Beardie loves Barbie but Bertie bear better.
Carding in a little silk with the wool makes all the difference, I loved making the long flowing coat on this needle felted bearded collie dog.
It’s funny how some odd things can make us feel so good.
My bone shaking moment came when after a great deal of experimenting I found a new way to create eyes that will give much more flexibility of colour.
People expect perfection and rightly so, I’m often creating miniature versions of little dogs that are no longer with us, so I need the eyes to capture their spirit.
I cannot share my eye secrets yet, but instructions will be in my first needle felting book all about ‘Lifelike Dogs.’ Details will follow later in the year.
Little needle felted Dandie Dinmont dog went off to his new owner yesterday, with his leather collar and disc (owner wanted Happy Birthday written on it)
I was happy with the end result, the slipper in his mouth looked much better than the needle felted food. I went over his back with a layer of alpaca, it was a good blend of the right colour greys and added to the realism.
His handmade German glass eyes sparkled in the light and with dashes of silk in his topknot he was ready to meet his new owner at the birthday party.
Unfortunately I suffer from a dry eye problem, this led to a corneal ulcer that would not heal, forcing me to take a long break from any detailed work in fear of loosing my sight. I learned my lesson, and now take much better care of my precious eyes. Whilst I was taking a forced break from fine sculpture I enjoyed teaching and demonstrating at various events. I still do workshops at my retreat by the sea, but I miss the challenge of making the life like dogs, nothing compares to seeing their faces appear from the wool, every one different.
So… I’m back, little dogs here I come….I will be ready to see you appear from the wool once again, this time I will use a magnifying glass when I create you !
If you would like me to make your little dog please see details in my shop and pictures of some previous commissions in the gallery.
© Gai Button 2013