by knettycraft on January 31, 2020 - 11:17

    This is so cute! I like both variations…

    • #4 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 13:27

      Thank you. I tried a much more complicated 2D picture yesterday which is still a work in progress but I’m hoping to be able to show and tell after a few (hundred) tweaks.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on January 31, 2020 - 11:53

    I might have to commission a felted black greyhound, just to set you a real challenge…. Both your hare and fox have a similar eccentric flair, very distinct personalities to them both. Love it!

    • #6 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 13:28

      Don’t think I haven’t considered it. If I ever get good enough, you can be my first felted dog recipient – after myself of course.

      • #7 by katechiconi on January 31, 2020 - 14:06

        Oooh, so exciting! I will have to keep it away from Mouse, who will want to shake it to death and ‘kill’ it. And I can provide an endless quantity of source photos, of course…

      • #8 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 16:35

        Apparently, felted creatures are very coveted by real creatures and you have to keep them out of their way. I don’t know why that is – possibly the woolly smell….

      • #9 by katechiconi on January 31, 2020 - 21:29

        That would make sense. They have to smell better to sharp-nosed creatures than the chemical pong of man-made fibres.

  4. #10 by nanacathy2 on January 31, 2020 - 15:01

    Well I would love your Mr Fox as a gift so I reckon your friends and family will too if they have a soul. I love his whiskers, and have to ask what you use. I got out my wool and needlefelting things the other day, then put them back quickly, too much else going on, but later in the year…. Can’t wait to see what you make next.

    • #11 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 16:42

      The whiskers are made with a length of something that feels a little like fishing line. This came with the kit but I’m not that keen as it is a bit springy and hard to ‘pose’as well as not looking particularly natural. I understand that horse hair – from mane or tail – is good and, if you can get hold of miniature horse hair that’s even better for the smaller sculptures. I do have a horsey friend here so, next time we arrange a meet up, I’m going to ask her to sneak up on her horses and pull a few hairs out for me. šŸ“

  5. #12 by Laurie Graves on January 31, 2020 - 15:41

    I LOVE that fox. Quirky, yes, but also full of life. He looks as though he is ready to spring into action. Can’t wait to see what you make next.

    • #13 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 16:45

      I think I’m going to try a dog. I have a little hand-made mohair fox terrier who is mounted on vintage Meccano wheels and can be pulled along like those old toys and I might use him as a model before I embark on trying to copy a real live dog.

      • #14 by Laurie Graves on February 1, 2020 - 17:24

        Can’t wait to see that little dog!

      • #15 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:44

        I’ve just completed a 2D hamster – as you do – but not 100% sure he’d be recognisable as such if you didn’t know. Still, in the interests of full disclosure, I’ll probably put a photo up of him on my next needle felting update.

      • #16 by Laurie Graves on February 3, 2020 - 20:22

        Yay!!!!

  6. #17 by claire93 on January 31, 2020 - 16:28

    ooooh you’re really getting the hang of this felting lark, aren’t you! lovely fox!

    • #18 by tialys on January 31, 2020 - 16:46

      I’m enjoying myself immensely. šŸ˜

  7. #19 by Lindashee on January 31, 2020 - 18:25

    Those are very cute – I kind of like that the fox has really long ears, almost like a fox/hare hybrid, happy accident !

    • #20 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:47

      Well, the hare I made first had ears Dumbo would be proud of so they’re getting smaller.

  8. #21 by magpiesue on January 31, 2020 - 19:51

    I love the personality your critters have. I prefer personality over anatomically correct. I can appreciate that you want to get them to turn out according to the vision you have for them in your head though. šŸ™‚

    • #22 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:46

      It would be nice if I could get anatomically correct creatures with personality! I’m a work in progress.

  9. #23 by kathyreeves on February 1, 2020 - 04:30

    I couldn’t choose between the 2D and 3D, I love them both. Today it is the dos, tomorrow who knows?

    • #24 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:44

      Well, today was a hamster.šŸ¹

      • #25 by kathyreeves on February 4, 2020 - 03:24

        Oh I can’t wait!!!!!!

  10. #26 by Kim on February 2, 2020 - 17:59

    They’re all lovely – and so much personality! šŸ˜

    • #27 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:42

      Thanks Kim. My aim is to get better but try to keep the personality. šŸ˜‰

  11. #28 by Steph on February 3, 2020 - 08:02

    Love them, especially the dogs! They look like great characters in a very interesting conversation!

    • #29 by tialys on February 3, 2020 - 18:41

      Thank you. I’m going to try felting a real dog picture later this week which probably won’t be so forgiving.

  12. #30 by DawnGillDesigns on February 3, 2020 - 23:20

    I think you may have nailed it. They look wonderfully characterful. Could you adjust the bend on the whiskers in the same way one curls gift ribbon, perhaps? If you really don’t like them being so wayward šŸ˜‰

    • #31 by tialys on February 4, 2020 - 09:10

      I made the mistake of cutting the whiskers to length before insertion so they were a bit fiddlier to deal with than need be. Next time, if I use this wiry stuff again, I’ll thread a longer piece through – mess with it, perhaps doing as you suggest might work – then cut it. However, I am going to ask my horsey friend if she can give me some hairs from her horses’ manes and tails as these apparently make very good beastie whiskers.

  13. #32 by Lynda on February 7, 2020 - 23:27

    “Iā€™m not sure yet, whether I prefer making the 3D needle felted sculptures or the 2D needle felted pictures…”

    I like them both!

    • #33 by tialys on February 8, 2020 - 08:56

      Well, I’ve just signed up for a comprehensive online workshop to learn how to do super duper dog portraits (2D ones) so I expect that’s what I’ll be concentrating on for the moment.

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