Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Man Shops Globe finds incredible needle felted dogs

I love seeing people's reaction when they are first introduced to amazing needle felted art. Domenica Moore Gordon's little dogs are delightful.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Who


How fun is this!!!  This is John 'Rabbit' Bundrick - legendary keyboardist from The Who
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Needle Felting a Santa

A new Felt Alive Video Workshop - just in time for the holidays!
Felt Alive Needle Felted Santa Workshop available at my new website at!
or watch online at

Monday, September 27, 2010

Felt Alive Witch

Felt Alive Witch

Yes, Shakespeare said "wool of bat"!

She has so much attitude!

Needle Felted Witch Doll
She stands on her own and is about 14" tall - no wire armature, just needle felted wool! And the good news is that all of the great supplies I made her with are available in my NEW needle felting shop.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Li'l Lyle Lovett - needle felted wool art doll

Lyle Lovett has such an interesting face so I thought he would be the perfect subject for a recent workshop where I taught advanced needle felting techniques for working from photographs. It was the first time I've shared my techniques for bringing wool to life as an actual likeness.

And I must mention that I'm a huge fan of Lyle Lovett! I'm on a new mission to introduce Li'l Lyle to the real Lyle Lovett. I have a feeling he would get a big kick out of him and I would love nothing more than to get a picture of the two of them together.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I can't pick up the phone to call my Dad but I can dedicate this post to my dear ol' Dad. Cancer took him from this world 5 years ago but I feel him with me every day. He passed away while I was going through my own cancer ordeal yet he still continued to look after his little girl. His life insurance afforded me the ability to seek out the best treatment in the world for my very rare form of salivary cancer. I felt him with me every step of the way. My doctors said I got through the grueling treatment better than any patient they had ever had.

My Dad had a great sense of humor - dry and witty - and he was the most intelligent man I have ever met. While I can't say I inherited his IQ, I can say I inherited his sense of humor. It got me through my illness and it drives my creativity. Dad never saw my needle felted dolls but I know he would have been my biggest fan. And it's not a coincidence that I see his eyes in nearly every doll I make. He is with me on this Father's Day and every day.

Dad's 70th birthday. That's him on the cake.

Dad loved to fish - especially for King Salmon!

We said goodbye to Dad in a fitting tribute.

His first born son and first born daughter (Mark and Keri) had the honor of filling his last request - that his ashes be set free in Quillian Bay in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Here is his family as we watched his ashes swim free in the Sound he loved so much.

Quillian Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

And is it a coincidence that I am in Montana on Father's Day? Dad loved Montana - 4 out of his 5 kids were born here (including myself) while he worked for the US Customs Service as a border patrol agent. His work brought his family further north to Alaska when I was just small but being in Montana makes me realize why Dad loved it here.

So Dad, Happy Father's Day. Thanks for being the best Dad a girl could get. I love you!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Felt Alive Needle Felting DVDs on Sale!

We are all living in a tough economy and it can be hard to justify spending money on important things like learning a fun new craft. So! We slashed our prices for all Felt Alive DVD workshops and slashed them even more for Felt Alive Online Video Workshops.

Felt Alive ONLINE Video Workshops starting at only $14.95! Unlimited access for an unlimited amount of time. No waiting for the mail - Instant Online Access for Instant Needle Felting Fun!!

Felt Alive Workshops on DVD starting at only $19.95 with FREE Worldwide Shipping!

You can find all Felt Alive Workshops here on my blog (see links at the top of this page.)
In my Felt Alive Shop
Or on my New Website that hosts my online video workshops.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Felt Alive Giveaway Winners

This was my first giveaway and I wanted to make sure the winners were drawn fairly - I used and they randomly selected the winners - SO.....drum roll please....

1st Judy
Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls
4 disc DVD Workshop -$74.95 value

2nd Joann Loos
Felt Alive Needle Felted Pups!
1 Disc DVD Workshop - $29.95 value

3rd Pixie
Felt Alive Needle Felting Funny Faces -
1 Disc DVD Workshop - $29.95 value

4th WhingingNinja
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

5th Melissa
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

6th BIKY
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

Congratulations lucky winners and thanks to EVERYONE who participated. This was so fun that I plan on offering more giveaways.

Lucky Winners - Please send me your mailing address to so I can mail the prizes out.

Thanks again for helping to promote my new website -

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Needle Felting DVD Giveaway!!!

To celebrate and promote the launch of my NEW WEBSITE dedicated to teaching others sculptural needle felting, I am giving away three free Felt Alive DVD Needle Felting Workshops!

To be eligible all you have to do is add the following link to your website or blog Then leave a comment on this post with a link to where you posted my link anytime between now and Saturday, June 12th and enter to win one of the following prizes -

Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls - 4 Disc DVD set (value $74.95)

Felt Alive Needle Felted PUPS! 1 Disc DVD set (value $29.95)

Felt Alive Needle Felted Funny Faces - 1 disc DVD (value $29.95)

Winners will be announced Sunday, June 13th, 2010.

Shipping is free (worldwide!) Entries from around the world are welcome. (And for those abroad who worry my DVDs might not play in your player, enter anyway! Part of the fun of my new website is that it hosts my DVD workshops for online viewing. Winners will have the option of receiving unlimited online access instead of a DVD.)

I hope you and your readers enjoy my new website! Thanks for participating and good luck.


My goal is to spread the word about my new site. I am requesting links because search engines love sites with lots of links pointing to them. If you don't have a website or a blog, a facebook post or a Twitter tweet with a link to my new site would be great.


I have added more prizes! 3 lucky winners will win a set of Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles (value $12.95)

GOOD LUCK and thanks for playing!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Li'l Boss - Needle Felted Springsteen Doll

The Li'l Boss!! Yes, I made a needle felted caricature of Bruce Springsteen.

I listened to his music while I was bringing him to life - it was a great trip down memory lane and very inspirational.

And Li'l Bono was happy to share the stage with The Li'l Boss!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Li'l Bono - A Needle Felted Wool Doll

Since using U2's music in my video is a big no-no, I put a playlist here with my favorite U2 songs to play along with the video. Enjoy!

Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Online Needle Felting Video Workshop

is finally LIVE for online viewing on my new website!

Felt Alive Pups are so fun and easy to create and no two are ever alike. Follow the same instructions 10 times and you will have 10 unique pups. These needle felted pups can flex and move much like a real dog.


They always spring back to the position they were created in, making them very fun to play with. And rather than breed specifics, we focus on fun!

I share simple tricks to bring out unique character and expressions and many of the same joint making techniques I use in all of my needle felted dolls.

It's a whole bunch of fun to Felt Alive and I hope to see these funny little PUPS coming to life in wool all over the world!

Visit my New Website to Learn More

Monday, March 8, 2010

Li'l Ellen DeGeneres

Today I am so happy because I get to unveil a new Felt Alive Li'l Celebrity.

Ladies & Gentleman.......Li'l Ellen DeGeneres!!!

And it seems the rest of the Felt Alive stars were pretty excited about her arrival on the scene.

Li'l Spock likes these guys but disco dancing remains illogical.

After all - Ellen is the life of the party... She can even get Li'l Trump to lighten up and give new meaning to a Trump Tower.

I am scheming of ways to get Li'l Ellen in the hands of Big Ellen. I'm busy going through the Ellen Show website and did submit some photos. Maybe I need a Felting Friends campaign to Ellen's show. Any volunteers to suggest that her producers to take a look at her Ellen's Felt Alive Felt-Alike??

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Universal Language of Felt

I have video workshop customers all over the world but most of them speak English very well. I was so pleased to receive this email from a student in Hungary!

"Hi Kay,

I send to you photos of my first work. I have great pleasure from it.

Thank you very much for your school.


(Sorry my English, I do not speak english very well)"

My videos have no subtitles so it is very safe to say that Eva speaks the Universal Language of Felt!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Li'l Conan got TOTALLY Blogged

I just love it when I discover my dolls making appearances in blogs - especially outside of the realm of felting and doll making. What a fun way to introduce needle felting to the world!

I Googled "Needle Felted" the other day for the fun of it and was very thrilled to stumble into a Geek and Gadget blog that had an amazing article about my dolls - in particular - My Li'l Conan.

I don't really know exactly what all the code for tweets shares and diggs mean, but I think it means that Li'l Conan is being passed around a bit in the blogosphere. Who knows, Li'l Conan may soon be discovered!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sweet Station meets Needle Felting

I was looking at my website stats and noticed a bunch of hits coming from a blog called Sweet Station. Then I remembered I had recently submitted a link to my website-They feature really sweet stuff, you can get lost for hours scrolling through the posts & I was delighted to find my Li'l Celebs featured.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Incredible emails

An unexpected perk of my Felt Alive business is the amazing emails I get from people just discovering needle felting. I got a great one the other day that I am compelled to share.

Hi Kay!
My name is Michelle and I asked for your four disc workshop for Christmas and I got it! I am so happy to see how you do your stuff and make a fantastic Felt Alive doll.

I discovered needle felting just a few months ago. Vriad Lee was featured on an art site I look at. I was amazed that the animals were made out of wool and I had to find out how that was possible. I did a search on youtube and the first video I watched was called Needle Felting Basic Shapes Tutorial. It was really interesting to me and I thought it was something that I might want to try.

It was the very next day that I was in a bookstore and looking at the magazines. There was one that caught my eye with a Halloween cat on the cover. So I picked it up and looked through it. That's when I found the article on needle felted dolls. There were all of these l'il celebrities featured by Kay Petal. They were amazing. I couldn't believe that someone could make those amazing dolls out of wool. I went home and googled Kay Petal and found a website and blog and some other things leading to Felt Alive creations. I was so amazed by what I found. It was then that I realized that it was you that I watched on youtube at the very beginning.

I showed your site to whoever would sit and listen to me go on and on about your dolls. It impressed everyone that I showed. I always saved George as the last doll I showed. I love George and that his dentures come out! HIs teeth come out! So for a few weeks I researched how to needle felt and what I would need to start. My husband works at a fabric and craft store and his store carried a few needle felting supplies which I got for my birthday. I was thrilled to try it out to see if I would like it or not. The first thing I did was a red ball. I was totally floored that I could take a blob of wool and shape it into a ball. Then I made a small penguin. He came out really cute. I was hooked at that point. I found it relaxing and fun to stab the wool.

I then wanted to try out a bigger project, something for my husband for Christmas. I started in October so I would have plenty of time to get the present complete by Christmas. It only took me a few days to complete my project and in the end I was really happy how it turned out. My husband really likes anything to do with Bigfoot, so I decided to take on the challenge of making him one. I ordered up some wool from the sites you recommended, I ordered the felting pad from the site you recommended and the super duper rubber coated needles from you. I love the wool from the New England Felting Supply website. The Norwegian C-1 is perfect! Here are a few pictures of him so you can see what you inspired.

When I started this project I went to a friend who is a professional illustrator. He helped me visualize Bigfoot with a concept sketch and I used this sketch as the basis of my "softie."

The fact that I am in any way involved in Michelle's discovery of needle felting is really wonderful. Her enthusiasm reminded me so much of my discovery of needle felting. I am looking forward to pictures of the project she creates with her Christmas present.

And here is Michelle's favorite Felt Alive Doll - George -

Thanks Michelle!