I'm just barely getting back to the land of the living... after weeks of bronchitis and serious sinus infection and coughing so hard I've damaged tissue in the breast and rib areas. I feel hard done by (what a whine hey?) as I never even usually get colds....ever !!..... but, finally I've given up fighting it on my own and am taking antibiotics on the insistence of my doctor.
Two days of that and my gut hates it... nausea....but, I persevere ... as I must. A big sinus infection has lodged itself and won't be shaken without them it seems.
Today ...I am trying to also get back to WOYWW...(check it out here) and this is the bit of fluff that I did some half hearted playing with yesterday and today.
I began the actual shape weeks ago...before we went off to Portugal....but, am refining it and almost have it where I want it now. (I hope to get some more Portugal photos on here soon too....) I'm trying to only play for a short time each day to ease my wonky elbow back into things. Man, what a wreck I am for somebody who bragged how healthy she was and who seemed to think she was pretty amazing....sigh ..... right now I feel crappy. Yep...that's all I can say about all of it.
Anyway... back to fun and fluff ....
My attempt to make a Gretel Goosie.... with fluff that she actually sent me so that I would have the real stuff instead of the rather stiff and fuzzy stuff I was trying to use. It just wasn't going to make the same goose at all! This wool is soooo soft. Thanks again Gretel... hope I can do a good one and make you proud. I know at the moment it looks a bit more like the Lochness Monster...but, trust me...it'll be better later...... honest......
This is more the size of tiny guys I am used to making ... hahha... only as big as a beak..... and how do I get that beak smaller...? I'm stabbing away and it isn't happening... maybe I'll have to try again with a smaller piece of fluff. Or, maybe I'll try squeezing it a bit and stabbing more and even some on the long angle of the thing...yeh...maybe that'll work.
I've only ever tried tiny bears, hippos and one mouse and erm....what else..? ...... well, that's it really. Kind of got stuck on bears I guess. It seems because I am used to making them of fabric...I can get a pretty good little face on a needle felted one too. Well, I think that's the reason. I can actually almost 'see' a little head shape taking form before I get too far along at all with the stabbing of the wool puffs.... and I like how they turn out for me. This is Scruffy. He actually won an award at a pretty big local fair .... at our Stampede...which is world famous...
They all begin the same though....huge puffs of varying types of wools.... stabbed thousands of times with a barbed needle til they become the desired shapes. My pen tool will hold up to 3 needles ...or as few as one.... and gives something better than the skinny tip of the needle to hold onto while working on a piece.
If you'd like to try your hand at needle felting, there is lots of stuff online to check out.. and if you'd like to play WOYWW ... come on... do it.