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Well my 2 Green Dachshund Bags are winging their way to their new home in New York

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 …………………….. so of course I had to make another one!  For this one I used bright summer colours.  I wet felted the bag from 2 layers of Perendale and 2 layers of Merino wool batting.  Then I shaped it, dried it and hand stitched a braided leather handle (bronze) all the way around.  I wanted a big, bold front, hence the Dachshund on the move, a bright yellow sunflower, some tiny white Aubretia and a leaf.  I needle felted these …………………. it took forever – the sunflower was particularly time consuming as each petal was done individually.  I added the white heart to balance it and then turned it over.

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On the other side I needle felted a dachshund holding colourful balloons, again all needle felted individually.  Along the bottom I needle felted more flowers blue, pink, white and purple – completing my colourful, summery bag!

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Raspberry Pink Dachshund on a Windy Day

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So …………………. I mastered wet felting and was pretty pleased with myself!!  Never having tried Needle Felting I kept looking and researching and decided to give it a go.  Next step was to purchase a needle felting kit and wait impatiently for it to arrive.

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Then to decide what to make and to choose the wool.  Living with dachshunds is sort of all consuming so I decided to make (yet another) dachshund, slightly comedic, and in a jazzy colour.

 

I made a sort of oblong shape and started felting with the needle – and it began to take shape – the wool for the dachshund is Perendale Batting – beautiful to work with. The eyes and nose are purple Merino, beautifully soft and a luscious colour.  The scarf is a mix of odds and ends.  I wired the legs and feet so he is poseable and I wired the scarf (that was tricky!) so that it looks like it is blowing in the wind.  And here he is – “Waldo” The Raspberry Pink dachshund!!!  It took a while – lots of needle felting in the evenings …………………………. it was great watching him  come to life!!!

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Raspberry Pink Dachshund on a Windy Day