Craft · Needle felting

9 adorable needle-felted animals

Fibre is the best. It is the most of all the funs. It is GREAT.

I still can’t knit, but that’s okay. I also can’t felt today, but that’s okay too! There is the interwebs which is full of pictures of things other people have made. Sure, it’s making me want to go do all the things, but I’ll store that inspiration away for another day and get excited.

Since I don’t have any new creations to share, I thought I’d show you folks some of the fun things I’ve seen around. If you haven’t seen what I needle-felted the other day for my partner, go take a look at a fuzzy narwhal.

I’ve tried to credit these, but they’re from Pinterest so no guarantees on the reliability. If you know something’s miscredited, lemme know and I’ll be sure to switch it up.

Cute raccoon felted toy
Maggie the Raccoon: Needle felted animal sculpture by The Woolen Wagon
Yorkie felted cutie thing
OOAK Realistic Miniature Yorkie
Needle felted baby seal, awww
Baby seal miniature on Etsy
Chinchilla, I think?
CUTE THING!
Sea otter adorable needle-felting
From here
The cutest of needle-felted sloths
The cutest of sloths
Cute needle-felted fox.
Cute fox! From here.
Fluffy needle-felted cat.
Fluffy needle-felted cat.
TINY RACCOONS. AAH.
TINY RACCOONS. AAH.

 

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Craft · Needle felting

Needle-felted narwhal? Why not.

So here’s the thing: my partner and I have been together for seven years as of today. I know, I know. Seven years, we’re old, etc. We’ve actually known one another since I was 16 and that was nearly 14 years ago, but let’s not think about that.

Hey, I just noticed we’ve been together half of the time we’ve known one another now. That’s pretty cool.

When we met I was still living with my mum, though shortly after we started talking I moved in with my dad. It was a terrible time all round; I was badly bullied at school and unaware (at the time) that I was struggling with what would turn out to be OCD. Having someone like my partner come into my life was pretty cool since we had so much in common and spoke every day that we could.

Of course, it took us seven years to get together, but that’s what you get when you live thousands of miles apart. Now we live in the same country – the same apartment, no less! – and we are happy.

To celebrate we went to the Science Centre in Toronto and then went out for dinner. We also bought 6 books at Indigo, because why not celebrate with stories about human-eating spiders? Today, our actual anniversary, we haven’t done much. MacDonalds all day breakfast and a wander around some furniture stores before an impressive storm pushed us home.

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(Thunder rumbled by as I uploaded this picture. It has a sense of drama.)

As most of you will know, knitting is something currently beyond my abilities. Despite lots of massage, stretching, and anti-inflammatory creams, I cannot wield knitting needles yet. That’s okay. There are other fun things to do. (I know, I know. It’s a hard life.)

Since 7 years together is either copper or wool, I figured my decision was easy. I bought WAY too much roving and got to work on a needle-felted narwhal.

Now, there’s logic here; my partner is big on narwhals. As I type she is drinking out of a narwhal mug, in fact! For Valentines this year, she drew me a picture of a raccoon (me) and a narwhal (her) hanging out. It’s a thing. Don’t judge us for being awesome, dude.

It turns out needle-felting is even more fun when done flat rather in a 3D shape. It’s like painting but with fluff. Yay.

I started out with a mix of blues, including some greeny silk I had laying around the place, with some white bits for added depth. This took far too long considering how simple it looks now that it’s done.

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Next, I added some seaweed. I had a small clump of green/brown/bronze fibre that I think might be alpaca, but don’t quote me on that. It’s been in my drawer for roughly 516 years. I’m not even sure where it came from, but I do know it’s been there since before I moved back to England that one time.

This was a lot of fun to do. 10/10 would stab with barbed needles again.

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Once that part was done, I started on the narwhal! EXCITING TIMES. I build up a bubble of white and fashioned it into a vague sort of whale shape, mostly hoping for the best rather than actually knowing what I’m doing. It turned out alright though.

Narwhals are blue, you know. As is water. Fortunately, I had a bunch of shades around because apparently I own more roving than I ever thought I would.

The horn was the most fun part. I made a white cone by just felting it a bit between my hands, then wound a small piece of black fluff, I mean roving, around it. Then I stabbed it a whole bunch until it was felting into place.

(Descriptions like that are why I shouldn’t write ‘how to’ articles.)

At this point I realised everything would kind of fade into itself, so I did a thing. I made that black fluffy twirl go all around the edges of the whale. I’m really pleased I did it; it gave it depth and makes it really stand out from the rest of the picture.

I mean, it literally stands out because it’s a bump, but that’s not the point.

It gives it a cartoonish air which is fun and defines it a lot more. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and my partner seems to like it. She’s put it up above her small forest she has on her table.

Here’s the finished image, before I made it pretty on a wooden frame:

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I’ll be coming back to this medium for sure. It’s a lot of fun and I have a dozen ideas already.

Who among you folks has tried this before? If you have any links, I’d love to see your creations!

Craft · Needle felting

The Magic of Tiny Things

This weekend was a long one. It was Family Day in Ontario which meant I could spend Monday doing whatever I wanted and still get paid for it; my favourite kind of day off. My girlfriend and I had cleaned on Sunday and been out for dinner/arcade fun on Saturday, so we had Monday to relax.

As a result, I decided that I was going to make a thing. But that thing was not to be crochet or knit, oh no. This thing was to be something a little different.

A while back (I’m speaking 2012) I did an open-house class on needle-felting at my local yarn store. We made tiny cat toys. It’s a very vague memory but it made me want to try more; I just never got around to it. I have since tried needle-felting a few times on and off, but mostly I’ve just made splodges of fluffy into slightly denser splodges of fluff, so it hasn’t been much use.

This time I had an image in my head of what I wanted to make, so I made it. And now I have a tiny raccoon in my life.

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His name is George.

George may be my favourite random creation in a long time. I keep picking him up and going ‘awwww!’ and putting him back down again. Repeat ad nauseum. I love raccoons enough to get an enormous tattoo of one, so it’s not surprising I am so enamoured of this thing, but it’s not just that.

Guys, needle-felting is super satisfying. You know all that pent up rage over politics and injustice that many of us are feeling? It is INCREDIBLY THERAPEUTIC to stab something hundreds of times with a very sharp needle. Even if a few of those stabs were accidentally in your finger. Ow.

Worth it.

I have Ideas now. I want to make many little creatures. While I don’t think this is something I will do all the time like knitting, it’s certainly a good way to reset the brain and try something different.

Plus, tiny raccoon. That’s basically my entire point.

Have you guys ever tried it?