So, the felting continues. I am blessed that people seem to like my creations and purchase them so I can continue making more! They are great fun and absorbing to make and a change from making functional items like dog show leads and beds! My latest three are:
a little mouse in an apron, holding a piece of cheese
a trotting wire haired dachshund
a new witch to replace the one that is now in her new home!
The mouse was great fun to make. I needle felted her around 2 pipe cleaners to keep her legs straight and used a pipe cleaner for her tail, which also keeps her standing steady! I machine sewed her little apron, felted a flower in front of her ear and felted some bright yellow Perendale wool batting for her cheese …… I used pink nail varnish to colour her black polymer clay nose and I used a long doll needle to stitch her whiskers through, then dabbed them with a bit of glue to keep them in place. The whiskers are Icelandic Top Wool.
Mt trotting wire haired dachshund has been in my mind for a long time but every time I tried it, the leg positions looked all wrong. So, after several attempts I completed this red, which I am moderately pleased with. I looked at lots of videos and pictures of dachshunds moving and found a really good video of a European Champion that helped me finally crack it!
The witch was a pure indulgence. She literally took weeks to make. Her body, arms and legs are all sculptured from Shetland wool batting and her face took a long time as I knew how I wanted her to look ………….. she had several heads before I settled on this one! Her skirt is beautiful – wet felted merino wool. Her top is fine gauge tulle with purple merino wool nuno felted on. Her cloak is black velour with a purple satin lining and has a hood, purple ribbons and 2 Pentagrams embroidered on. She wears a crescent moon bracelet and a moon and stars necklace. Her hair is needle felted in and is a mix of Icelandic Top Wool and synthetic hair extensions. Her broom is twigs from our garden, bound with brown plaited leather.
Well my 2 Green Dachshund Bags are winging their way to their new home in New York
…………………….. 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.
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!
So, I think I probably have OCD. I cannot just do nothing. Ever. If I am not cleaning I am crafting, or grooming dogs, or gardening …… sitting still makes me jumpy. I think this is rooted in having 6 children and never having enough time to get everything done. Now they are grown and gone, and I am not racing up and down the motorway doing business consultancy, I get bored ……………… so although I do lots of crafts, I am always looking for different things to do and to make.
Felting, both needle felting and wet felting have occupied me for a while and I am not yet getting bored ……. because there are so many different things you can do with them. Having started with hats, I carried on with dogs, then pixies and witches, some felted bowls and yesterday I started on a felted bag.
The inside is 2 layers of rust coloured Perendale Batting, the outside is 2 layers of Shetland Undyed Batting and the middle section is 4 layers of the Rust Perendale. I wet felted the bag around a plastic resist – just a shape cut from a plastic file. I used bubble wrap and ordinary washing up liquid, rubbing each side for 5 minutes, and repeating this 4 times before rolling up in a bamboo mat. I then rolled it 50 times, turned it a quarter turn and carried on until all 4 turns were completed. I then turned it over and repeated the process until it had been rolled 400 times. By this time the resist was starting to bend and the wool was well felted. I carefully sliced open the top and removed the resist. Then carried on soaping and working the wool until the bag was firmly felted. I then rinsed (adding some essential oil so it smells nice!), left to dry overnight, before needle felting the embellishments on, braiding the handle and hand stitching that completely around the perimeter of the bag. I am now starting my next bag …….. the dogs are groomed, ironing done, cleaning done …… See my items for sale here: