Archive for the ‘Felt’ Category

Kumbaya Felt Services #6

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Bluey and Orangina name their favorite animals, go on a hunt for a pen, and discuss the meaning of an impressive word.

Kumbaya Felt Services #5

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Bluey and Orangina attempt to figure out where they are, and why.

Kumbaya Felt Services #4

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

In which Bluey and Orangina discuss travel, such as it is (and isn’t) in their lives.

Kumbaya Felt Services #3

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

In which Bluey and Orangina discuss Orangina’s proclivity for jumping up and down.

Kumbaya Felt Services: #2

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Here’s the second. In this one, Bluey and Orangina discuss their favorite colors, the array of orangeness, and where warmth comes from. Then they sing Kumbaya.

We need to work on enunciation and volume, I know. We’ll do so in later installments. For now, just let it wash over you in calming joy.

Kumbaya Felt Services: Video #1

Monday, January 30th, 2017

This is one of the ways I intend to get through the foreseeable future:

Herein, Bluey and Orangina discuss what it’s like to live on a bed and smell food cooking in the other room. Then they sing Kumbaya.

It helped me to make it. I hope it helps you to watch it.

Professor of Gender Studies

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Here’s a new monster. Same process as the previous: just started working the wool and seeing where it took me. Definitely did not mean to make a figure this large. In fact, I ran out of the orange for the skin and had to make boots instead of feet. Then s/he/it looked naked, so I had to add clothing. A turtleneck vest was clearly the best option. And shorts. After which:

“It looks professorial, doesn’t it?” I said to John.

“Yeah,” he said, “a Professor of Gender Studies.”

Indeed.

Professor of Gender Studies

Professor of Gender Studies

Check out the fingers! Haven’t done fingers before. Not easy. Also, you’re not getting a close-up on those, because they aren’t actually finished.

Jaunty Angle

Jaunty Angle

Okay, here’s a close-up. But not that close. You can see bits of white under-wool showing through the fingers.

Guest Room Dresser

Guest Room Dresser

I think the professor looks particularly fetching atop the guest room dresser, although the colors aren’t true to life. The wall is much more pistachio-colored (less yellow, more green apple), and the professor is not quite so electric.

Shelf o' Felt

Shelf o’ Felt

Here you can see what’s going on in the felting cabinet: I’m growing out of it. I keep making creatures too large to fit. I think maybe some new office shelving is in order, but . . . am I about to become the person who has shelves of figurines? If so, can I console myself with the knowledge that I made them myself?

Also, at this remove (of time, mostly, but also space), I can see that I made a mistake on the skin tone of the standing woman. I didn’t have anything remotely skinlike at the time and went for white, but wow, is that white. Lesson learned.

On to the next project!

 

Pink Monster

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

I’ve been working on a new series of felted monsters. I didn’t begin with any kind of a plan, so they’re evolving wherever the wool wants to go, which is often surprising to me. Something of a paradox, the felting process, in that it is so interminably slow and also fairly unpredictable—at least, to me, at my level. Perhaps some day I will have greater control over realizing a particular vision!

In the meantime, I’ve been experimenting with a type of wool I wish I had known about at the beginning: core wool. This is a much rawer, spongier, uncarded wool that bunches and shapes up easily, in high contrast to the hairlike strands of carded wool I’d gotten used to wrapping around pipe cleaner armatures ad freaking nauseum. Yay, easy wool! Boo, several years of not knowing!

I had wanted to wait until I had the entire series of new pieces finished before showing any, but as per usual, these things take time. TIIIIMMMMME. So I’m giving a little preview here:

Pink Alarm

Pink Alarm

See how those arms have floated up into space? That happened organically, after I created a bulbous body and then cut into it with scissors. I’d never used that technique, and I was happy with it. Here’s a rear view:

Petite Tailio

Petite Tailio

Love that little tail. It’s not easy to make pointy objects via dry felting, although I’m getting better at it.

Happy July, everyone!

Aliens!!!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I’ve been on a felting blitz, which I imagine will have to end soon (thousands of tiny repetitive moments = achy arms), BUT. In the meantime, look!

Twins

Twins

I mean, they may be twins. They could also be mother (right) and daughter (left). I honestly didn’t intend to give them the exact same facial expression, but facial expressions are difficult in felt. Or at least, they’re difficult for me. I’m just learning how to get that specific, and I don’t have much control one way or the other. In fact, making a mouth that is anything other than a circle is on my wishlist.

Two more portraits:

Alarm

Surprise!

I really love this lady. I wish she were slightly less surprised, but for now, I’ll take it.

Kid Alien

Kid Alien

And this one: want to hug! Wish I could hug! It wasn’t easy to generate a shape that would sit in that dollhouse chair, which tilts forward—what, do dollhouse people not actually sit in dollhouse chairs? (Perhaps not.) (Or perhaps they have bendable legs?) At any rate, this yellow thing is quite carefully perched.

And here they are with Baby Blue:

Minis

Minis

Kind of like a little fambly! I tried to get Big Bluey in there, but given that the orange alien has to lean against the wall for support (SOME day I’ll figure out how to make self-standing peeps), I couldn’t quite make it work. Anyway, I’m happy with this group. The monochromatic experiment is yielding worthy results.

The Magic of Simplicity

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Is simplicity a style? An approach? A philosophy? A gimmick? It’s different things at different times, I suppose, but at the moment, I’m enjoying its copious rewards in felt. Here’s a dude I poked up in the last few weeks:

Blue Daddy

Blue Daddy

Here’s his baby. (The dollhouse rocking chair is courtesy of my mom, who bought it for me in Maryland. Thanks, Mom!)

Blue Baby

Blue Baby

And here they are together:

Blue Love

Blue Love

Right now, they’re sitting on our mantel, and I keep going over to visit them and say hello.

They’re SO FREAKING CUTE.

Finis.