Soft Sculptures For the Hard Hearted

Needle felting update

This is shaping up to be one of the longest projects I have ever worked on! Although it’s very rewarding, it’s also extremely frustrating seeing as I usually like to get things over and done with pretty quickly. Plus, there’s that very un-fun arm pain that comes along with it. Needle felting is pretty unpredictable as a medium — the sculpture keeps changing my original design slightly with each session. And I’m still only a litte over halfway done! For my next piece I’m pretty sure I will do part clay and part needle felting to save me some time and bouts of manic hair pulling (aka Trichotillomania).

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7 responses

  1. caz

    Oh but it looks very good!!

    April 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

  2. Wow, this is amazing!I just found your site thru ravelry…off to look some more.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

  3. Wow wow wow. How much more do you have to go? What are your plans for this?

    (reve77 from ravelry)

    April 27, 2011 at 6:32 am

    • Hey hey! Thanks for the wow’s! I have about 40-45% more to go, then after that, I’m hoping to display it in a gallery somewhere along with some other pieces. (I don’t think I would be able to sell in online for the price I would need to ask for it.. lots of hours invovled!) :)

      April 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

      • Are her limbs going to grow or is the rest of it detail work? Admittedly, I had to look up needle felting this morning, but my understanding is you have to felt *into* some base material – what did this look like before actual felting began?

        I was going to say that I hoped your plans included showing it. One of my local galleries has an annual juried exhibit with prizes that is open to all gallery members, but something with longer-term display would be even better.

        And I understand decent hourly wage being impossible to get – pretty much anything I do with fancy embroidery is that way (though probably not to this degree).

        April 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      • Her arms will be cut off at the bottom, right before the elbow. She’ll be connected to some kind of base, but what it will be made out of is yet to be determined. She is made up of all wool roving — I didn’t use anything except a piece of wire underneath for support — and needled until she turned solid (needle felting is usually much softer and less dense). If I do make the base needle-felted I am putting a styrofoam square under it for sure to save some time and pain! I can only work on her about once a week, five hours (tops) at a time, so she’s still got a lot more to go! :(

        April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

  4. Awesome!! Such fantastic structure to her face!!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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