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« on: December 15, 2013 05:22:15 AM »

My son's friend asked me to make a hedgehog for him to give to his girlfriend for Christmas.



I think she will be pleased!! =^..^=

I did, out of curiousity, go looking for "hedgehog mohair" since that fabric really does a great job of looking like hedgehog spines, but it is next to impossible to find in the States. Some day I will get some and do a more realistic hedgehog and see how that turns out.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013 02:14:08 PM »

Such a cute hedgie!  I love the variations of color you used on the prickles.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013 03:23:03 PM »

Ahh adorable! She is going to love it.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013 05:29:19 PM »

I, uh, think you misunderstood your son's friend. He wanted to give it to ME, not his girlfriend! xD Great job, he's just brimming with personality. I really like how you did his spines, too, it's a great mix between cartoony and realistic.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013 03:26:03 AM »

Thanks!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

I should find out today what my son's friend thought of it. My son took it off with him yesterday when he and all his friends meet up.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2013 02:38:13 AM »

Your hedgehog is too cute! Smiley And he has been recognized here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427870.msg5136253#new
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013 06:11:18 AM »

Thank you very much!!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

I've been told that the hedgehog has been named Hazel!! (and spent her first day out in the world riding the back of tanks in a 40K match)
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013 12:31:02 PM »

adorable!  I love the textures you get felting...like real fur and spines!
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013 10:49:46 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2013 05:03:34 AM »

Thank you very much!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

What a nice way to end the year!!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2013 09:52:22 PM »

My year hasn't quite ended, yet. But a wonderful project all the same. I agree with what has been said. A very wonderful work of art. Neat colors, neat use of your materials, and a very cute stuffie to cuddle. Glad you made it into the gallery. You deserve it, for sure.

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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2014 06:37:13 AM »

wow, the texture of the prickles is incredible. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014 01:37:22 PM »

How adorable!  I'm sure he was loved!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2014 12:01:29 PM »

What a cutie!!! I like how you did the spikes too and have to agree with the mohair comment- really hard to find.
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2014 05:18:32 AM »

Thanks!!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

The spikes were made from Shetland fiber which has a short staple and a very fine crimp. Basically I separated enough fiber for each spike - needled the tips together and then rolled the fiber between finger and palm*. Even with its short staple, I still trimmed the fiber to appropriate length for this hedgehog. Time consuming, but effective. The resulting spikes were needled into the body alternating between the light and dark colors and working from the tail towards the head.

*I may have used a drop of water on my palm when rolling the spikes - I don't recall, but that certainly wouldn't hurt and might have assisted in making their shape more stable. 
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2014 10:30:32 PM »

An online friend of mine, who started felting recently, added a drop of elmer's glue (possibly diluted) to her felted snail sculpture (antennae) and it looked beautiful... would make really neat needles for any hedgie, if anyone would be up to making 286 of them in that manner Cheesy

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