HOW HOW TELL ME HOW TO SKIN THE DRAGON
Oww thank you so much for all your lovely comments!!!!
You are the best and made my day!
To give some anwsers on all the questions:
Our nieces (6 and 8 years old) have named them for us.
The red one is called Tokyo and the green grayish one is Madory!
I think it suits them well!
The dragies are completely made of wet felting. No sewing used what so ever.
I will try to make it understandable for nonfelters.
First we made a mold out of 'stucloop'.
I haven't got a clue how its called in english. It are rolls of error prints on cardboard. You use it normally when reconstructing your house or so, to protect the floor. Can anybody tell me what that's called in english?
Then you layer them with multiple thin layers of roving. First quite a thick layer of linning color. Then about 3 layers of the color you want to be visible at the outside.The roving is overlapping the mold so you don't see the edges of it anymore!
When you have spread out one side of the mold its time to add water with a little bit of soap through it.
rub rub rubberdy rub
When the wool is starting to hold together and begin to felt its time to change the animal on its other side.
This is the scary part! arr
When turned over first you fold over all the extended fluffiness over the edges of the mold (this sort of is the seam). Then you lay roving on this side. And start rub rub rubberdy rub with water and soap.
You work around the legs quite the same way. If you don't use to much soap in this stage the parts will felt together seamless.
When everything is in place you can put more energy in your rubbing and add more soap to your work.
Along the way we added shining christmas ribbon just underneath the last layer of roving.
The eyes are glass marbles felted in between 4 layers of roving and cut open when completely felted.
The hair, eyebrows, kittylike foodpads (is there a name for that?) on the red guy are needle felted when he was dry.
When he is rather strong it's time to put his guts aaah mold out by making an incision in his belly.
Now you can put all your energy in rubbing, massaging, throw, rock and torture him.
After drying (which takes a few days) we put wire in the body, legs and tail so that we can model them as we want.
Also in this stage we connected the wings to the inside body wiring.
Then it's time to fill them. We used a IKEA cushion because that was less expensive than filling material.
You could also use wool of course.
Last but not least the incision is stitched (so ALMOST no sewing) and needle felted together.
And that dear craftsters took about one week of hard work.
Well, I hope this whole story makes any sense to at least someone!