When I make a little animal – needle-felting, clay, or whatever – I try to add a detail to make it special. In this case, I remembered a group of flannel fabrics that I had bought some years ago to make a bear theme quilt. Why not use a bit of it for a quilt for this little bear? As I worked on the quilt, I realized that the addition of the quilt made this piece a hibernating bear!
I really like this method of needle felting that yields a posable animal. I could pose him perfectly, holding the blankie and perhaps sucking his thumb. He is indeed ready for a long winter’s sleep!
When I began making him I intended to make something for my Etsy shop to raise some funds for Idaho Black Bear Rehab. But now that I see him I’m not so sure I want to part with him. So I’ll probably making another for in the shop.
I’m so glad I came across needle-felting – love it!