Sunday, February 20, 2011

crafters are crazy....

I thought it might be interesting for some of you to see how I get a fluffy look to my little needle felted bears.

This little guy I made before Christmas.  See the eye of a needle sticking out of his head?  Just to hold on his head... til I get a read on him...  I attached it later.  The eyes are still just "test eyes" (I have different sized eyes on the ends of a sharp little pins to test for size) .. his nose is a bigger test eye...to check for size.  I finished him off with an embroidered nose and little black onyx beads for eyes.
But, then...sometimes I look at them...and think they look bald or naked or something....and just have to give them some "fur".  I can't help myself....

Maybe it's because when I first made bears... they were stitched...and done in fluffy mohair...  who knows why I do it...but, I just do.



















Anyway... here's how I do it.















Find a perfect colour of mohair in my stash...















Pluck out some individual strands...















Pull and shred and mix them up a bit...















'Til they look a bit more fluffy, but still with some sprigs sticking out here and there..



















Carefully needle in fluff and specific "hairs" all over the bear...paying particular attention to his head "hair" and around his face for the cuteness factor. (and try  not to stab myself in the process with a very sharp needle... because each part of these little guys is ..well... very little ...  anyone who has tried felting will know what I'm talking about)



















His back side needs some too of course... don't want him half bald....















There..... that's better.  For me anyway.  I love a fluffy little tyke.

10 comments:

Dolores said...

He is most certainly a little cutie - with or without the extra bit of fluff.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! It really does make a lot of difference...it brings him to life! What a great technique to give that bear some personality! I made a few bears years ago and they are challenging...especially the small ones! Yours are beautiful! ♥

frayedattheedge said...

It's amazing the difference the bit of fluff makes. He is just so cute!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh he is so cute. Looks as though he has just got out of bed lol.

Catherine said...

Oh my stars ~ you have such patience to do such intricate work!!! Lovely! He does indeed look like a sweet fuzzy bear ~ adorable!!

xo Catherine

Buttons said...

So cute your artistic talent amazes me every time. He is cute. B

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your technique. I had no idea that's the way you achieved that look.
The last photo in your post really shows the added fluffiness too.
It adds a whole new level of cuteness ;-)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Vee,

Love your sweet little bear and how you have given her more of a furry look.
Aren't test eyes great.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Abi said...

I have to agree - he looks so much cuter with hairy bits! and thanks for sharing - learn something new everyday! I love your bears, you should make loads of them.

Louise said...

I'm not a hairy man sort of person. But I would love a hairy bear! He's gorgeous. x