Wild and Wooly World: Adventures in Needle Felting sculpted, not stuffed...
Making a tree of birds and butterflies...and moths I am hoping to be a vendor at the Bazaar Bizarre at the Maker Faire in May. I thought I'd make a tree in a Maker Faire kind of spirit, to display some of my wooly works, mainly a bunch of birds from the last couple of months. Here it is:
February 2014 in the East Bay
I started doing a series of birds after Christmas, inspired by ball shaped ornaments, where I start from a tennis ball size wool ball and then make a simple version of a specific species, going for the characteristic colors and markings.
The moths and butterflies are from last year and made as barrettes:
Tree making: take a roll of 9 gauge steel. Cut it up in lengths according to the size of tree you want. Then it's wire wrangling time . Cover it with tissue paper. Make the ends poke proof. Spray paint.
It's a very bouncy tree, the wires/ limbs flex in an interesting way. I'm thinking maybe tissue leaves?
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There is something wonderful about wool fiber. It is soft, light, and warm. It has all kinds of natural colors and then you can dye it too.
Next, there is the 'magic part'; how the needle felting needle interlock the fibers and create form and shape.
Also, you can pick up your needle and wool, work on it, put it down, go off, or bring it along... No major set up and clean up...just be sure to keep your needles safe. Finally, there is a satisfying crunch sound every time you poke the wool with your needle.
all you need...a needle...
a piece of good foam...
and your wool...
Since I am Swedish, but have lived the last decade and a half in the Bay Area, there are some Swedish related stuff. I am also very enarmoured with the nature of California, and nature and animals in general.