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.
Been busy finishing off a needle felting tutorial. It takes a lot of time making something and breaking it down into easy stages for people to recreate. Everything has to be thought out carefully, it’s so easy to say one thing and mean another. As magazines like to work well in advance this project will be published in the summer.
I have also been back to Margate’s Turner Gallery, this time to create with Helda and the studio group, we are making a sculpture from recycled materials. Last year, as we had all enjoyed our time with artist Maria Nepomuceno so much we decided to keep the group together. The gallery has kindly given us working space to carry on creating.
Update 30/11/2012 It was a lovely last day with the studio group and Maria Nepomuceno at the Turner Gallery Margate.
We celebrated, wrote our names on the cloth before it was sewn in. The last piece of our puzzle before it begins to grow again in Brazil. We were given a copy of a book written about Tempo para respirar (Breathing Time) Looking through the beautiful pictures…. I saw one of me! So very proud to be included especially as I missed some sessions with this broken ankle.
27/11/2012 I’m back to Margate for the afternoon with friends at the Turner Gallery. From the windows we can watch the wind blowing angry clouds across the sky, and as the sea rolls in showing it’s many white frilled edges we work on Maria’s ‘Breathing time.’ Soon this rope sculpture will have to stop growing, but roots have formed in the friendships it has created.
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.
If you would like a guinea pig made like the ones in the picture please pop along to my shop http://gaizymaimake.co.uk/shop
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.
Made another video…some of my past commissions. To take a look please click on the link below.
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.
Making felt in any form is really not that difficult, with a bit of practice you can create animals and birds that look very realistic. The hardest part is knowing how to get started, that’s where I come in, my aim is to help you take the first steps into needle felting your very own pet. http://www.gaizymaimake.co.uk/shop/workshops/needle-felted-dog-2/
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