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Life-Size Momo by pahein Life-Size Momo by pahein
EDIT: h-holy bamboozles and shenanagins I got a DD while I was watching Dr.Who Season 3 finale

WHAT A WAY TO GO. GUESS WHAT MIGHT BE NEXT UP. Aaaaah, sadly it isn't Dr. Who related at all.

For all of you well-wishers and people whose comments consist of single words, I do appreciate them, but I find myself inundated with other things to do at the moment, so if I don't get around to saying it personally, thank you so much!

Yes, this was a present for a friend this past Christmas. Literally 4 days straight of work, at the least.

Usually my photos are better but considering it was finished really late at night the day before it had to be given away... you get the backroom carpet.

Momo was both a challenge and a blast to needlefelt, though. :D

Thank you `UnicornReality for the feature!

Original Post:

Those of you who have been around me in chats for the past... oh, four or so days have likely heard of this creature.

I can't say the background is pretty, but I had literally stayed up half the night making this cutie and the next day he had to be delivered out, as he is indeed a Christmas present. I am happy to say he's found a loving home already, and perhaps in the future I can snab up a few more pictures.

Anywho, ladies and gents, meet Momo, the flying lemur from the beloved series Avatar, the Last Airbender.

That is a ruler he's holding in the bottom right, 12 inches-- for you metric folks, ~30.5 cm.

Needlefelting large things is always surprising. I forget how much work it takes so easily...


Momo 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. Please see my commission sheet for pricing.

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Life-Size Momo by ~adopt524 is full of character! Lovely! ( Featured by UnicornReality )
RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg these guys are way cute!!
KichWahya Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sooo cute!
ninjaskickass Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
oh my gawd thats amazing. how much would a life size momo cost to make and ship to australia? my bother would go ballistic over something like this
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I apologize for the late reply. Stuff has been busy in life, you know how it goes. In any event:

To make, it would be 600 USD. Shipping isn't cheap either, and I'm not sure what if any import fees might apply. 

Gluevah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Omg this is so perfect, it's as if Momo came to life!
.....lolol I dare you to make life-size Appa.
No just kidding xD Would that even be possible? O-O
pahein Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Possible, but unlikely. Unless someone's willing to pay me full-time at a decent wage while I work on it, it isn't going to happen.
Gluevah Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I can't even imagine the amount of wool you'd need o.o

Boy would it fetch a hefty price though. Although sometimes the amount of frustration and work just isn't worth it xD
newboldworld Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Superb! :-)
EdgeFan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've tried needlefelting before, so I know how tiring it must have been to make a piece this size!
(and painful in some cases; I must have stabbed my fingers a million times making my little model :P)
MinkuLul Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
gorgeous work!
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