Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Magda, the little Hedgehog

I just finished little Magda this evening. She took quite a bit of time to create. Each one of her little spines was wet felted, hand painted and then rooted in. I initially intended to da a larger hedgie. But after all the work it took to get this much fur, I deceded small was better. Next I'm wet felting some black and purple merino wool for the crow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A New Commission & a Week Break From eBay

Well Sunday has come and gone. As many you may have noticed, there wasn't any eBay listing for this week.  I decided that since this next Sunday is July 3rd and many people will be off vacationing for the 4th, it would be a good idea to give my sales a bit of a break.  But I will still be working on a few things. I'm presently working on a hedgehog. It's been a real challenge for me to create realistic hedgehog fur.  I  know that you can buy hedgehog mohair fabric. But it would feel like I gave in. So now I'm wet felting little merino ropes that will be needle feted in, painted at the root and then cut. It's a good thing this one is going to be small. I thought of doing a little hedgie when I purchased a small picnic basket.  I could just imagine one peeking out from the lid.

My next project is another commission piece, a life-sized crow.  The wool that I ordered for him arrived today. I can't wait to get started on him. Pictured above is my standing hare that I just finished for a client.  The hare is 12 inches tall, ears included.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bald Eagle Commission

Happy first day of Summer everyone! It's been over 100 degrees here. I put the finishing touches on this commission piece this morning so he'll be ready for the 4th of July. He's kind of a big guy at 10 3/4 inches tall and is my first ever bald eagle. He's also the first I ever used heat set silk paints on. I used a bronze paint which looks very subtle in indoor lighting. But it really sparkled when I got him outdoors. It also has hints of blue which I didn't notice until I put him outside. His head & tail feathers are a mixture of angora rabbit and Merino wool. His brown feathers are Merino and he has a eco-corriedale wool batting for his core. He's both needle felted and wet felted. His eyes are polmer backed german glass.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Joplin in a Mushroom Forest

Here's little Joplin. His eBay auction starts tonight at 6:45 PM PST.  He's just 4 1/4 inches tall, ears included and come complete with the hand-sewn mushrooms pictures above.  I created them from bits of an old wool blanket, some glass globs to help them to stand and various trims I had. They were kind of fun to create.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Little Harpo

Here's little Harpo. He stands 5 inches tall and 8 1/2 inches long.  His soft fur is gray alpaca. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Little Mouse meets a Bumble Bee

Here's my next little mousie for eBay.  Her auction is scheduled for this Sunday . She comes complete with her bumble bee friend.  He is a combination of flocked polymer clay and needle felted, hand-dyed mohair. the bee's wings are liquid polymer coated vellum paper.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Need Your Input

I just purchased a new to me flat screen monitor and haven't figured out if the display is correct.  Consequently, I'm not sure how my pictures are turning out and whether they need some adjustment in regards to their brightness. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.  So here's little Timmy the hamster. His eBay auction starts this Sunday.