The Innocent Slumber of the Needle Felted Wire Haired Dachshund

Ah the satisfaction of completing my little replica.  I watched our little mini wire Aldo sleeping and thought – that would be good to needle felt – so my needle came out and I started.

The base was pink – really harsh wool that enabled me to get the shape easily.  I made the legs and head separately and before I attached them I covered his tummy in brown Shetland combed top.   I then dressed the legs with a mix of Icelandic and Shetland top – cut into tiny pieces that I hand mixed to get the wild boar look of the coat.  I left the tops of the legs un-felted so I could attach them to the body and I used a long doll needle to stitch through the front legs so they stayed in the right position whilst I felted them on.  I then attached the head – still in its un-dressed state and looking really odd – the pink made it look like an alien!  It took a while to cover the body in its mixed wool coat and once done I added the tail and started on the head – that was very fiddly – adding eyebrows and a beard, felting on the black nose and doing a fine line for the closed eyelids.

When I was happy that he was in the correct sleeping position and his beard was well needled in, I put him aside and made the basket from Green Perendale batting.  The banket came next, a small piece of doubled Sherpa fleece (that I use for my real dog beds)  I embroidered a small paw print on one corner and overlocked it. 

I finally had my mini miniature – 5 inches long in a basket 6 inches wide!

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The Innocent Slumber of the Needle Felted Wire Haired Dachshund

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