i started making this guy on friday… i thought he looked a little rodent like so went to the pet store and bought him a toy for inspiration.
he needed a rodent like tail, so i lightly felted a long piece of wool.
i wanted to get cartoon like ribbing on the tail and but needle felting each “rib” would have taken a very long time and i am sure i would have stabbed myself repeatedly. so i put rubber bands down the length of the tail, wet felted it, let it dry and then dyed it pink.
the tail did’nt come out exactly how i envisioned it, but i do love it.i added wire before i attached it so it would be posable. awww, my new pet monster with his toy! but he still needs a name…any suggestions?
what does one do when there is no power for 2 days? well, you craft of course…and then you clean your craft room. lucie is a needle felted puppet that i never finished because there was always something about her that i didnt like…her face, her mouth…her ears.
then along came hurricane ike and a desperate need for another battery operated light source. i rummaged through my unorganized craft room, found some lamp parts and then i spied lucie!
lucie was needle felted hollow because she was intended to be a puppet—perfect for a lampshade.
i wanted to spruce her up so that once all went dark she would be pretty to look at so i gave her a felt rose for her hair, eyelashes and teeth.
lucie giving me light to sketch by + a guitar playing husband made having no power not so bad.
Meet Kiyoshi 淳!
last week i set out to needle felt a bat with wings made with umbrella parts. his wings turned out better than i thought they would because they have a full range of motion despite the wool. when i was almost done felting him,i decided to try a cabbage dye to give him a blue-ish grey color.
FIRST i chopped up some pretty red cabbage
i let it boil for an hour and drained it. i didn’t want to use alum to set the dye, so i added vinegar to the cabbage water and the color instantly turned from a deep blue to a bright pink.
i added mr. batty.
he was very pink and looked very unhappy. i let him boil for 5 minutes.
‘mmm smell that cabbagey, wooly bat soup.
thankfully, once i rinsed him there was no smell cabbagey smell at all but he was drab – very drab.
not at all the pretty blue-grey that i was going for.
in order to save mr. batty from his drabness, i mixed blue raspberry kool aid and black cherry kool aid until i got a very deep blue. i closed my eyes, hoping this would help and not hinder mr. batty’s color situation, and dunked him in the pot of blue. i boiled him for about 20 minutes to let the dye set and woila! the perfect shade of muted purple i love it!
i hand dried him with a blow dryer so that the metal umbrella parts would dry quickly then i lightly needle felted him all over to tighten up the loose wool. this morning i made him some socks and freckles and gave him a name…
Kiyoshi which means the quiet one in Japanese.
i went a little batty yesterday when i got sick of making sugar foots. i have been wanting to make a bat for a while now, but i wasn’t sure how i would approach it.
should he be sweet or mean? white, black or some random color? i still don’t know.
i did know that i wanted to use umbrella parts for the wings so they would open and close, so i went to the dollar store, got an umbrella and took it apart.
then i searched flickr for some plush bat inspiration.
i have looove sotosofties work, especially her bats, like freddie here.
and jennybubbletime’s shy looking guy is adorable.
okay. all inspired.
i’m gonna make him a little mean and a little sweet. i found this sketch i did a few weeks ago.
not sure if i want to go for the realistic bat nose.
the dollar store umbrella was way to easy to take apart. it would not have lasted 5 minutes in a storm.
i pulled a bear head out of the pile of the unfinished, cut his ears off and got to felting a body. i really just wanted to get to the wings.
looks like a bat to me.
i just started wrapping and felting…
and here is my progress so far…