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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. 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. 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.
I thought I’d let you know how my needle felting journey is progressing.
I know his ears are super long but it was me putting my own spin on the kit.
A back view to show off his tail.
I really enjoy the way you have to sculpt the wool to get the shape you want.
I like to think I’m making some progress since my first efforts.
Still far from perfection but I’m quite proud of him and there’s enough wool left in the kit to make another one .
As for this needle felting lark – I think I’m probably a goner.
Regular readers will know that I like to say ‘never say never’ about certain things although one ‘never’ that won’t change is that I will never voluntarily go on a sea cruise.
Obviously crafts are a different matter because, having very briefly tried needle felting once, I’m pretty sure I wrote it off as something that didn’t appeal to me and said ‘never again’. I do like some of the things you can create with it – particularly animal sculptures – but I was a bit ‘meh’ about the actual doing of it.
However, when my daughters were over here at Christmas, Mlle. Tialys the Younger said she wanted to try felting. She had done some wet felting at a workshop so she’d bought a kit to make small cat figures which she brought over to France with her so we could do some together. Having wet and soaped and wet and soaped some more, I’m going to stick my neck out and say I’m ‘never’ going down that damp and tedious road again – although I haven’t totally given up the idea of felting a bar of soap because – well, why wouldn’t you want a bar of felted soap?
So, I unearthed my very small supply of needle felting stuff I’d bought to try out that craft several years ago.
One thing that definitely does appeal about this craft is the relatively small amount of tools you need and the small amount of space to practice it. I really don’t need any more bulky supplies around at the moment as I have enough fabric, yarn, sewing machines, etc. to sink a ship as it is. Also, I think it could be fairly eco friendly as you can buy lovely British breed wool tops and I even noticed one shop selling ‘vegetarian’ wool as it comes from a farm where the sheep are kept almost as pets and never, ever sold for meat.
I must admit to not being particularly enthused about the projects available in the book I had so I scoured the internet for beginner videos and more information. I’ve ordered a kit from this U.K. shop which has lots of information and video tutorials on their blog. I am hoping, when the kit arrives, and I have had a bit more practice, to make a little hare.
In the meantime the Younger and I decided to make something round with a couple of features just to get into the swing of things and I show you my first attempts in the sure and certain belief you will not be overly impressed.
After Mlle. T. the Younger returned to the U.K., I followed another video tutorial on YouTube for a mushroom.
I played around with adding features like the spots on the cap and grass growing around the stalk so it was good practice.
I think I might be addicted and things can only improve although it might be some time before I’m being commissioned to replicate people’s dogs and cats in felt like this Japanese artist known as Wakuneko
I think I’ll aim for something a little more achievable for the moment.
Watch this space.