Such a creative title, I know. I'm sorry. I've been a little zombified today.
Anyway. The product of lots of thinking and somewhat a disappointment, this owl is another grad gift for a friend. A male snowy owl, to be exact... which was far easier than any other owl. Owl have buttloads of patterns. Her favorite owl was too difficult for me. ;__;
Wings are difficult. Felt is vastly thicker than actual feathers. I am trying to find a more realistic way of felting wings that fold properly... This time, I used machine-felted stuff from the store. I think I'm going to try laminated felt next time, and borrow
's wire in each feather. But that's mainly because my next bird is going to be a little bit bigger-- a life-size Resplendant Quetzal. If I ever get around to it again; it's rather low on the list of projects I have going on. Sadly. Because I'm stupid and keep on putting projects on my list.
Anyway. Owl. Posable wings. Yay~!
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.