Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Felt Alive Needle Felting Class!

Yesterday was the official launch of my new online needle felting class. It's called The Magic of Faces - Unleashing the secrets of needle felting expressive faces!

Create a unique and expressive face that is full of character and charm. These simple techniques can be repeated over and over, never making the same face twice. You will learn about basic facial anatomy and how to construct and connect the various parts of a face.

A Fab Work in Progress
The Possibilities are Endless!

Since I came out with my original Felt Alive class, I have gotten many requests for a class specifically on faces. So, I decided to elaborate on the lesson from my Felt Alive class - The Magic of Faces - and offer it as a stand alone class.

I'm certain my new class will be of value to skilled needle felt artists that may simply want to learn a few new tricks! And it has already proven itself to be appropriate for beginning needle felters; as so many of my Felt Alive students had never needle felted before enrolling in my class. Their creations, especially the faces are amazing! So I think it's a great introductory to soft-sculptural needle felting as well.

I think all students will learn many of the basic principles of soft-sculptural needle felting techniques. I also think it's a great way to test the waters for those who haven't decided if a complicated online class project is right for them. And for those that just can't get enough and must go on to create a lifelike body, I will offer a discounted upgrade deal for the entire Felt Alive class to my Magic of Faces Students.

And I have tons of videos in this class! You can see the details here - http://www.feltalive.com/magicfacesclass.htm

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Photographing My Work

I have been up against a challenge ever since I started needle felting of learning how to capture my work in the best light. I am finding that nearly as much as I love creating needle felted characters, I love taking pictures of them. My favorite lighting is natural lighting and my favorite backdrop is my gorgeous Alaskan scenery but I feel it is important to get several excellent, high-res shots of each piece in a controlled studio setting. But how?? So, like most things I'm curious about, I turned to the internet. After much research, I finally have a solution. It is called a light box or a light tent.

My Light Box in Action

My nephew made mine out of PVC conduit and unions. It comes apart for easy storage. I just have a plain white sheet to drape over the top - this filters the light - and I purchased a Flotone photographic backdrop that graduates from black to white. I use this as a sweep and stand my work right on the backdrop - this gives a seamless, wrinkle-free background. I think it gives professional look to my photos. Beside that - I have two 300 watt clamp lights to shine light in from either side to control or even eliminate shadows.

My Light Box Unveiled

Light Box

Here is a photo of one of my dolls, Evelyn making her debut in the light box.
Evelyn in the New Light Box
And in this photo - I didn't even need to turn on my lighting - I have a nice, bright studio and this was taken on a lovely, sunny day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sarah Palin Returns to Wasilla, Alaska

I grew up here in Wasilla Alaska with Sarah Palin, I thought I had to jump in and have some fun too. Sarah and I graduated together in 1982. She first caught my attention after high school by winning the title of Miss Wasilla in 1984 and then was a runner up in the Miss Alaska pageant.

My creation is in homage to my childhood friend Sarah in her Miss Wasilla swimsuit outfit.

Miss Wasilla in the Light Box


Sarah blows you a kiss goobye!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My New Felt Alive Studio

I finally have a special space to call my own, just for felting. It took some elbow grease and a whole lot of paint, but a much neglected space in my house is now my studio. I went for bright bold colors because Alaskan winters can be so long and dark - Old Man Winter won't be able to get me here!

Here is a quick video tour of my shiny new Felt Alive Studio!

Exciting News!

I am so happy to announce that I am the new owner/admin for The Felting & Needle Felting Forum. It is an amazing group of felting enthusiasts from all around the world. The Forum was founded by Marie Spaulding of Living Felt and I am proud to take the reins! Come by and visit, there is so much fun happening there!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Felt Alive Hilda Challenge

I invited some of my Felt Alive online students to join me in a challenge to capture the essence of Hilda - A vintage plus-sized pinup caricature by artist, Duane Bryers.

Felt Alive Hilda Challenge

Starting at the BOTTOM row- it's FeltingFever!

Then in the middle we have Germa's Felting

Then on the top row we have me - feltalive


What a fun bunch of Hildas!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Felt Alive at the Alaska State Fair 2008

I entered several of my characters into the Alaska State Fair - I was thrilled with how well they were received by the judges and it is very exciting to have them on display for Alaskans to see, adorned with all of their pretty ribbons.

Alaska State Fair 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Field Trip to the Mountains

Ethan and I loaded up our three boys (Homer, Lucky and Spike) and the entire Felt Alive family and headed up to Hatcher Pass; a magical place that happens to be right about in our back yard. A short drive from home and we find ourselves in the middle of an alpine paradise in the Talkeetna Mountains. Alaska is some kind of beautiful!!!

Field Trip!
In the Talkeetna Mountains with My Felt Alive Crew.

Chieder Enjoying the View
Chieder the Mountaineer

Droits in the Mountains
Climb little Droits! You can make it!

Mac in the Mountains



Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

A great day was had by all!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cyrus

Cyrus is the largest Felt Alive character to date! He stands about 23 inches tall and is a pretty hefty guy. He is solid needle felted wool and is fully jointed with seamless needle felted joints. No sewing, no stuffing, just felted wool!

Chloe and Cyrus

My Great-Niece Chloe with her new friend, Cyrus!

Cyrus Hard at Work

Cyrus in the Garden

Tree Droits

Droits!

Green Droit

Green Droit - Rear View

Green Tree Droit

Friday, July 18, 2008

Escape to the Mountains

My nephew Nick and his girlfriend, Mindy, stole away to the mountains the other day with several of my characters in tow. They returned with the most fabulous photos!

Escape to the mountains

Hal the Tourist Cozies Up with a Local

There's more pictures - Here is a slideshow of their day!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I caught some Droits!

I can only seem to catch these little critters if I stay up very late at night. I've been told they are called Droits!

Red Droit

Showdown

Little tree climber!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Doc Treeboat

This guy was so fun to create! I blended 4 colors of wool batting together to give him this wonderful skin tone. My little niece named him Doc Treeboat. She is my official character namer.




Friday, May 30, 2008

Latest Addition to my Felt Alive Family





Meet Mindy!

Mindy loves to play outside in the yard! She is an adventurous little thing; climbing trees and dreaming of sailing away to explore far away lands!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm in USA Today!!!

I was mentioned in a recent article in USA Today. The article is about Flickr (the coolest photo sharing website going) and I was mentioned in the article! How exciting. I responded to a Flickr Forum post from the writer at USA today looking for input from Flickr users. I wound up getting interviewed over the phone and that evening, I made the paper!! Pretty crazy!!

Felt Alive Online Class with Needle Felting Kit



This is the kit I put together for students of my Felt Alive online class. I have stuffed it full of my favorite materials for making my Felt Alive characters. It is the kit I wish I would have had when I first got started. I am having so much fun teaching my techniques - It makes me so happy to see my students projects come to life! I always feel like a proud auntie.

My online class is fun and innovative. I wrote an 8 chapter tutorial/ebook loaded with pictures and step by step instructions and to supplement this, I have created an extensive video library demonstrating the various techniques. My students start when they want and work at their own pace, all while getting personal instruction from me. We are having a lot of fun!! Click Here for more info!

Rufus - My first soft-sculpted canine!






This is little Rufus - He sits about 6 inches tall. He is soft and flexible and such a good boy!!

This is my first soft-scultped dogs. I made the little guys in my sled dog team but they are sculpted quite hard and are not as lifelike as Rufus.

Little Gladys - Needle Felted Art Doll

This is little Gladys! She is such a silly little thing!




Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Dude Named Alice!






This is Alice - Don't ask why - he's just Alice! He looks like a laid back old surfer dude to me. I just love him! What a character!

And I'm pretty sure Alice is Crackers' Bro' I caught them down at the lake shore soaking up the Alaskan springtime sun! They are a couple of Laid Back Dudes!