Thanks for all the compliments, guys! My duckling is now with my mother, hence the general lack of pictures... but I was mega-proud of him, hahaha.
Nandra, I won't lie... I honestly found a little yarn store, bought a kit for a hedgehog on a whim, bought 1 yard of white roving, and then the 3 things I've made have just kinda been all trial and error. I actually didn't have internet or computers while I was making the 1st two, just the picture of the hedgehog from the kit. The duckling was mostly by memory (that being said, I'm getting my grad degree as a vet....). As far as hobbies go, I'm finding it one of the most intuitive of the ones I regularly do, which is why I'm really interested in learning more about it. Um... I'm not really sure what else to say! Haha.
This is my third needle-felted fella... meet Portico. =) He was made for a dear love of mine, who happens to be TOO FAR AWAY right now...
My mom commented that his butt was too big. Too bad. I like big butts. =P
He also traveled with me a little. He's a worldly little polar bear.
Just for reference, my first and second projects, left to right respectively.
I'd love to get better at this craft! I'm finding it SUPER satisfying. Any comments/criticism is greatly appreciated! That, and perhaps some knowledge of where to get more roving.... And are more needles required? I've only got the one that the first kit came with.
Oh goodness, he's too quirky and adorable. I looooove the proportions on these two. The flamingo.... <33333. Love that pose, love the awkward little square eye, love those exaggerated body parts. I'm just a wee bit jealous of your friend!
Hey, haha, I make snot liquid soap all the time... and have 1 tip to add so that your family and friends will use the soap too. Mine were horrified at first, but this seems to fix it, more or less.
Basically, what you have is just all one mass of goo, right? I had read that whisking or blending the soap helped, but didn't quite understand why. You can literally cut the soap in half by just using scissors or anything with an edge... and that's what will make it more liquid like. In other words, if you "cut" the soap enough times, the goo will be in so many pieces that it'll be indistinguishable from normal soap. So, all I do is whisk, whisk, whisk while it's still heated. You can't see the difference while it's hot, but it's much easier to break it up then, rather than when it's all gelled again. I don't have any type of mechanized blending device, so I just use an egg-beater and try to not to get too much air in it (unless you like that look, haha).
I work outside a heck of a lot, and one of the things I always need (and always wear out) are rainboots! It's hard to find a pair that you can actually run in, so when I found a pair, I bought them... even if they're just plain grey. Just in case you're wondering, they're the Kamik brand, which are surprisingly snug, not boxy and floppy at all like most rainboots.
I had a silver DecoColor marker lying around... and approx 20 minutes later, here are the results.
Note: Not sure if this'll actually hold up in the rain or not, no promises. Could probably be done with a silver sharpie if I had one on hand. The silver color here is RIDICULOUSLY reflective - super eye-catching. I personally love it and think it'll be perfect for cutting through those foggy, gross days. Also, you can easily tell that I drew this without sketching and in a short amount of time, hahaha, no laughing at my wonky fish. =P The lighter silver color is actually from the marker running out. Whoops! It worked out well for trying to fill in the shoal of fish, though.
This is BEYOND amazing. That little guy holds so much personality with every tilt of his head and feet. I'm super impressed that his anatomy is so flawless too, and oh my goodness those little hooves and teeny blanket and that LOCK OF HAIR! <3
You are so very very VERY talented. And I love both your story and the photos that the recipient sent, hehe, soo charming!
For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Portuguese Man O' War Jellyfish is a conglomerate of a few jelly species working together to create a biological fiend. Stringing tentacles that can reach up to 30m long trail along under a buoyant sail of a body, trapping unfortunate animals in its wake (Well, they just drift, but whatever). They're SUPER pretty too, so look up a photo on google images or something. The colors on their sail are INCREDIBLE.
I'd really like to create a little hat like structure for myself to wear. I figured I'd just wear all black (leggings and top), with this cascade of ruffled fabric cascading down, perhaps some wool dreads if I learn to make them. Mardi gras beads or those curtains made of beads would also give me the other tentacle type. But what of the sail?!
my beautiful paint image of what I'm somewhat imagining. Hahaha. I think that beigestuff would come down more like earflaps - maybe the sail could be mounted on a hat with earflaps?
Is anyone familiar with any sort of material that would be stiff, malleable, and translucent enough for the sail? Could I maybe just make it with plastic and something hot (and how many dangerous fumes would that release)? Any feedback much much much appreciated!
That embroidery is exquisite, and the little "bling" you threw on there gives it the perfect touch! Great way to use up all those little trinkets and baubles that you occasionally find (or lose the pair to).
Ahh, this is such a simple fix for all those outgrown shirts - love itttt! Thanks for the fantastic idea and sharing the shirts. They look great and all the potential color/pattern combos is getting me really excited!