This is the beginning of the bear. As usual, I sculpted the head and paws from polymer clay and am now neeld-felting the bear over the felt-covered wire armature. I’m using white “core wool” to begin with, saving the brown more expensive wool for the outer layers.
The NIADA convention that I mentioned a few posts ago is also having a challenge and the theme is “the golden one.” My concept is a little tricky to explain, but it’s a combination of a fairy and a bear. The bear will have baskets on her back that are filling with the flowers the fairy is collecting. She will be holding a very special one she has just found – the golden one.
The needle felting is tedious but also satistying work as you see the creature slowly take shape. But I think I need to fashion some sort of thicker handle for my felting needle as my hands cramp after a time of holding onto such a narrow needle.