I’m Dyeing mounds wool for Hands on Houston at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft this weekend. We’re making acorns! Saturday October 2, 2010 from 11am-3pm
I threw this guy in for fun.
after a lot of preparation for maker faire, an intense weekend (i won two editor’s choice awards!) and a week of custom orders, it is good to get back to regular ole stress reducing sculpting. i fixed mr. pull toy chicken this morning after he was punched, pulled, bitten (seriously), and tossed by his admirers. a new tight layer of clean beautiful wool and he is ready for market.
my Etsy shop is finally open! I will post him tonight.
i have gotten many requests for beginner needle felting kits, so i finally got some together for maker faire. i have a baby robot, a puffer fish, cupcakes, and a baby dino kit.
My booth! i really meant to take more pictures, but time flew by and lots of people wanted to learn how to needle felt.
i spent an extra day in austin looking around in vintage boutiques for things i can add to my sculpting. i found this porcelain doll arm and many other goodies that i will show off later.
on the way back, i started four heads in the car. some days faces come easy to me, and some days i cant figure out how to do them. very strange. so when i am able to do one, i usually try to make four or five.
this is the beginning of a big head bunny made from one of the heads i started in the car. the arm is not attached yet, but you get the idea.
back to work!
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.