Thursday
Aug142014

Brian's Hawk

This one is mostly Brian's creation. Normally, his willow sculptures are huge. 8' tall scarecrows, 25' long sea serpents, and life sized moose - that's just Brian. This time he thought he'd see if he could work willow on a much smaller scale. This fellow is about the size you'd expect for a red tailed hawk, sitting about 20" tall. Brian did all of the willow work, I just helped with the other parts (eyes, talons, beak). We got it done just in time to enter it in the Cornish Fair!

Sunday
Aug102014

The Plufo

I've been working on a bunch of little needle felted creatures lately. The idea behind them is that they are amorphous beasties that don't really have an identity until they pick a mask. Once they put on a mask, then they can take a shape. I want to make a whole bunch of them, because I have many ideas! So far I just have the three, but that's enough for me to share them with you. I must thank my friend, Misty Babcock, for giving them a collective name. I had no idea what to call them. Misty initially suggested 'Pluffo' which Brian then modified to 'Plufo' and I just liked it. So, Plufo they are!

This is Benk. He was the very first Plufo.

They are each between three and four inches tall, needle felted of wool. Their masks are epoxy clay painted with acrylic.

This is Tor. He'd like a carrot. Now.

This is Spec. He's not really sure what he's afraid of, but he's ready to run away just in case.They'll be for sale in the Etsy shop, and you can see photos with more angles of each of them there.

Sunday
Jul062014

Splish Splash

Just having some fun with the ducks today. :)

Saturday
Apr192014

Brian's Shadow

Poultry update from the mini-farm! I set a few turkey eggs back in late February. It was not a good hatch, we wound up with one lonely turkey poult. We named him Laredo. He imprinted on us immediately, since he had nothing else to call momma. Because Brian was home more often than I was in those first few days, the little turkey really latched on to him. Laredo is about a month old now, and feathered enough to leave the brooder for short periods. He follows Brian EVERYWHERE. I took some video of them together yesterday, it's pretty darn cute.

Monday
Feb242014

Public Poultry Shaming

Yeah, we had to do this. Disclaimer: No animals were harmed the creation of these images. Honestly. They can't even read. ;)

If you feel like shaming any of your own birds, I'd be happy to add them here! Use the 'contact' button in the menu above to drop me a note, and I'll email you back how to send in your photos. :)

Sophie, the Salmon Faverolle hen.

Ptaffy, the Midget White turkey hen.

Turkish, the Midget White turkey tom.

Agnes, the Dominique hen.

Reuben, the Dominque rooster.

Here are some photos people have sent to me of their own poultry, confessing their sins for your amusement. :)

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Needle Felting Classes

I've finally finished editing and posting several of my needle felting classes for sale on Etsy as PDF downloads. Click on the images below to go to the class listing for that project.

Baby Dragons Class

Bunnies Class

Easter Eggs Class

Chicks Class

Pumpkin Faces Class

Monday
Dec092013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Final!

It's done! At last! Santa Cthulhu 2013 is complete. If you haven't been following along, this is now the fifth not-quite-annual needle felted Santa Cthulhu extravaganza for us. You can see previous years' projects in the Felt Gallery. This one took a while, Brian and I started working on it back in mid-October. Santa Cthulhu sits in his Octi-Sleigh, ready to deliver his bag full of squirmy presents to children all over the world. A shoggoth pulls Santa and his sleigh; why bother with eight tiny reindeer when one protoplasmic behemoth will do? Keep scrolling for far too many photos ...

 The bag of presents appears to be made of fishing net. It erupts with assorted tentacles, and a single giant crab claw.

Santa is needle felted entirely from wool. Oddly, this is the first year we've given the Santa Cthulhu wings. I have no real reason for that. In previous years I think we just got close to the finish line and thought, "Wings? Nah, that'd be more work ..."

The shoggoth is a writhing, amoeba-like mass of needle felted pustules, eyes, appendages and teeth. A shoggoth is a constantly changing creature. As such, it's somewhat difficult to put a yoke or harness on it. Santa just hitches his sleigh up to a large metal ring that he has to trust the shoggoth to keep incorporated into its fluctuating body. Chains hitch the shoggoth's ring to the sleigh, and Santa holds leather straps as reins. The eyes are glass cabochons that we painted specifically for the shoggoth. The teeth are epoxy clay.

 

The Octi-Sleigh is a substantial sculpture I made specifically for this project. It has a wire armature covered with nearly 4 lbs of epoxy clay. It is painted with acrylics, and I'd just like to point out that this was my very first attempt at painting with an airbrush! If you look back at the last several journal entries, you can see lots of work-in-progress photos of the sleigh.

Lovecraft's shoggoths are described as iridescent. For fun, we went with fluorescent. If you have a blacklight handy, the shoggoth (and even Santa) will glow!

 

Santa sits about 11" tall. The sleigh is 13" long and 7" tall. The shoggoth is about 8" tall and 11" long. And just to help, I took a photo with my hand in the shot, to demonstrate how big these figures are.

Monday
Dec022013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa In His Sleigh

Sleigh is painted! My first ever attempt at using an airbrush.

Here's Santa (or what I have done of him so far) in the sleigh.

Sunday
Dec012013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh (nearly done!)

I finished sculpting the sleigh. Whew. Next up is painting!

We're a little behind this year, we usually try to get the Santa Cthulhu done by the start of December. Eeek.

I had to clean my desk off for the next stage of the project. It was getting out of hand. I found stuff I haven't seen in ages. I don't think this desk has been this clean since we moved in!

Monday
Nov252013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh (again)

I'm almost done sculpting the sleigh, whew it was a lot of texture work. I had Brian take a photo with my hands in there for scale, so you can get an idea of how big the full scene is going to be.

I've also started the Santa. Here's what I have so far, he's sat on the end table in the living room because I tend to needle felt while sitting on the couch under lots of blankets, and not in my studio.

When I AM in my studio, however, Cloudy sits on a perch behind me and keeps me on task. She's a good helper-bird.