Whew! My first commission of the summer's finally done. These two dragons, LJ (brown)
and Vire (gray)
, belong to the lovely *AzuL-J
. Between the two of them I've learned a decent amount about needlefelting.
Mainly, that attempting hair like that is tedious. Actually, attempting anything that involves lots of individual parts is tedious, as I learned with the feathered wings. My most ambitious attempt at a folding wing yet, LJ's brown, blue & teal wings were a labor of love. Each feather was sewn individually and consists of two to three layers of fabric, with a wire hidden inbetween the seam of the feathervane. Then I stiffened the feathers with a mix of modge-podge and water. All 32 of those feathers connect to a piece-wise contraption of a wire armature inside, to mimic the actual movement range of a real wing. It... didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but it's still pretty awesome.
LJ's hat was suuuuper eensy weensy tiny. I was barely able to sew it with my machine. Both it and her scarf are held in by pins, because needlefelt is wonderful like that. I should make myself a cute pinholder. Oooh. Now I've got an idea. Heheh.
I think that's it... Oh! By the way, I think I've learned a trick to keep fluff down on needlefelts in the process of making these. I didn't use it on them, though, because it gives them a totally different texture. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but I've tried it out on one of my old pieces. If anyone's interested, shoot me a comment and I can upload some pictures. I'd LOVE some opinions on it.
Now I'm outta stuff. I've got a couple more commissions down the line, I should probably pen up and updated journal... I think that's it! Oh. One last bit... Commissioning me would be a cool thing, because it's the only summer job I have!
So go ad do that! Details right HERE
And, of course, critiques are always welcome.
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 to bind the wool together, 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 take commissions occasionally when I have the time, and since it's summer, I have it! A lot of my slots are open for reservation right now, over here
. If you'd like a quote, just send me a note! I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have.