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.
Many of the custom dogs I have made have had a story attached, I have my favourites for different reasons, but the dog that most touched my heart was Scooter Rae. This lovely girl was well known and dearly loved by many Flickr members who followed her life in pictures on the internet. Unfortunately she passed away and people were very saddened by her tragic loss. I was asked to make a memorial sculpture of Scooter Rae. I studied so many pictures of her everyday life that I felt I knew her. When little custom Scooter was finished, I was instructed to send her to Scooters owner anonymously from a Flickr friend. I wondered about the reaction to this unexpected gift, I needn’t have worried Scooter’s owner was overwhelmed by the kindness of that unidentified friend and she loved the sculptural reminder of her beloved pet.
Really pleased with the light box I bought… Saves so much time setting up photo scenes. This picture was taken in the box. To get the look I wanted I used a sheet of white paper over the backing cloth.
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Sold the needle felted dog commission portrait on ebay tonight, it will be going to Cincinnati USA …Don’t know what breed of dog I will be making, I’ll keep you posted.
…..Got the pictures through, it was a darling apricot / red poodle. I love needle felting poodles.
14th April…Haven’t been able to do any more work on this little dog as I am waiting for instruction…As soon as I get an email telling me what is required I’ll get him finished, until then he sits waiting on my desk. I hope she won’t be too long getting back with the information I require… or I will get too attached to him!
UPDATED UPDATE!! I’m just not happy with that needle felted food addition so I have contacted the customer and given some altenatives, I think that food would look so much better in sculpted fimo… Or I could make her second choice… A slipper, which I could either dry or wet felt.
Very nearly there, just a few more final touches and paws to finish. He has his nose now and he has his stolen sausage sandwich in his mouth, his foot is holding down a cheese one for later. I enjoyed making this boy, I hope he gives pleasure to the owner who commissioned him.
In the early stages of making a life like dog they look more like tatty toys, it is not until I have worked hard with that barbed needle that they start to look like real animals.
This little Dandie has some way to go yet and of course he still has to get his nose…Which will be handmade to fit him perfectly.
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