Needle felting, nuno and wet felting.(Click on pictures for more detail and feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions .)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A family of needle felt critters
All these guys look like they could be from the same family . They are needle felted from the same basic mix of colonial and alpaca with a bit of pink merino . Just like real family though. they are far from identical .
Their body positions are a bit different and each face has its own personality .
The following three pics are the same guy from different angles to give a bit more perspective on their shape . In spite of the poor lighting, you can hopefully see what a difference the reverse barb needle makes in creating a nice long fur on each of these critters . Using the strong alpaca it is easy to create several inches of fur that is strongly secured . I actually brush them after felting to remove any broken hairs . Only the critter with the light brown tummy has the alpaca tacked into place instead of reverse felted and I wouldn't dare brush that . No matter how many hours I felt it in, a strong tug can remove a layer of tacked in locks .I do think they make a great addition as nothing feels silkier then baby alpaca curls .
I just bought another 50 of the reverse barb needles and if you haven't been able to find them....(they are hard to get a hold of), you can email this seller......Bobbie Ripperger