Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
In spite of feeling like I'm always on vacation, I did manage to give my website some much needed updates and revisions. It feels kind of like a clean house. And if I do say so myself, I really love my new banner. When I am faced with designing things for my website, I easily get overwhelmed with indecision. What font looks better, what picture to use, blah, blah, blah...I'm finally starting to follow my gut and make quicker decisions and am pleased with my new banner that I put together in an afternoon.
OK!! This was a long post to announce my new Calendar. I just added some amazing pictures to my travel blog of the Southern Oregon coast which is where our adventures currently have us roaming. Where in the World is Felt Alive?
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This picture is myself and Patti - a dear friend and one of my only felting connections here in Alaska. www.dreamfelt.com Patti embellished this photo (the rv doesn't really have my name plastered on the front but it looks funny!)
And here is the view from my seat! Pretty funny! The little dogs you see are minis of my poochies that are no longer with us. They were made for me by Gunilla
I started a brand new blog for my exciting big Felt Alive adventure - www.feltalive.blogspot.com so my friends can follow me on my felting journey.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have to thank my amazing online students for giving me the idea and the courage to create this project. My students have expressed appreciation for my short, online videos that supplement the written instructions but have requested many times for the videos to be put on DVD for ease of viewing.
So, I took it a step further and made an entire workshop for a needle felted doll on DVD. The 4 Disk set contains 10 hours of needle felting fun. I create a cute and lively character from start to finish, explaining in great detail every step along the way.
And here is a little sneak peek that we put together. I think the close-ups really make it easy to see exactly how the wool reacts to the needles.
The DVD set is available on my website www.feltalive.com
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Those of you familiar with my work know that I rarely offer my dolls for sale. As living conditions for my collection get more and more crowded, I am faced with the reality that I must learn to say goodbye. So!!
Little Daisy is available for sale on eBay
Daisy stands about 7" tall and is solid needle felted wool.
Monday, July 6, 2009
My husband requested a Will Ferrell caricature, my nephew suggested the Elf costume - I think it all worked out although I must admit, this li'l dude sort of gives me the creeps. He looks like he is up to no good if you ask me.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I had to make a Li'l Travolta Saturday Night Fever style! Boy does that take me back. I have to find a place with a disco ball for his official photo shoot but in the meantime we took him out sightseeing here in Alaska. When we stopped in at McHugh Creek along Turnagain Arm he learned an awful lot about the Dall Sheep we spotted in the moutains...Hmm....I wonder why he was so fascinated????
I have never needle felted will Dall Sheep wool. Sounds interesting, though.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
An overhead shadow got my attention when this amazing bird swooped in and landed in a tree in my front yard along the lakeshore.
He sat in the tree for about 1o minutes, keeping a close eye on the shoreline.
And then he flew away!
I must say, I'm pretty smitten with my Li'l Cash - he looked like Sean Connery for so long and while I am a fan - Li'l Sean was NOT who this guy was supposed to be. So, like I usually do at that one special moment where my character comes to life - I shouted out with glee "I DID IT!!!!!!" It really is a fun moment...really fun.
Li'l Cash stands about 12" tall and is 100% needle felted wool. He is fully jointed with needle felted joints and stands on his own without the use of wire armatures.
For his core, I used my favorite wool batting from www.zwool.com. For his flesh layer, I used my all time favorite needle felting wool - Norwegian C1 Felting Batts (beige peach for Johnny's flesh) from New England Felting Supply - For his suit, I used Merino Prefelt, also from New England Felting Supply. His hair is Merino roving. And like always, I used my Felt Alive Super-Duper, Color-Coded, Rubber-Coated Felting Needles.
Li'l Cash - An original Felt Alive Wool Sculpture by Kay Petal
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I made Clementine for a VERY special project. She made a long trip to China to a doll manufacturer to study her for possible mass production of my designs. Well, it was no big surprise to learn that they can not be easily reproduced - the style does not lend itself to the assembly line. I was glad to get her safely back home!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Eleven Li'l felted celebrities all in a row! Pretty funny - The Li'l Beatles were the first - their scale is a bit smaller than the others but I love them just they way they are.
front row - l-r Li'l Bob Dylan, Li'l Marilyn, Li'l John Lennon, Li'l Ringo Starr, Li'l George Harrison, Li'l Paul McCartney, Li'l Elvis, Li'l Janice Joplin.
back row l-r Li'l Elton John, Li'l Willie Nelson, Li'l Conan O'Brien
Friday, March 13, 2009
She looks tragic to me - I find it strange that most of my characters have a spark of joyfulness to me, but not so with Li'l Marilyn. This one was a real challenge - I don't think Marilyn wanted to come to life in wool. But my li'l Marilyn is very balanced - she stands all by herself on her little red shoes
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I am really happy to introduce my newest li'l Felt Alive celebrity - Li'l Bob Dylan! I just love how the wool can take on the look of a rugged face and a steely-eyed expression. And curly sheep's locks seemed like the perfect choice for Dylan hair.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
My Li'l Elton John was SO FUN to bring to life. Even his li'l glasses are made of wool - I didn't even have to use wire. My proudest accomplishment is the lenses - they are wool, they are felted and you can see his eyes through them. I just love his flashy, flamboyant li'l personality.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
My Little Willie Nelson!
Willie is about 12" tall and is 100% Needle Felted Wool. His hair is a blend of Alpaca and Icelandic Wool. Like all my characters, I start with a basic body structure using what I call "core wool" which is basically wool batting that has not been dyed. The outer layers of the skin and clothing are made with Norwegian C1 Felting Batts. Willie was a wonderful, fun challenge for me - and he stands on his own!
Here is Willie with his buddy, Conan O'Brien!
And here is a video so you can see how lifelike he is!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
What fun I am having!! Willie will look much more like Willie when he gets a neck - I am learning that our necks really define what we look like! I will post again when Willie is complete but I love this stage and had to share!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This is so new for me - I am in my mid forties and never realized I had any kind of artistic abilities - that is until I discovered needle felting - two years ago! I am having so much fun with it - My new Li'l Conan is really a Felt Alive star. Somehow I captured Conan in wool - from his piercing look in his eyes, right down to his swagger, this truly is Mini Conan.
Li'l Conan is a HUGE FAn of the real Conan O'Brien and he plays in front of the tv every time Conan is on - it's hilarious. He dreams of being Conan's little desk buddy on his new Tonight Show....a li'l fella can dream...
Here is a little video so you can see how lifelike Li'l Conan is!