I’ve been very distracted so far this year. I’ve been seriously studying 2D needle felting as I’ve joined a paid online course and want to do well because I’ve got plans to do portraits of both my dogs. I’ve put the 3D needle felted sculptures to one side at the moment although I’ve every intention of getting back to those once I’ve mastered the 2D stuff.
Before the course started I had a go at this snow hare. Room for improvement but doing this sort of got me hooked which is why I signed up for the dog portrait course.
I started practising noses and eyes.
I sent a photo of this one to Mr. TIalys when he was in the U.K. and he thought one of the dogs had done something on the carpet!!💩
I progressed slightly although they look weird as stand alone features don’t they?
Both my dogs are mostly black and, unfortunately, the wrong colour fibre was sent to me so I couldn’t really make a start. I did have lots of brown though so decided to follow the workshop for a Jack Russell even though I don’t have one, never have had one and don’t know anybody who has. All good practice though.
I’m counting this as a partial success as the ‘too big eye’ impacted on the rest of my markings and I made a complete mess of his chest hair but, as it was my first attempt, I’m trying to be kind to myself. I am quite proud of the nose though. Also, it does actually resemble a Jack Russell so it can’t be all bad.
So, I’m going to try to replicate this photo of Stan which was taken before he had any grey hairs but is a favourite of mine
I’ve made a start by transferring the image on to some linen and, now that my 50 shades of grey (and black) have arrived, I will try to immortalise dear Stan in felt. Of course, I didn’t think about ordering any red fibre for the bow tie did I! 🙄
My other main distraction – and reason for lack of blog posts – is the possible, well probable really, relocation back to the U.K. Nothing to do with Brexit I hasten to add. A difficult thing to achieve when our needs are many and varied including displacing multiple animals, a husband who needs commuting facilities, the need to be within a short drive of one of our daughters, the need (well, desire) for workshop space and a largish garden (very difficult to find in the South of the U.K. at a price that is achievable by people other than film stars and Lottery winners) . To say nothing of the time it takes to sell property here in comparison to the U.K. I am so sick of looking at houses on the internet and am dreading the whole thing.
On the brighter side, I’ve been doing some patchwork as the new round of F2F (foot square freestyle)has started which means, I will be making three blocks each month for the next ten months for me and the other nine participants in our chosen colours. The first up is Tracey of It’s a T-Sweets Day and she has chosen Christmas colours – red, green and Christmas pudding brown. I can’t show you the blocks I’ve made for Tracey as they are on their way to her now and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Hopefully, see you next time I take a break from the felting, foundation paper piecing and freaking out about moving.