Monday, August 31, 2009

Illustration Friday - Magnify


Needle Felted Snowman (2 1/2" tall)

Okay this isn't exactly an illustration but sometimes I feel like I have to branch out and do something artsy besides illustration to refuel my batteries. And besides I thought it fit this week's topic, because she is teeny.

This all came about because someone gave me a bag of raw wool this summer. And when I say raw I mean straight of the sheep, smelling like a barn, raw. Probably the funniest part of this whole story is that the person that gave me the wool lives in New York City. But I was assured the sheep did not.

So I Googled what I could do with a smelly bag of dirty wool and discovered needle felting. Then when I saw the cute little snowman made by Jenn Docherty in the "Holiday Crafts" magazine I picked up the other day, I knew I had to try it. Of course it's necessary to wash the wool and comb out all the nasty bits before you can do that. So after five washings, lots of brushing and a much greater appreciation of my pioneer ancestors, I had a nice fluffy pile of wool. My next hurdle was where to find the special barbed felting needles. Luckily there is a beautiful yarn store not too too far from here that carries them, so I made a special trip down to Littleton Mass for the needles.

My snowlady looks nothing like Jenn Docherty's. Part of my objective was trying to use up bits from my own stash instead of making a copy of Jenn's creation. But I still think she came out okay. And I still have a big basket full of wool to give it another try.

10 comments:

claudine hellmuth said...

so cute!!!

Chickengirl said...

yes! so so cute!!!

paula said...

She's adorable, Jenn! Great substitute for an illo. Love the story as to how you came to make it, too!

cally jane studio said...

Aww! So cute! I agree!!

Kristi Valiant said...

What a super sweet little face!

M.M.E. said...

Oh, I'm happy to find another illustrator! Right now I'm finishing up my undergraduate degree but I'll be going on to grad school and then freelancing so it's fun to see how others are making it in the big world. Feel free to stop by my site and see my latest illustration! Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway!

roberta baird said...

He's cute...It's fun, isn't it!! Find you some good finger protectors... I've put that barbed nreedle through my thumb on more than one occasion!

J. E. Morris said...

Thanks for the advice Roberta. I haven't stabbed myself yet but I can tell that it's just a matter of time!

Eric Barclay said...

Sheesh. Is there anything you can't do? Really cute character.

Claire Louise Milne said...

I keep meaning to come look after you'd mentioned you did needle felting!
Your snowman is soooo adorable, I love every little detail!