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So. Uh, yep. Flaaffy. I always spell their name wrong... miss the second 'f' every time. This one is one foot tall.

I wrote down how long this took me. 38 hours and 30 minutes. The largest chunk of that time spent watching the Chevalier de Deon series (or, or, well, the title's something like that), but that had a horrible ending. so horrible

Uhm, so yeah. Second commission ever. Whee~!

Tried a few new things with this: namely, shiny fibers (for the tail orb and eyes) and looser felting for the fluff. I'm mainly worried how it'll hold up, but it did two things: one, saved me oodles of time, and two, it feels so soft. I'm jealous I can't keep it, almost.

But I got paid, so it's all good, and I will gladly see it off to its new home.

Off to my next stuffs~!

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This creation was made with a type of crafting called needle felting. Basically what happens is I take a bunch of loose (i.e. roving) wool and jab it with a needle (many, many times). The wool bonds to itself, slowly getting firmer and firmer. Eventually, it's firm enough to stand by itself in a sculpture-like way. By adding more roving wool, I can sculpt a creature or a person or whatever out of the wool.

Needlefelting is a relatively new craft, having only been invented 30 years or so ago. It's similar to the process of wet felting, but instead of using water, needles are used.

My needlefelt creations almost always include a wire base, so they are extremely posable, and I find the freedom of sculpting and the resulting plushness to be everything I could have asked for in a medium.

I happily take commissions, and my prices range from 20 and up, depending on the complexity but mainly on the size.

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honeysclover Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
is there a bulking method that you used for projects ? just so you dont waste so much wool since it is pricey
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Flarietale Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
So cute ; v ;
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Limelight-Night Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I love your needle felts! I've just got into needle-felting, its great! :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
It is, isn't it? ;)

Thank you! ^u^
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Feltiriums Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
amazing :) good work!
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
How do you get them so smooth looking? I really felt the hell out of my projects, but they still have a loose halo of fuzz all around them. I use merino wool...so maybe it is too fine in general to be felted smoothly without spending 100+ hours at it.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
They're big?

They still have fluff on them, but usually with these bigger projects all the roving wool keeps itself together. It's still a problem I'm working on addressing, honestly... but yeah. There's wet-felting techniques that can help, and then of course you could just spend a bajillion hours on making it denser.
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
the roving is holding together and they aren't loose, but the "finish" to my projects look far fuzzier than what I am seeing from needle felting artists. I heavily felt my projects. I think it might be a trait of merino wool. Wool Basting seems to felt much smoother from what I have seen but I was wondering if there was anything special people do. As for wet felting techniques, I don't know how well they work with 3D projects. I have tried smoothing over things with some water and a tiny bit of dish soap, but I can't see much of a difference.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Eeeh, "smoothing them over" with water and dish soap wouldn't make a difference. The idea of wet felting is to agitate the wool together-- as far as I know, it'd take a bit more serious scrubbing... Merino wool? Really? I use that for a lot of my projects... I get the feeling it might be a factor. It's silker, it comes in roving already less felted together than my other rovings tend to...

Mmmm, dunno what wool basting is. Honestly, the best thing you can do is experiment on some scraps. Felt something, then see if glue or some other adhesive works. Just keep at it and you'll find a solution. Me, I'm... not motivated enough to find a solution, so I probably won't. ^^;
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Ha, thank you for the tips. I will keep experimenting to see what works.
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hezoo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
So accurate, So beautiful (sparkles!), So all around awesome :heart:
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pahein Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
The sparkly fibers are not fun to work with, but I do enjoy how it looks. Again, thank you. :heart:
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swanpfireX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow, amazing
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Jacqueline-Victoria Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
@_@ i want this one too.....
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, thank you for the comments and faves and watch. X3
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Jacqueline-Victoria Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
x3 NO PROBLEM
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PastYourBedtime Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This is probably the best fan made Pokedoll I've ever seen. It's so adorable!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, thank you. :meow:
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   General Artist
This came out absolutely adorable! I like how the shiny fibers look on the tail orb and the fluff just looks so... fluffy! And yet still nicely detailed! :'D Going along with your submission of this when it was all white, I didn't realize you did them (or at least the bigger ones?) like that with the base first, I would have expected the entire base to have been pink. :'O
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Awww, thank you. :meow: Personally, I didn't like how the shiny stuff came out on the tail... but I adored how it looked on the eyes, so I went and bought a couple more glittery colors.

Yeah, I would, but expensiveness would ruin me. It's a lot cheaper to buy undyed white wool than the dyed stuff, plus it makes color consistency easier.

As for the fluffy? I love it too. I think, after Jirachi, I'm making a Whimsicott. X3
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011   General Artist
Ah, alright then, I guess that does make sense. :XD:

Oooo, a whimsicott would be adorable!!! :la:
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I know. :D
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy... a foot tall? You're amazing.
I love the incorporation of the shiny fibers, they really add a nice touch to the piece ^.^
Super cute as well, I love how you did the fluff =D
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
If you say so. ^^;

Yeah, I dunno. I'm sorta split on the shiny fibers. They look good when they catch the light, but usually they're this icky desaturated dark blue. :|

I do too. It's so fun to cuddle. I'm totally making a life-size Whimsicott because of this. :D (eventually. those things are big.)
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh I do.

Ohhhh I see... hmm... well I guess the new owner will have to display it in a well lit area where they can catch the light.

O___O That would be epic. I couldn't imagine working on something so large!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:

Yeah I dunno. Just a personal preference. I really hate when my colors don't match up... but the shiny blue looks awesome in the eyes, no matter what lighting. :D I'll have to use the fiber for blue eyes from now on.

It's only two feet tall... (says the deranged pokefan). Also needlefelting the loose stuff takes a lot less time.
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah I don't like it either (when it's my own work) but I can't avoid it...it's so hard to match them.

I'm working on crocheting a Shiny Ononokusu for my sister...life size. Yeah, seriously. I just couldn't imagine needlefelting anything over a foot haha.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Wha--?

Five feet? D: I am in awe. I can't crochet. How much yarn is that going to take? I'd suggest buying too much in advance. The color differences are subtle in the shiny, but they're there, and that'll be really hard to find the same color again. Maybe. I don't know much about yarn. But the purple-based black and yellow-based black are definitely different. I wish you luck.

Also, you're just making up the pattern as you go along, right? I can't imagine anyone else wanted to even record a pattern that large....

You could... like, wear that, after you finished, if you don't stuff it.

Good luck. Again. I--agh. My mind's been broken. I certainly couldn't do that. DX

You need to take a bajillion progress pictures.
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha ^.^ it's going to take a LOT of yarn, but I'm using Simply Soft for the colors I can because it's a no dye lot type of yarn. Meaning, it's always the same color. For the other colors though, I'm buying a lot in advance. I already have the red and dark grey, but I need to buy the lighter grey. I'm not looking forward to buying all the stuffing for it :XD:

Yup, I'm just making it up as I go ^.^ I might write it down... but I don't think anyone would ever want the pattern haha. I'll write down the parts that have duplicate pieces for sure (like the axes, arms & legs).

O_______O Oh my god. OH MY GOD. That would be EPIC! An Ononokusu coat! :XD:

Heh thanks ^^... I think it's much easier than needlefelting a large piece... because you are just crocheting the outside layer...

Oh I will. Once I get the axes finished I'm going to start the in progress pictures. My goal is to finish it by Christmas. ^^
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh god. You should buy one stuffing pack every month until you have sort of enough. That way, you don't have to pay $300 or so when you need it. DX

Sounds smart.

You should take some picture of that, too. XD

Well, yeah, but also you're making something that might not fit through a door.

Christmas? Daaang. That will be an awesome Christmas present, then.
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MiniMyu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm loving the orb. You're right. It turned out very nice. ^^
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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OneLoneTree Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
FLAAFFY!! YAY!!

and moveable arms too!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
The arms were actually sort of an experiment as well, now that you mention it... They are harder to pose because the last inch or so of them is all wool and no wire.

Not doing that again. >_>
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Super cute! And big ^_^
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Big. Big big big. D:
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^
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Anuspoopus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
This is great. Just think how the upcoming pocket monsters will be like. I hope someone commissions a gastly.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Ghastly would be hard. I don't know how to portray his aura.
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amberwillow Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cute! I prefer mareep myself tho. I understand when you finish a commission and want to keep it.. I want to keep all of mine too!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I like all three. :meow:
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Sara121089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Beautiful!! :D How big is she? :3
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
One foot tall. :meow:
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Sara121089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
My my you sure do make giant needle felts O.O *blinks* I bow down to you >____>
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you. :)
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chamomillas Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Artist
oh wait needle felting i see. still a great creation (:
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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chamomillas Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Artist
sorry i tend to skim descriptions ^^;
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
No, 'tis okay.

At least you type so that I can read it. Some people... *sigh* Anyways, I'm used to correcting people. Very few people know about needlefelting, so it happens. A lot. ^^;
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chamomillas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student Artist
im sorry ^^; but I have heard of needle felting before, its pretty great (:though seems challenging lol
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