MAKER FAIRE

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!

pet monster

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?

Acacia

it may have been picking up all the branches after the storm that inspired acacia…

she is needle felted with embroidered rings on her feet. i wish i would have taken more process pictures, but i was going through a bit of a creativity block until she popped into my head. i just started felting and made her in about two hours.  it wasn’t until i was gathering curly willow that i remembered to take pictures.

i decided to dye her arms a greenish brown so that the branches would look like they were growing out of her arms.

back to the kool aid… lime + cherry = pretty green. i brought the dye to a boil and just held her arms in the dye bath until enough of it soaked in.

i wrestled with wire for about an hour until i was sure the branches were not going to move and voila!

a new love.  Acacia!

oh, and i made her some hot pink fruit to hang in her branches.

Hurri-crafting

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.