Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Late, Great Freddie Mercury - in needle felted wool.

Serendipity: While taking a Sunday drive we spotted a person in a furry costume with a sign that said Farm Open. We followed the sign to a Suri Alpaca Farm and decided to stop in to see if I could find some hair for the doll I'm working on - Freddie Mercury, the late, great singer from Queen. I found the perfect fiber and in chatting with the owner of the farm, it turns out he is old friends from college with Brian May, the guitarist from Queen. What are the chances of that?

The hairs on my arms were on end the whole way home but things like this have been happening since the day I first picked up a felting needle.  Someday, I might need to write a book about it.  But something made this story even more magical - before talking with the owner, I had a discussion with another fiber artist I met at the farm about how serendipity led us both to our crafts - I even mentioned that if you don't pay attention, you might not notice it's happening. So pay attention to the signs - especially if a furry creature is holding it!

Here is my Felt Alive tribute to Freddie Mercury - (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991)

Besides his lovely hair and mustache (suri alpaca) he is 100% needle felted wool



Part of what I love about needle felting great musicians is listening to their music while I'm working and watching their amazing performances on YouTube during my breaks.  This video of Queen performing A Kind of Magic live at Wembley Stadium in 1986 inspired this Li'l Freddie Mercury doll. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

My needle felted dolls on The Conan O'Brien Show

My dolls raced into The Conan O'Brien Show just after the second commercial break at the 13:34 mark.



I have to say, it was fun to see them on the big screen!  




Here is my original, full-length video; filmed, coincidentally, in O'Brien, Oregon.   It's a fun adventure with li'l Conan tearing it up on a 4-wheeler with his buddy, Li'l Trump.

No Felt Alive Dolls (nor Spike the dog) were harmed during the filming of this video so stay tuned for more adventures with Li'l Conan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Special Place to Learn How to Needle Felt

I am one happy felter!  I finally have the online Needle Felting Workshop site of my dreams!

It is brand new but we already have a bustling community of needle felting enthusiasts from around the world discovering the magic of needle felting right along with me.

Members have my entire library of online needle felting workshops at their disposal along with support forums and discussion groups.  I will be video blogging new workshops in segments as we film them and sharing new technique videos regularly as well. Members can follow along or bring their own projects.  I'm there to guide them as they master their skills and bring their ideas to life.

The Needle Felters Workshop is perfect for people just getting started and for more experienced needle felters alike!  There is something for everyone that loves sculptural needle felting.  Learn more about the fun everyone is having at The Needle Felters Workshop or Join Now for only $79.95 per year!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Making Whoopi! A Needle Felted Doll

Meet Li'l Whoopi




I was so excited to be commissioned to bring Whoopi Goldberg to life in needle felted wool. I couldn't have thought of of a better subject myself! She is solid needle felted wool with flexible needle felted joints. She stands on her own and is about 12" tall. I wet felted her dreadlocks using Merino Roving and for her glasses I used Merino prefelt that I needle felted and then wet felted. She was quite a project and a fun collaboration with my client. My only problem is saying goodbye! I literally fall in love with my dolls as they come to life on my felting pad. I have only recently started doing custom dolls for others instead of dolls for me - it is getting easier to part with them but never easy!



If you would love to learn the magic of sculptural needle felting, I'd love to show you how! I have several fun and comprehensive video workshops along with all of the tools and supplies you need! www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

Friday, July 1, 2011

Li'l Bob Dylan - Needle Felted Wool Doll


needle-felted-dylan-doll-bw11, originally uploaded by feltalive.
I just finished this cool cat - he was a custom commission and my second version of Dylan. For more photos - www.feltalive.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

X-treme Felt Alive Motor Sports with Li'l Conan & Li'l Trump

Li'l Conan & Li'l Donald Trump tearing it up on Li'l Conan's li'l ATV for a high-octane off-road adventure.  And check out The Li'l Donald's comb-over!

My needle felted dolls are pretty tough - it's hard to believe that these two li'l buddies look no worse for the wear after their wild ride. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Features of Felt Alive Needle Felted Doll Video Workshop

Would you like to learn how to make amazing art dolls without sewing even one stitch? Join me in this fun and comprehensive needle felting workshop and learn the fun and magic of making one of a kind needle felted dolls! These dolls are fun, flexible and oh so very lifelike. They have a natural range of motion with their amazing needle felted joints, they can stand on their own and their needle felted eyes sparkle with life.

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10 Hour Needle Felting Video Workshop - 4 disc DVD with a Deluxe Needle Felting Kit that includes Felt Alive Exclusive Super Duper color- coded felting needles to make following along even easier.

Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls 4 disc DVD Video Workshop with Needle Felting Kit -$99.95

Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls video workshop is the equivalent of an intensive 3-4 day live workshop except you work from comfort of your own home at your convenience and leisure. Not to mention the fact that you can pause and rewind me anytime! And you get a bird's eye view of my felting pad, no straining to see from across the room, no peeking over shoulders or feeling lost as the class moves along before you are ready.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's a Worm's Life - Felt Alive Needle Felted Worms

I needle felted these silly little woolly worms today over wire. I rarely use wire but this was easy and fun! I wrapped core wool roving around cloth covered florist wire, needle felted it using Felt Alive Super Duper Double Felting needles and covered them with Norwegian C1 premium felting batt - available Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies






Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Release! Felt Alive Needle Felted DROITS Video Workshop

Meet the Droits!

Droits!

Now you can learn how to make fun little needle felted creatures that I call Droits in my new 5 hour video workshop available on DVD or watch online!







He loves Flowers!!
Can you make us hats?
from the Pixie Patch
Felt Alive Droits came to be after I discovered adorable elfin creatures on Flickr made from polymer clay.  I had one of those aha moments that only other needle felters understand "I have to needle felt that!" and stayed up all night and made this sweet little thing out of core wool batting.  The overall effect is much different than the Pixies that inspired me mainly because of the lifelike qualities of the wool.  This little fella felt almost like a little pet and I was in love and I had to make more - but in more colors!  I envisioned these little characters in every color of the rainbow.


Oh no!!I caught you!!The next Droit was red.  This little guy has such a sweet, yet devilish personality - and the wool just did that, I didn't intentionally give him such a look - it just happened.  Then very dark one appeared and next a Green one, then an old and Gray one.








Group Shot - Needle Felted Droits



A friend came over an took one look at this little family of characters and said one thing - He said "Droits" and the moniker stuck.  They are Droits and they are fun to have around.


Each time my friend would visit he would sneak into my studio and gather the Droits and hide them around my house.  They can hang from a lamp shade or a curtain rod, they can hide in a coffee cup in the kitchen cabinet and they love to hide in the bathroom too.



Chloe and the Droits


Kid's love 'em!  My little niece, Chloe, made a Droit house!




And Droits simply love to play outside!







Don't Fall!!

Needle Felted Droits are solid needle felted wool - they stand on their own and have a very natural range of motion without the use of wire armatures. 

This fun workshop is 5 hours long and is a great way to learn needle felting!  
available on DVD or watch online!

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Li'l Willie - Needle Felted Doll

Li'l Willie Nelson #2.  Little Li'l Willie was one of my early caricatures.  Big Li'l Willie is my first attempt to repeat a subject.  They are two years apart.