I made this for the Neil Gaiman swap, from the Poppet pattern Ghilie has generously shared with Craftster (thanks!). I made some minor modifications (hands and feet instead of paws, different ears). She's my first poppet. It was a lot of fun working on this project; I look forward to making another one.
Her earrings and hair detail (it's short and blonde/yellow on one side, dyed and long on the other)
ETA: For those who don't know who Delirium is - here's a Wikipedia entry about her. I based this on how she looks in Brief Lives, though - it's somewhat similar but not identical to the picture on the Wikipedia page.
I made this two-headed baby goat for a friend who lives on the other side of the country, so I haven't seen him in a very long time. It will be sad to see him go, but I know my friend will make a good home for him
He's made of what I guess is supposed to be fake fur, but it's very short fibers, so its texture is almost like fleece. Details like the horns are felt.
This is my second attempt at anything remotely realistic with polyclay. The face is still crude, the proportions are definitely not right in a lot of places, and I kinda wish I hadn't used a finish (matte was nowhere near as matte as I'd hoped, should have tested it first), but she's still a considerable improvement over her pajamaed predecessor, who she's kind of a rethinking/replacement of:
At 21, my foolish brother thinks he really doesn't need any more stuffed animals. In fact, he thinks he should have stopped receiving them about ten years ago. Obviously he is so very wrong, so my mother and I make a point of giving him a weird or cool stuffed animal every year. For this year, I've made a deep-sea anglerfish for him.
The stitching on the fins and the bead at the end of his tentacle-thing glow in the dark, just like a real anglerfish, which uses its glowing to lure food.
I wish the teeth were straighter, but other than that, I'm fairly happy with him. Plus, an anglerfish is one of the few animals I have actually never seen available as a stuffie commercially, so this is probably the only way my brother could get one, which is kinda cool.
My first needlefelted creatures that I liked enough to post...
I like the squid best, though I wish I'd been able to make the ends of his tentacles less wispy, but on something as small as that I'm having trouble with every thrust of the needle neatening up one side (as the fibers go in) and messing up the other side (as the fibers go out)...
So, a mere three months after I finished making it, my boyfriend finally let me take a picture of him in the kilt I made for him.
Here's the kilt itself:
And since that first picture may as well just be a black quadrilateral, here's a way-brightened picture to show some actual detail:
And, the essential action shot...
He has yet to wear it outside, but he's worn it in the house on a few occasions now. Of course soon it'll be too cold to wear outside
I used "X Kilt" instructions, which I was referred to by this post though I ended up using a later version of the same instructions, from here, though I opted for knife pleats, snap closure, and cargo pockets (because what the boyfriend really wanted was a Utilikilt, I made it as similar as I could). It took about a solid weekend's work for the main thing, and a few more hours for the pockets and beltloops. Time-consuming but not really difficult as such, and I'm definitely pleased with the result.
Inherited old felt that I want to use up (its structural integrity is less than that of modern felt) + an hour to kill = this rabbit. He's not so impressive, but he turned out pretty close to how I envisioned so I'm pleased with him enough. A simple and uncomplicated rabbit, vaguely inspired by long-ago toys... the lack of features is definitely an intentional choice. I'd thought about doing two stitches for a nose, but I like him better without, I think.
The color's not quite as ugly as it looks in the picture, it's more of a sky blue...
Even hanging out with his friends, he still won't smile, what a crabby apple!
This time, I actually made some record of what I was doing before doing it, so here's a pattern of sorts:
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/6715/crabapplepatterndc2.jpg The coin on the piece is a quarter, for scale. I would actually very slightly elongate the pieces if I was doing it again, as he ended up a bit more squat than I had intended. The corner-ish shapes on the lower half are for the apple-shape (most visible in the second picture - four bumps on the bottom); for a more spherical apple those could be left off.
He's made of four wedges of that shape, and a tiny rectangle of felt for his stem, tucked into the seam (make sure it's pointing to what will be the outside). One of the wedges is embroidered with the face, before it's stitched to the others. And of course, it doesn't have to be a crabapple, it could be a happy apple (happle?)
I'm brand-new at needle-felting (just got my needles in the mail today!) and while I've read most of the tutorials here and the stickied resources thread, I'm still confused about where to get some of the materials.
The tutorials I've read all call the white wool that is used as the core of the project "wool batt" but so far as I've seen, none of the websites sell anything that is simply called "wool batt." I know those websites mostly cater to multiple kinds of crafts - spinning, wet felting, etc - but I know nothing about fibers, so I'm wondering, can anyone tell me exactly what I need and point me at a website or two where I could buy it? I'm good on the colored rovings and stuff, just confused about the batt for the core of projects.