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11  Merry Christmas Everyone! in Felting: Completed Projects by feltpets on: December 19, 2008 08:33:31 PM
Have a safe festive season and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful work in 2009!

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12  Re: 2nd poodle with poodle fur in Felting: Completed Projects by feltpets on: November 15, 2008 05:02:25 PM
I just received as a birthday present, a book called "Fleece Dogs", which tells you how to do just this -- use dog fur (w/ or w/o sheep wool) to replicate your dog.  It looks really cool and I'd love to try it!

That's the book that inspired me to needle felt! I had never heard of needle felting before coming across Fleece Dogs by accident in a bookstore.

Here is a pic of my very first needle felted dog. It took me only 2 hours, but I have progressed somewhat since then! That was almost 2 years ago now, and my sculptures take me more like 12 hours and are more firmly felted.  Smiley
I've become more obsessed with detail.

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13  2nd poodle with poodle fur in Felting: Completed Projects by feltpets on: November 15, 2008 01:52:00 AM
This is my second needle felt sculpture using poodle fur given to me by the owner of the dog.

I carded some of the fur with wool, then I embellished the sculpture with just the poodle fur so the curls were more obvious.
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14  Needle felted poodle with real poodle fur! in Felting: Completed Projects by feltpets on: October 24, 2008 12:34:45 AM
My second stab at using real dog fur, but this time I used a lot more as I was given quite a bit of it. So about 75% of it is actually poodle fur. I mixed the fur with some natural sheep wool (that happened to match perfectly) and I used it for the base of the sculpture. Then I used just the fur over the top, on the ears and on top of the head.

Here is the fur I was given (in the bag) and the sheep wool:

And here is the finished sculpture:

And the actual poodle:

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  Smiley
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15  Puffy scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by feltpets on: September 24, 2008 04:11:24 AM
I used puff stitch to make this scarf for a friend's birthday present.  Smiley

Its really long so it can be wrapped cosily around the neck at least twice.
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16  Chi in a basket in Felting: Completed Projects by feltpets on: June 19, 2008 12:31:51 AM
A honey chihuahua in a wee little basket.

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17  Fingerless gloves in Crochet: Completed Projects by feltpets on: June 15, 2008 11:57:00 PM
After a few tests of different crochet stitches...

And a couple of dodgy versions, one waaayy too big, the other not snug enough...

I finally got the gloves pretty much right.

They're not perfect, but they fit and are quite comfortable. The mistakes are not obvious and only I know that the thumbs aren't exactly the same!  Grin
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18  First amigurumi toys in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by feltpets on: June 11, 2008 01:59:40 AM
These are my first attempts at amigurumi's using a great little book of patterns.
I think I can now try to create something of my own.  Grin
I'm still trying to work out the whole ply vs crochet hook size issues.

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19  Heat Bag Buddies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by feltpets on: June 06, 2008 10:40:35 PM

Its winter here in Australia, so I made some heat bag buddies for my friend's kids. They are filled with wheat grain and are made with hand dyed and made felt.
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20  My first needle felt workshop in Felting: Discussion and Questions by feltpets on: May 20, 2008 05:44:25 AM
So I taught my first needle felting workshop today. I was crapping myself!! I've never taught before.
And to have to explain what I was doing and trying to be coherent was very scary. It was how to make a teddy bear.
But it went well and I think everyone had fun. They all got to bring home a bear at the end of the 4 hours. They did choose to do a more advanced pose: the reclining teddy bear, so that was a challenge. But I think they all did really well for a first go. Four hours was the max for beginners I think, as arm fatigue was beginning to set in! And quite a few finger pricks too! All part of the learning process.
Here are some pics:

The poster boy for the workshop and the one they all wanted to make:

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