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31  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blending Wool Colors with a brush on: January 27, 2009 11:00:59 PM
I use dog brushes to card my wool too. And yes I do get some knots, but its a matter of practice. Here is a pic of my brush when I was blending poodle fur with wool (I have two of these brushes).



Here is a really helpful youtube tutorial that may help:

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=3-eEP8fUAnY&feature=PlayList&p=B659AD8E396311BB&playnext=1&index=64

32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: needlefelting cat fur to make a memorial effigy on: January 27, 2009 10:54:41 PM
Sorry to hear about your cat.  Undecided

I haven't used cat fur as yet, but I have used poodle fur and terrier fur.
But I don't just use the fur itself; I always blend it in with wool, so its more about incorporating the fur into the felted sculpture rather than using it as is (like in taxidermy).

Maybe some one else has done this with success but I find you need the wool to felt, otherwise the fur just falls out (unless its really fluffy).

Hope this helps.  Smiley
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: adding small / fine detail? on: December 30, 2008 03:48:18 PM
First to make highlights for eyes or say the pupil, I would roll the small amount of fibres in my fingers just to keep the wool together. Trying to wrangle individual fibres is a nightmare! So roll the fibres into a tiny ball in your fingers then needle it in place. It will take practice, but rule of thumb is to use more than you want, as everything you needle usually reduces in size.

With linear details, I usually apply the same technique. For example a stripe on a tabby cat: I would pull out some fibres, then roll them together to make like a teeny tiny rope (this is hard to explain in words!) along the length, so that the fibres stay together and you're not dealing with individual fibres. Then needle it in place.

Best thing to do is to needle felt a ball and practice on it with eyes and lines etc. You'll get the hang of it, just practice, practice, practice.  Smiley

Good luck!
34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Comparison of sculptures 2 years apart on: December 30, 2008 03:06:32 PM
I recently had a friend ask me to repair a sculpture I made of his dog - it lost an ear. I made the staffy almost 2 years ago, and my technique has evolved a lot since then. So I decided to repair the sculpture and make a new one.
So here is the result:



Sculpture #149 (Ruby the staffy December 30 2008) on the left and sculpture #4 (Ruby the staffy January 10 2007) on the right.

And here is the real Ruby:



What a difference 2 years makes!  Smiley
35  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Merry Christmas Everyone! on: December 19, 2008 08:33:31 PM
Have a safe festive season and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful work in 2009!
 Grin

36  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Specimens -Art pieces Image Heavy on: December 18, 2008 10:41:12 PM
 Shocked
WOW! That is one amazing piece!
37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: 2nd poodle with poodle fur on: November 28, 2008 04:24:33 PM
Can you tell me approximately how much dog hair you used with the wool?  Like 50/50 or such?

I also want to try using some on my angora bunny's fur and have bought those small cards to mix the fibers.

It depends on the condition and quality of the fur.
I think I used about 75/25 wool to poodle fur approximately. I used Airedale fur before and that was more 90/10 wool to fur. I embellished the finished sculptures with more fur afterwards.
Its just a question of experimentation and trial and error I'm afraid!

Good luck!  Smiley
38  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: 2nd poodle with poodle fur on: November 15, 2008 11:14:02 PM
 Smiley
I get my eyes from JNCSHOP.
Their website is:
http://www.glasseyesonline.com/

They have an eBay store also:
http://stores.ebay.com/JNCSHOP


39  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: 2nd poodle with poodle fur on: November 15, 2008 05:02:25 PM
I just received as a birthday present, a book called "Fleece Dogs", which tells you how to do just this -- use dog fur (w/ or w/o sheep wool) to replicate your dog.  It looks really cool and I'd love to try it!

That's the book that inspired me to needle felt! I had never heard of needle felting before coming across Fleece Dogs by accident in a bookstore.

Here is a pic of my very first needle felted dog. It took me only 2 hours, but I have progressed somewhat since then! That was almost 2 years ago now, and my sculptures take me more like 12 hours and are more firmly felted.  Smiley
I've become more obsessed with detail.

40  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: 2nd poodle with poodle fur on: November 15, 2008 05:31:35 AM
LOL
Well I guess I'm just mixing dog hair with sheep "hair"!! So to speak.

I have done a few memorial sculptures with fur from passed away pets. I guess its a good way to use the fur other than just having it in a box somewhere. (People save locks of people's hair.)

I don't feel as creeped out if I know the dog (or cat) is still living though, I must admit. But I guess I kind of understand why it can mean so much to someone at the same time.  Smiley

This particular dog is still alive (18 years old apparently!!!).

My sculptures fit in the palm of your hand, and I don't market them as toys, only because they aren't conducive to heavy handling! They're to look at not to play with!  Wink
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