Needle-Felted Kitty

Just finished this needle-felted cat for a commission:

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The cat is 100% wool and needle-felted all the way through. It took a long time because of its size: 10 inches. That doesn’t seem so big but when you’re poking tiny needles to get the wool to felt, it takes a really long time.

The scarf and eyes are also needle-needle felted; the scarf for the look and pattern and the eyes for safety, since it’s going to be a gift for a young child.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the result of being understatedly cute not over-the-top cartoony. Hopefully, the recipient will like too.

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Needle-felted goldfish: fish out of water

Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water. Do you ever feel like that?
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This is a needle-felted goldfish I did for fun. I like the look on its face because it looks the way I feel sometimes. Underneath the fish, is a cropping of a watercolour piece that is used in my blog header.

I’ve got so many things going on personally and artistically. This blog and connecting with people in a public manner is new for me. I don’t know which issue I should tackle first or which direction I should take. In the past when I felt overwhelmed, I would break things down to bite-sized pieces. I am attempting to do just that while writing this post:

  • I feel torn between different art media, because time is short
  • I feel inadequate in developing a larger audience
  • I feel I need more space to work, but do not want to encroach on house space
  • I feel I should be making things to sell, but now I’m immersed in honing my art skills
  • I always feel overwhelmed by housework that needs to be kept in check or I will have an instant sty
  • I feel I need to be present for my family instead of always thinking about art

I think I have to evaluate these things. Suggestions and advice are welcome.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

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Cacti, a group shot

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Here’s some needle-felted potted cacti I’ve been working on. They are decorative but also functional; they are pincushions so the pot is entirely filled with 100% wool. Just so you know, wool is expensive and needle-felting is time-consuming. The details on the third cactus from the left, are embroidered coral glass beads and felted pebbles.

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Kitty

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I made a needle-felted kitty. It looks black in the pictures but actually it’s a very dark charcoal. The eyes are hand-painted glass cabochons and the limbs are movable and string-jointed. It’s the first “jointed” stuffie that I made. I’ll probably experiment with more jointed systems. Overall I think I’m satisfied with the way it turned out.

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Baerschweinchen

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A little story about this bear-piglet: in German there is a term called Innerer Schweinehund. It means “inner pig-dog” which is equivalent to “inner devil” or personal demons. I thought would be funny to make different personifications of hybrid animals in little stuffie form.

This little bear-piglet is the first stuffie I ever made, fully crocheted with pure wool and needle felted. The eyes are handmade.

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a stuffie for a stuffie

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I thought I would make a toy for the miniature bear.  I wanted to make a really simple felted stuffie, it turned out to be a rabbit but the scale was a bit off. To fit the bear, the bunny would have to be smaller even though it already is quite small.

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