The Return of Felt

First I felted.

Then I didn’t felt.

(We bought a house. We made some renovations. I worked on decor.)

Then I felted again!

Here, my friends, are the results of a project that occupied my obsessively poking hands from June – September: a XXth birthday present for my mom! She just had a big bash to celebrate a milestone, and I wanted to be sure that my gift was up to the occasion. So I started early and worked throughout the summer. Herewith, the results:

Felted Wonders

Felted Wonders

It’s a doll! With a dog! I will now post many photos of this very same thing.

From Behind

From Behind

This was not intentional, but the doll’s stance is not entirely unlike the stance of a certain grandmother I had—my mother’s mother, who is no longer with us. She often seemed rather perched on her skinny legs.

Three Quarter View

Three-Quarter View

I gave her a purse. This is a good angle for the flower details, which I threw on (well, poked into) the boots, gloves, and hat in addition to the purse. I was going for “a lot of look,” as Tim Gunn would say (back when we all still loved Tim Gunn).

Snappy

Snappy

I love the bow tie.

Brighter

Brighter

Different lighting here, so they look brighter. In real life, they’re not quite this electric.

From the Side

From the Side

I like how they appear to be going somewhere. On a walk, let’s say.

Editorial

Editorial

The woman flies. The dog awaits.

Pretty fun, right? I wish these photos did the pieces more justice, because they’re more alive in person, but you get the gist. And if you want to see them, you’ll have to go to Maryland, where they will live from now on.

PS. Needle felting is more like creating sculpture than it is like sewing, so making “free-standing” objects—particularly clothing—is far from easy. I’d made a purse before (not hard), but the jacket on this doll was a revelation to me . . . i.e., figuring out how to make it work so that it’s removable. ¬†We’ll see where this takes me.

 

2 Responses to “The Return of Felt”

  1. Barbara Houston says:

    I bow to the imaginative, exuberant poetic felter. How wonderful! It’s true, it’s true, this is not easy. Amazing work, Melissa? And such FUN!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Barbara! I can’t wait to talk to you about your felting experience and compare notes. xo

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