July 3, 2009

Elephant Needle Felt Sculpture








A wonderful Japanese book called Felt Zoo inspired me to try a needle felted sculpture. I have been needle felting for some time, but other than a bead or rope, I have never tried a three dimensional object.  It was a challenge but very enjoyable. It was completed in an afternoon. Mr B. has been collecting elephants for quite some time and I am always on the look out for a new medium to add to his obsession. This was a Father's Day present along with some very nice Pro-V golf balls. He really loves it and I do too. We decided together that she had a definite female personality. Her name is "Binky", not my idea...??? 

It may sound a little scary, but I really think the dolls and other toys I make, become alive to me. They all have a distinct personality that seems to tell a story. Okay, hmmm....

If you have any interest in trying needle sculpting with wool fiber, I would recommend this book. although it would be great if you could translate Japanese, as with most of their excellent craft books, you don't need to. The illustrations are easy to understand and dimensions are given in metric. There are many books out there on the subject as well as internet tutorials, and of course, various objects to create. This particular book had a wide variety of realistic animals with delightful details. I am tempted to give this chipmunk a try. Our cats will love it!




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