Midweek Update: Needle Felting

May 4, 2008 at 2:17 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Here’s another needle felting tutorial: http://allbuttonedup.wordpress.com/2006/12/02/needle-felting-a-tutorial/

This is a different kind of felting, a more two-dimensional type. On my musty old list of “things to experiment with later” is the question of whether this type of needle felting could be used to create features on a cloth doll’s face. If anyone reading this has tried it, please leave a comment and let me know!

P.S. I just got back from the Brookside art show in Kansas City, and it was kind of disappointing. There weren’t nearly as many figurative artists as there were last year; in fact the entire show seemed smaller. Didn’t there used to be two big tents of artisans?


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Getting felt up

April 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Must… not… get… sucked in….!!!

I really, really don’t need a new hobby. Really, really don’t. In fact, fewer hobbies would probably make my life a lot easier. Needle felting is one of those things, though, that really, really tempts me. Argh.

Today I present to you a medley of excellent wool sculpture, also known as needle felting. I have selected these from Etsy because of their fine details and excellent sculptural qualities. I really have no idea how you start with a lump of wool and end up wih these awesome figures, but then, that’s what makes it so cool, right?

Etsy needlefelter

In literature, they have a term called “meta” which means a story that knows it’s a story, or a story within a story (Like the grandfather reading the book to the little boy in The Princess Bride). To my English-degreed mind, there’s something meta about a doll using a puppet. Go see this treasure at Snowman Central.

Fine Art Toys on Etsy Fine Art Toys from Etsy

Gosh, this owl makes me giggle, and I love the vivid colors in the cat. You usually don’t see this color palette in needle felting. Go and see Fing’s other work at Fine Art Toys. She also has some gorgeous matryoshka-inspired ladybugs, flower buds and caterpillars.

Handwork Naturals needle-felting from Etsy Handwork Naturals from Etsy

I think one of the coolest things about needle felting is that it can blur the line between painting and sculpture, something that this artist is taking advantage of. The two sculptures above, “Mother Earth,” and “Mushroom Community” are from Handwork Naturals.

Needle Felting from Etsy Needle Felting from Etsy Needle Felting from Etsy

Last, but certainly not least, is Rose Thistle Arts from Etsy. She has the most amazing talent for sculpting lifelike animals in wool. I can’t even sculpt portraits in my primary medium, so I have a deep respect for anyone who can. Rose Thistle animals aren’t just lifelike, though, they’re also beautiful. Sometimes it’s easy to do one or the other, but not both. Just lovely.

See you next week!

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