Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mr. Zero

I got commissioned by Mr. Zero's to make a needle felted sculpture of his mascot. It was such an interesting little character, I couldn't resist the opportunity!

Here's a closeup of his face, back when he was nothing more than a decapitated head:


And the finished product (in terrible lighting):

And a picture of Mr. Zero pimping his wares:


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Administrator Ripley

Please allow me to introduce you to one of my more recent creations, Administrator Ripley.

Sid Korpi, a friend of mine, played the administrator in the Christopher R. Mihm film "Attack of the Moon Zombies." (It's a great movie by the way, and you need to watch it!) After seeing a doll I'd made for a mutual friend of ours, she commissioned me to make one of her character. So I did, of course.

I think the most difficult part of this project was the hair. Getting the bangs to look just right was hard enough, but the rest of the curls were the most time-consuming and finicky part of all. I think the effort paid off, though. I showed those curls who's boss!

And now comes the part where I show her off....

























Thanks for looking!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Blueberry Experiment

I use so many different colors of wool in my needle felting, I've wondered if it would be worthwhile to learn how to dye my own. After a quick Google search of the subject, I came across an article called Making Natural Dyes from Plants. The method is actually surprisingly simple, so I decided to give it a try.

For my experiment, I decided to use blueberries. Those little bastards stain things without even trying, so I figured they'd work well. And of course, they have a pretty color. Anyway, here is the result:



As you can see, the color isn't very even. I assume this is because I added too much wool to the dye bath, as not all of it could be completely submerged. But I like the variation, so I'm happy with it regardless.

It was fun to give this a try, but with as time-consuming as the process is, I don't think I'll make it a regular practice at this point. Though I certainly look forward to trying this again in the springtime, when I can use the plants growing around my neighborhood. Don't worry, I'll share those results with you as well!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

The All-Father

I'd like to present to you the Norse god Odin, who was my first real project. I made him about a year ago, and I would say he turned out very well for my first piece. Making him only required countless hours of work and a few dozen needle jabs to my fingers. At least I can say that I literally bleed for my art! He was well worth the pain, I think.





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome!

Hello. Welcome. It's nice to meet you. Et cetera.

As the name of this blog implies, I'm kind of obsessed with felting. Needle felting, specifically. It is something I discovered a little over a year ago, and have been hopelessly hooked ever since. So now I present to you this, a humble forum with which I hope to share some of my pleasures and creations with all of you.

With that, let me introduce you to one of them, a maneki neko (beckoning cat) that I gave as a gift to my mother-in-law.



Thanks for looking. I hope to share more with you in the future!