Thursday, April 21, 2011


The undyed wool roving

The squirrel before the dyed roving has been applied

Onion skins & tumeric

The finished dyed wool

Using my DollarTree find to dry the wool

The finished Squirrel

The two together

My Bavarian Brown Squirrel


Jeanie said... [Reply]

What a process! Lots of work, but the effort must be worth it to turn out these cuties. Very nice!

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thanks Jeanie. Sometimes I think it's a bit too much work.

DollZandThingZ said... [Reply]

They are both wonderful! I didn't realize that you dyed your mohair yourself. That shade is so beautiful...what a great color. I see that you live where the climate appears to be dry. I bought a bag like that in a dollar store, too, here in New Engalnd.

Your animals are just the best!

Fiver said... [Reply]

Aww, they are both PERFECT Robin. That is a lot of work, and you didn't even talk about the actual sculpting part. I remember when I tried my hand at needle felting and it took forever just to make a small (and rather ugly) teddy bear, and my pin-cushion fingers never forgave me.
But even though it's a lot of work, I hope you don't give it up because you have an incredible gift!

Mya.L said... [Reply]

They look soooo real!!!

Elizabeth said... [Reply]

Oh, they're so cute! Great work!

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said... [Reply]

They are both so gorgeous. I love that you used natural dye to make that beautiful color.

Conni said... [Reply]

Thank you for the pictures.

Donna said... [Reply]

They look great. So much work but wonderful results.

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thanks Everyone!
DollZandthingz, It is pretty dry here. In the Summer it doesn't take any time at all to dry wool.

Thanks for the compliment Fiver. I can't do those little critters that you do! My first felty I think I had more pokes to my fingers than to the wool. I found that working bigger made it easier. But I still poke my self quite a bit.

Thank Joanne. I'm really getting into dyeing my own wool. It always like such a search to get just the color you want. I was really surprised that onion skins gave such a nice coppery hue. I found that it has to do with the minerals in our water. I tried with distilled water and it came out more golden.

Rascal Rescue said... [Reply]

Big thumbs up!

Scratching at the Window said... [Reply]

Wow! Thanks for sharing the whole process, Robyn! And both squirrels are very handsome.

Wendy Luane Barber said... [Reply]

They are amazing! Thanks for showing the pics of the dyeing.