I have been needle feting for quite a while now and always looking for new challenges and new subjects (because I get bored very, very easily!)
So, I make different things, such as this Elf Doll walking her Dachshund. She is all needle felted and is attached to the log slice plinth she stands on. Her hair is dyed lambswool, her dress and knickers are wet felted and her little elf shoes are needle felted. She has pointy elf ears and a sweet face. She is taking her little miniature wire haired dachshund for a walk on a rainbow cord lead and holding her flower head garland in her left hand. All the dachshunds are needle felted using a range of wools. Once the body shape is firm, I mix 4 or 5 colours to get the variegated colours in the wire haired coat.
I follow a very talented Russian felt artist who does lots of mice dressed in clothes and doing “human” things. That got me thinking about Dachshunds and how they could be used in the same way. My first project was this “father and son”, both wired onto a plinth, with the youngster looking up at daddy. I knitted a little jumper for the boy and wet felted scarves for both of them. I then added some doll’s house accessories – a top hat and an umbrella for daddy. They are quite dinky, 6 inches and 5 inches respectively.
Next, I made a “girl” dachshund. I knitted her a tiny woolen sleeveless jumper with a roll neck and used a pretty quilting square to make her flared skirt. Her balloon is bright pink Perendale wool needle felted and attached to a wire that looks like string that she is holding in her hand. She is also wired onto the plinth. I felted her around a wire frame and drilled the plinth to insert the wires into 2 small holes so she “free stands”. She is about 6 and a half inches tall.
The final one for this post is one of 2 little boys, one on a winter sledge and the other one pulling him. I knitted 2 little red scarves, to keep them both warm. I glued some glittery white pre-felt onto a plinth, drilled the plinth for the standing boy and glued the sledge on to the white pre-felt. The one on the sledge is sitting with his tail hanging over the edge of the sledge ……. This has a real winter / Christmassy feel – I might take the photos and use them on my Christmas cards this year!
I am carrying on with a tiny doll’s house size pram, which will have in it a needle felted blanket and a sleeping dachshund baby ….. with a “mum” stood up pushing the pram ……..
So for this post I thought I would share my Magical, Mystical Felting, piece by piece …. I have been making lots of felted dogs as people had ordered them and I was itching to try my hand at felted dolls and mystical items …… Finally, I grabbed some time and started firstly on my Child of Pan. She took a while as her face would not behave as I wanted it to! I sculpted her body, arms and legs first, then her hands and fingers (which took ages and were very fiddly) then her head and face, complete with eyelids, eyes and freckles!!. I added her tail, horns and elf like ears and then dressed her. The hair I wanted was not available within my considerable stash of wool so it was off on a trawl of the internet to find what I needed. I found a fantastic artist selling some doll hair seconds made from Tibetan Lambs Wool – she was so kind and sent me extra to make sure I had enough. It was exactly what I wanted – curly, wild, soft and bouncy.
Next I stayed on the “other worldly” theme and started on my little Pixie / Elf. He is sitting cross legged, with his hands on his knees, his wild mop of blonde hair standing up around his elfin ears and a cheeky grin on his face. His long, skinny legs are comfortably crossed, his hat sits by his side and he rests his hands upon his knees. He is dressed in a felted Lichen Green top and Forest Green trousers, with a jaunty cotton bandana loosely tied around his neck. The black and purple psychedelic magical mushroom stands next to him. I made this next and after felting the patterns in I stitched tiny little pearls all over it for that extra bit of magic! I wet felted his little hat and added a braided leather band with a feather for the finishing touch!
My witch took many, many hours and incorporates felting, sewing and embroidery – all of which are my passions. I wanted her to be voluptuous but tall, elegant and slender – after lots of hard work I achieved the look I wanted. Her face is detailed and mysterious. She has a wonderful half smile and a shock of luscious black hair. Her body is made from natural coloured Perendale Batting. Her top, boots and leggings are beautiful, soft Merino wool. Her skirt is black tulle with purple Merino wool nuno felted around the bottom and black ribbon bows stitched on. Her purple top has a Triple Goddess felted into the centre of the front. Her cloak is beautiful – made from black velour with a purple satin lining. It has a full, lined hood and I embroidered a Pentagram on each side of the front. The cloak is a replica of the ones I make for real witches. Her hair is from a Manchester wig shop – I needed it to be thick, black and straight – this hair piece did the job perfectly!