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« on: May 16, 2014 08:52:03 PM »

Hopefully, I have this in the right place.  She isn't a toy but more of a decoration.

When a dear friend asked me to make him a stuffed felt camel I thought, "Yeah, I can do that".  After all, I've designed lots of felties, all about 4" to 8" high.  When he asked for it to be about 2 ft tall, it became an instant challenge. 

I began by making a small one, about 7" tall, with a wire framework.  I didn't finish it completely but decided it would work. 

I then doubled the wire for the framework & made the full size one.  Too late, I learned that the wire wasn't strong enough to support him.  He will barely stand up.  I suppose I could finish him as a sitting down camel.

Hubby came to my rescue & helped me make a PVC pipe frame.  Did you know that you can heat the PVC with a heat gun & bend it into any shape you want?  Worked great!  I wrapped the frame in quilt batting & sewed the felt around it, adding more stuffing as needed.

I made a few adjustments to the pattern (added toes) & somewhere during the process, He became a She---Sahara.  When she was all decked out in her camel finery, I mailed her off to my friend---he loved her.    I was rather pleased with the results too.

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014 09:01:07 PM »

She is amazing! It's no wonder you friend loved her.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014 01:04:16 AM »

She is absolutely gorgeous!

I love her hooves and toes; and that is an amazingly detailed face she has Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014 06:06:22 AM »

She is gorgeous.  I love all the details, hooves and harness.
My son heats pvc pipe and bends it to make bows and arrows - well not the arrows obviously - but the bows.  It works amazingly well.
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014 12:41:08 PM »

Sahara is adorable. Your details on the livery are amazing.

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014 05:46:11 AM »

She's lovely!

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2014 06:56:08 AM »

Wow, that's awesome! I'm so impressed.

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014 04:09:31 AM »

That looks great!

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