Monday, December 14, 2009

Felt Alive 2010 Calendar is now available at

I got a wild idea for a silly calendar last month and finally got it all put together. So, drum roll please....I am happy to present my new Felt Alive I Felt the Stars 2010 Wall Calendar !!! It's available for sale on Lulu is the coolest site for publishing your own stuff.

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

Besides the calendar - I am very much enjoying my big adventure living and bumming in our RV. What a strange freedom with so many adjustments to make. Visit my travel blog to see where in the world I am hanging out. Where In the World is Felt Alive?

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.

My new 4 Disc DVD workshop for making needle felted dolls is proving to be a popular item in my Felt Alive Shop, especially, since I packaged them with Deluxe Kits from Patti, at DreamFelt.

Patti is catering to the needs of needle felters and carries fabulous needle felting kits and all of my favorite needle felting supplies. From core wool batting to foam felting pads, you can find it at DreamFelt! Patti carries the perfect un-dyed wool batting for the core of any needle felted sculpture - It felts fast and strong. I use this wool to sculpt the core of all of my dolls so I can save my money for the good stuff! Speaking of good stuff when you are DreamFelt you must look at the delicious colors she carries of Norwegian C1 Felting Batts!

I know I say it all the time, but Norwegian C1 is the ultimate wool for needle felting. That is my humble opinion of course. In my online quest for the ultimate needle felting wool, I discovered the most gorgeous one pound batts of the most interesting looking wool at New England Felting Supply. I read about it and discovered it was was widely used in the traditional feltmaking world for upholstery and rugs. It felts fast and is durable. It turns out those qualities make for the perfect Felt Alive dolls. I require fast felting wool (I'm very impatient) and the durability of the felted wool makes such strong joints. Plus it finishes nicely - I see a sheen in the flesh tones that gives my dolls an even more lifelike way about them. It's the wool, I tell you!!

I just stumbled across this funny picture that really illustrates the lifelike qualities of Norwegian C1 felting batts - this is one of my dolls, Cyrus, in the making, with an Alaskan mosquito trying to tap into some blood.

Weird, Huh? But why I brought this up and shared old photos is that the pictures really show the lifelike sheen I was talking about. And I think there is more to it than sheen; that mosquito hung in there for at least 10 minutes. It was a good thing that Cyrus was made from thousands of jabs with a sharp needle - he didn't even notice the mosquito. By the way, Cyrus' flesh is made from Beige-Peach Norwegian C1.

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

Getting Ready for My Big Adventure

We are packing up the dogs, some wool and felting needles and some other bare necessities into our new home on wheels. We have shed most of our worldly belongings and are leaving Alaska for destinations unknown in just a few days.

This picture is myself and Patti - a dear friend and one of my only felting connections here in Alaska. 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 - so my friends can follow me on my felting journey.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My New DVD Video Workshop!

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spock - Needle Felted

Admiral Spock - Needle Felted, originally uploaded by feltalive.

He was quite fun! Those eyebrows and hair were fun but it was the mouth that was so crucial to get right. I'm in love with my Li'l Spock!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Daisy - A Felt Alive Needle Felted Doll

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

Will Ferrell - ELF!

Will Ferrell - ELF!, originally uploaded by feltalive.

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

I Pity the Fool! Mr. T - needle felted

I captured my Li'l T is the outfit that BA wore in the opening sequence of The "A" Team.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Li'l Travolta Sightseeing in Alaska

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

Bald Eagle Hunting the Shoreline

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!

The Man in Black needle felted wool

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 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


Clementine, originally uploaded by feltalive.

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

I Felt The Stars

Group Shot, originally uploaded by feltalive.

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

Li'l Elvis in needle felted wool

The wool practically sculpted itself - Li'l Elvis really wanted to come to life. This creation was a lot of fun - right down to the Elvis snarl.

Lil Marylin Monroe in needle felted wool

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

Li'l Bob Dylan in needle felted wool

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

Li'l Conan's Alaskan Ice Fishing Adventures

OK - I needle felted the doll and the bear - my nephews, Nick and Ben made the video. I love seeing my creations come to life with stop-motion animation.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is it ok to brag?

Thanks! I hoped so.... My dolls were featured in Art Doll Quarterly, Spring 2009. What an honor!

My big debut!

Between the Covers of Art Doll Quarterly

Yep, I made those guys.

My dolls in Art Doll Quarterly

A 4 page spread in Art Doll Quarterly

A beautiful magazine and my dolls look bigger than life in the pages.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Felt Alive Heads Rolling

My nephews (Nick and Ben) got a hold of some of my unfinished heads and put together this funny little video.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Li'l Elton John Needle Felted Wool Doll

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

Felt Alive Music Video

My husband had been making training videos for his work; he brought his new found skills home and made this silly video for me. I'm much more comfortable behind the camera filming my little characters but here I am - stepping out of my little box!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Needle Felted Willie Nelson

My Little Willie Nelson!

Needle Felted Willie Nelson

Needle Felted Willie Nelson Rear View

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!

Needle Felted Buddies

And here is a video so you can see how lifelike he is!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Willie Nelson coming to life in Needle Felted Wool

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

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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

Happy Felting in 2009!!

Felt Alive Wool Sculptures by Kay Petal

Conan O'Brien - Needle Felted Wool

I think I have found my calling! Celebrity Felt Alive - Hmm...

Needle Felted Conan O'Brien

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...

What's going on here?

Conan and his horse??

Here is a little video so you can see how lifelike Li'l Conan is!