Monday, November 26, 2007
Here is my latest character to leap off my felting pad. His name is Cheider and he is the largest I have made so far. He stands about 20" tall to the tip of his hat. He is made of 100% wool with no wire armature. I wet felted his hat and it is removable. Make sure to watch the video to see him in action.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I just can't help it - these two crazy kids just showed up on my felting pad. I do find it unusual how this old man bears an uncanny resemblance to my late father. I didn't mean for there to be any resemblance but it is striking. My four year old niece who only remembers him from pictures took one look at this guy and said - "Oh - that's my Grandpa Vern" I know it would just crack my dad up so the name stuck!
Dad had a great sense of humor and would love the fact that he gets to wear Superman Underoos.
I really don't have any plans when I start needle felting a doll. Funny things always happen which might explain my addiction to this craft.
I made a little video show of Grandpa Vern and his gal enjoying a little music. (Music is "Boogie" by John Hartford)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This is Cookie! She knows that a curve is the sexiest distance between two points and she is proud of her voluptuous figure. From a Yiddish word meaning ripe and juicy, Zaftig has come to be understood as pleasantly plump.
Cookie is needle felted out of 100% wool. She is very soft and is fun to pose. Her gorgeous red hair is from dyed curly wool.
Cookie dropped something!!
I created Cookie using soft sculpture techniques that I learned from Birgitte Krag Hansen. She is not totally complete yet as I have to do much needling to create a less fuzzy skin. I just had to share her because she makes me laugh! When I get her done I will post a video of Cookie in motion!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Birgitte is on the porch and that's Penny Wakefield, her host from the Fairbanks Spinners and Weavers Guild.
There wasn't even running water - we had to use the outhouse out back!
We had so much fun learning how to make these funny little theatre figures! The little guy I made is in the video below. His name is Kleebus. He only has one hand (and that is at the end of his neck/body) but really, he needs no more! He is fun to play with and kids absolutely love him. Birgitte taught us how to work the wool so that the characters come to life. I hope you enjoy the video of Kleebus as he hams it up for the camera! Sorry about the backgroud noise - its one of my big dogs having a big drink of water!
This is Hailey! (My 4 year old niece is in charge of naming my creations)
I made her in the 3 day workshop I took in Fairbanks with Birgitte. This was so intense and I learned so much. Luckily, I took a flight up there because the 6 hour drive each way would have kicked my butt.
The workshop was called "Figures in Motion" and I had the idea that mine would be sunbathing. The end result was more like she was flying!
The last pictures were taken during the workshops - Birgitte's Workstation is quite interesting. I love the one of the family of characters that were made in the class. There were some fun and talented people there!