Jeremy the owl! He was sent for the needlebook swap, and I think it was a success. My partner loves it!
The first one is the "cover." The second is the center flap without needles (cover folded back), and the last one is the center flap with needles (those colors are much truer as well). The closure for the front is a bent nail. Jeremy is meant to look evil, but I have "programmed" him to protect his official owner. The center flap is meant to look like colors shooting out of a vortex. I don't know if that's what people get out of it, but that's how I envisioned it. I had fun making this, but it wasn't easy getting it done quickly. I'm working with some personal deadlines, so there were definitely a few full days of felting!
I was reading this forum awhile back and saw a post 10 or so back about "smoothing" projects. One bit of advice was to gently wet felt it with soap and your fingers. I tried that on one of my pieces, and it just made it ridiculously fuzzy. So then I figured I was too rough with the material, and I did it extremely gently with another piece. Still made it much fuzzier! What am I doing wrong?