April 16, 2014

Jodie Wins a $25 Gift Certificate to LivingFelt.com!

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needle felted dog ornament

Jodie Davis of Ohio has been a long time felting friend and customer of Living Felt.
This year, she shared a sentimental note and a needle felt with us via private message and later a post on facebook:

Just before Thanksgiving this year I had to make the decision to put my 13 1/2 yr old Chessie, Maggie, to sleep.
I had been saving her wonderfully curly hair for some time now ,(ever since I started needle felting) I decided to make an Angel ornament for my tree.

I dug thru my many bags of Merino [batting] and found a very close match and mixed the two together,
( her hair was too short to needle felt alone). I used core wool for the wings. She now hangs on the front of my tree.”

About sharing Sweet Maggie with our mutual felting friends, Jodie said: “I won’t mind if you publish her elsewhere,
it may give someone else incentive. I have already started saving hair from my younger dog:)”

Thank you, Jodie. Maggie will inspire many, many more.

Needle Felted Rotty by Foster Daughter

Needle Felted Dog Rottweiler Rotty

Needle Felted Dog Rottweiler Rotty

Brandie Rushing’s foster-to-forever daughter needle felted this wonderful Rottweiler on her first try!

They made this great dog to help keep her company in her new home. What a great companion!

They made him out with the Clover Pen Tool, New Zealand Corriedale Black, LIVING FELT CW-1 Core Wool, and MC-1 Merino Cross Batting Goody Bag.

Sweet Annie, The Needle Felted Dog & Fall Mascot

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Sweet Annie, the Needle Felted Brown and White Dog with Pumpkin

This adorable little dog, named Sweet Annie, was needle felted by Robyn Weaver of California! “This is the fur child of the person I ‘sent to’ for the 2012 Peace Felt event. This was the first time I participated in the Peace Felt project and I had such a great time. I met two wonderful people, both my giver and my receiver. They are wonderful people and we have stayed in touch all through the year.”

Sweet Annie, the Needle Felted Brown and White Dog with Pumpkin

Sweet Annie was needle felted using Core Wool, Merino Cross Batt Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Brown, Bright White, and New Zealand Corriedale Black.

Sweet Annie, the Needle Felted Brown and White Dog with Pumpkin

 ”…I want to tell you how wonderful I think your products are. Over several years now, I have ordered a variety of wool from you and have NEVER been disappointed. I’ve always gotten a warm, sincere feeling every time I’ve dealt with Living Felt.”

Thank you for your kind words, Robyn, and for sharing your charming Sweet Annie with us! She is the perfect mascot for a wonderful Autumn Season!

 

Needle Felted English Springer Spaniel

Needle Felted Springer Spaniel Dog

Needle Felted Springer Spaniel Dog

Roxana Wins a $25 Gift Certificate to the  Living Felt store!

Roxana Bowman-McKinnie of Florida needle felted this gorgeous English Springer Spaniel from Living Felt wool.
She writes, “This is a large English Springer Spaniel of one of my heart dogs that I lost to cancer in 2009. Made her with multiple needles. The body is core wool. The outside is NZ Corriedale wool and silk blend for the ears.”

Happy Mother’s Day Needle Felted Samoyed and Her Pups

Needle Felted White Samoyed Dog

Needle Felted White Samoyed Dog

This cute little Samoyed dog family was needle felted by Marianne Oberbillig in Wisconsin! This isn’t her first Samoyed, she loves to felt them! She shared that she loves to use New Zealand Corriedale White, especially for all her little doggies!

Thank you for sharing  your always sweet creations!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Needle Felted Corgi Sporting his Love

Needle Felted Dog Corgi with Heart

This little one proudly shares his heart!

“Folks who love Corgis REALLY love Corgis, and our  corgis love us right back.  Ever dog i do pushes my skill level, especially in regards to joining  the extremities to the body.  Working on these “Valentines” also helped me hone my ‘shape felting’ craft.  Hearts are fun and easy, but do take a bit of time.”

Miranda uses locally grown and dyed Wensleydale and mixed wools, and Living Felt felting needles, felting tools and needle felting foam.

Miranda Rommel – Monmouth, OR

Needle Felted Dog  Corgi with Heart

Yoshe – An Adorable Dog in Felt and in Real Life

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Meet Yoshe — she is the star in the laest felted art series by Marianne Oberbillig.  She does dog agility, likes a nice bath and really likes to sleep! Marianne uses Living Felt Merino Cross Batts which she refers to as “the fast felting wool” and nothing but a #40 needle.

The “real” Yoshe is pictured in one photo nuzzling mini-Yoshe.  Its always a treat to get a submission from Marianne, you can see more from her via this link our blog.

Marianne Oberbillig
Lake Mills, WI

Tiny Critters that Will Capture Your Heart

Needle Felted Owls

Jessie Dockins has a knack for capturing the animal spirit in her wooly creations.

“…needle felted using Living Felt’s Merino Cross Batt Studio Felting Pack.  I call them a trio of tiny tubby owls.  The owl I’m holding is 1/2 inch tall and the other two are each 1 inch tall.  They have brown glass eyes and I sculpted their little beaks from polymer clay.  I loved using batting from a studio pack because I didn’t need to think about matching colors!  They were a joy to make and each time I look at them, they make me smile.”

Posable needle felted chipmunk

Needle Felting in sizes right down to the teeny tiny, she still brings her pieces to life!  Jessie sent us photos of some of her favorite pieces made with Living Felt wool,
and  we asked her to share with you some tips for working in miniatures. 


Barklee is a needle felted dog, wool over wire armature…he was made in loving memory of boxer that passed away.

As in the Living Felt studio, Jessie uses wooden skewers to make beaks, fingers, and similarly shaped parts, and she says,

“When working on tiny animals, I think it’s even more important than usual to make sure all parts are symmetrical.  I also add less detail than I would to larger critters- too much detail on a small animal looks too busy.  It’s better to start smaller than you want your animal to be and then build it up- it’s a lot easier to add wool than to try to felt something enough to make it smaller.  I use a pair of tweezers to hold eyes and beaks and talons in place while glue is setting.”


Needle Felted Frogs, wool over wire armature. These little  frogs are posable!

Needle Felted Owls

 ” I suppose the best tip I can think of when working on small creations, is to take your time and always know where your fingers are!”

We agree! And we love sharing Jessie’s creations with you…but you can see even more if you visit her Etsy Shop,
she can even needle felt custom creations just for you.

Three Dogs and a Cat on Etsy

Who Smells Trouble?

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Here’s the latest piece from Sheryl Smith, and she smells trouble!

She says, “A springer spaniel has discovered a nest of baby skunks and is unaware that Mama Skunk is right behind.

 The skunks and the dog are made with black and white Merino Cross Batt, and black and white NZ Corriedale, all from Living Felt.

“Because of the small scale of the dog, the wool ears I felted weren’t long enough to hang down floppy, they stuck out instead of flopped down, so I removed the first ears and I made new ears using actual springer spaniel fur cut from my own dog! ”

“I think your mohair wool would have worked great but I didn’t have any so I made do, and my dog was happy to contribute to the project,” Sheryl tells us.

The hollow log is real. and Sheryl bought it at Petco in the reptile department.

Watch out pet owners! This one could get stinky!

Move Over Spuds! There’s a New Pup in Town

Bull Terrier

An adorable Bull Terrier for dog lovers, needle felted
by Lori Ann Levy-Holms

This is fantastic! Check out this cute little Bull Terrier by Lori Ann Levy-Holms.

She says, “I love your wool and I am having a wonderful time learning this new craft! Thank you very much!
-Lori Ann is from Valencia, CA.

We’re really happy to share this cute little fella with our Felting Friends.