Entries in needle felting (14)
Some progress on Cernunnos again. He's got most of a body now. The bulk of the body is wool needle felted over the wrapped wire armature. I think he looks so much better now than he did as a bare armature! Because he will be wearing somewhat bulky clothing, I don't need his body to be super detailed. I just need all the parts to be in roughly the right place, to fill out the clothing in a believable fashion. There's still a lot of hard sculpting left to do (hands, antlers, ears, neck), but I felt like changing gears for a while and this is what I accomplished.
I also had Brian take a photo of me working on him, to show the scale. This is probably the biggest art doll I've ever made. Most of them tend to top out around 18" to 20" tall or so. If Cernunnos was standing up straight, he'd be over 30" tall.
He's done! This year's Santa Cthulhu is finished and posted for sale in the Etsy shop. If you haven't been following along, here's the story ...
In 2007, Brian and I made our first needle felted Santa Cthulhu around Christmastime. It was so much fun we had to make another in 2008, and again in 2009. In 2010 I branched away a bit and made an epoxy clay Cthulhu Elf on my lonesome, but it just wasn't the same. The needle felted ones are much more fun. And it's always better when Brian and I get to work on a project together!
Last year we started another felt Santa Cthulhu, but then Brian was in a tragic garage accident that left him with a broken hand. With him being unable to felt, we put last year's Santa on hold. We dug it out again this year and now Santa's finally done! This is our 4th needle felted Santa Cthulhu. He's got a fireplace, stockings, a plate of cookies, a dead trout and a live moray eel to leave as stocking stuffers ... all needle felted from wool. See the Etsy listing or the page in the Thirdroar gallery for more details, meanwhile I'll just post a heap of photos here!
For anyone local!
Learn how to make needle felted pumpkins with Amy Rawson and Brian East! Open to beginners and advanced students alike.
Sessions will be held Wednesday evenings in October at the Philip Read Memorial Library in Plainfield. You may attend as many sessions as you like. The first session you attend will cost $30 and will include supplies. Any subsequent sessions you attend will cost only $10 each.
October 3, 7:00 pm
October 10, 7:00 pm
October 17, 7:00 pm
October 24, 7:00 pm
Needle felting is a time consuming craft! Please expect to attend at least two sessions to complete a pumpkin. A sample pumpkin is on display at the library, and you can see many examples of felted items made by Amy and Brian here.
You may also bring your own ideas and felt projects to work on during these classes. Needle felting is a versatile medium; Brian and Amy are happy to help you with your own creations! Call the library at 603-675-6866 to reserve space in a session.
Needle felting is a popular craft these days. It's easy to learn, easy to do, and the sculptural possibilities are limited only by your imagination. I love discovering artists working with needle felting in different ways. I just stumbled across Zoe Williams' blog with her fascinating framed creatures. Digging back through her blog, it looks like she incorporates polymer clay parts, beads, and all sorts of other items into her needle felting. Wonderful and delightfully odd!
We finished another one! Brian and I have been digging through that big box of half-finished felties and this was one we've been meaning to complete for a long time. I think Brian started working on it in 2009 and then it sat neglected for quite some time. But it's complete now! We're pleased with it. Since we've felted several larger bunnies, the March Hare was an obvious choice for us. We even felted his little dormouse friend for him, too. I've just posted him for sale on Etsy! You can see more photos there or here in the gallery.
Here's another figure we finished for the library display case. Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you not to go swimming after eating? I never understood why. What would happen? Would I turn into a gremlin? This giraffe doesn't know either, but his mom told him the same thing. He really wants to swim, he's got his yellow duckie inner tube and his swim fins on, but he has to wait at least a half an hour before he can go in the water. So, he sits. He's available for sale on Etsy!
Brian and I were asked to fill a glass display case at the local library with some of our needle felted works. In the studio there is a very large box full of felted body parts, half-finished projects, and random bits of wool. We dug the box out and sorted through it, choosing several items to polish off before the display was due to go up. The library is hosting a needle felting class soon (not one of ours, someone else is teaching it). I'm not exactly sure how the sleepy little town of Plainfield is likely to respond to this particular piece, but it's one that has been languishing in that box in the studio for over two years. It's about time we got it done. Allow me to present the Baby Cthulhu, complete with his own earth-shaped binky! He's for sale, too, see more pics over in his Etsy listing.
Brian and I were asked to come up with an assortment of needle felted items to go in a display case at the local library, so we've been spending some of our free time felting critters. Here's a work-in-progress pic of a giraffe we've nearly finished. He just needs a few little things. You know, like eyes.