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Topic: Teto the squirrel-fox! (Any Miyazaki fans out there?)  (Read 1432 times)
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Nandra
« on: August 14, 2013 07:15:55 PM »

As soon as I'd finished my Nausica cosplay, I realized I had a golden opportunity: the perfect excuse to have a Teto of my very own! For those of you not familiar with the manga, Teto is a fox squirrel - a notoriously untamable creature, but one who develops a strong friendship with the heroine. (Some reference pics: http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130417170846/studioghibli/images/7/76/Nausicaa_and_Teto.jpg and http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/3695/406348-6264_large.jpg)

Bottom line: I love Teto. If I were a genetic engineer, a fox squirrel would be my top priority. But I'm a crafter, so I turned to needle felting in order to bring him to life. (And THANK YOU, fiber arts community of Craftster - you're the ones who introduced me to needle felting and made me realize it would be the ideal medium!) This is my first attempt at the craft, and I'm totally hooked on it now.

Okay, enough rambling. Here are some pics!












If anyone is interested in the process I used, I can post some progress pictures as well. He's got a soldered armature, making him very poseable. Also, rather than completely felting his outside layer of fur, I chose to felt it on in wefts, like one does for a long-haired critter; I thought it gave him a more lifelike appearance and texture. Oh, and speaking of texture - his white fur is alpaca, making him oh-so-very-cuddleable!! I can't stop petting him!

I just can't believe how cool needle felting is! I'm so grateful to you Craftster geniuses for opening my eyes to this awesome medium.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013 07:54:20 PM »

Love, love, love him.  So cute - what a great piece.  I've very envious!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013 08:04:51 PM »

super cute!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013 08:26:10 PM »

He is such an adorable creature. Great job on the needle felting too.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013 11:59:17 PM »

Thank you so much! =D I'm glad you guys like him!
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2013 03:52:54 AM »

Adorable!!! =^..^=

THere are a lot of interesting creatures in Manga and Anime!! I'm very fond of Studio Ghibli!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013 03:06:25 PM »

I love Teto, and yours is wonderful! I can't believe this is your first go at needle-felting. Any chance of a shot of him on your shoulder?
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2013 12:49:24 PM »

Yaay! Another Teto lover!  Wink  Oh my gosh, that was the first thing I had to try - finding the best position for perching him on my shoulder. I'll have to upload a picture. I must say, he also sits admirably on my head. Or on other people's, when they're least expecting it and I sneak up behind them.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013 09:07:40 AM »

What a sweet face he's got, he's beautiful.
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2013 09:30:00 AM »

He is adorable. I love anything Ghibli/Miyazaki <3
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