Now I’m working on my second needle felted animal character inspired by my emerging Milkweed Manor stories. This is Thea, the little owl. A large storm destroyed her family’s nest and, even worse, separated her from her mother and brothers and sisters, hence the (Swarovski crystal) tear falling from her eye.
At this point I’ve completed the needle felting. The wires you see sticking out from the underside of her feet at to allow me to attach her to a base. And speaking of a base, for literally a few years I had the perfect piece of wood – a narly chunk from the base of an oak tree that my sister found – sitting on my kitchen windowsill. Now I can’t find it anywhere! So frustrating, but it’s just another problem to solve and I’ll come up with something.
The next step will be to make her bed jacket. I bought a few pieces of vintage chenille bedspread scraps on Etsy and I’ll use one of those. Then I’ll have to distress it to look like it’s been through a storm.
Lots of fun ahead!
It’s back to needle felting, and I’ve decided to try badgers. I’m going to make both European and American badgers, but I’m starting with the European ones.
The top photo shows the beginning stages of the pair, Graham and Beryl. On the left is the finished wire armature. It’s wrapped with pipe cleaners for the wool to grab on to. And the toes are fashioned from 22 gauge cloth-covered florist wire. I wrap the florist wire around a loop of the armature wire (the foot). Every other wrap is elongated into a loop and when I’m done wrapping I twist the loops for the toes. The wool will grab the cloth on the florist wire.
On the right is one that’s a little further on. The legs and toes are wrapped with natural black core wool while the body and head are wrapped with off-white core wool. There’s farther to go with the core wool.
The bottom photo shows the badgers further on in the process. In the one on the left, the core wool is finished, the upper legs are wrapped with the final color, and it’s ready for the pelt, and sculpting and finishing the head. The one on the right is finished. Cute, aren’t they?