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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:00 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:19 pm 
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I've also made a woodpecker that's pretty nice... but I keep forgetting to take pictures of it. :doh: It's made to cling to bark, and I haven't figured out how to do that yet. Once I figure out the display problem, I'll post a picture here.

I asked my other two kids what they'd like for their felt creatures. So a dragon for my son is next, followed by a "trash panda" for my younger daughter. I had to look that up. She's specifically requested a cute raccoon , not a scary snarling one. :roll: So I sent her this image and she texted back, "Awwww!"

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I don't think I'll be able to do it justice... but it's something to shoot for. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:21 pm 
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Oohh. Dragons! I foresee a Middle-earth line...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Actually, I'm working off of pictures of firelizards from Anne McCaffrey's Pern books for this first effort.

I've been eyeing needle felted dragons online for a while now, wondering about how to do it and saw this one of Smaug: http://www.artprize.org/61884

It's HUGE and very, very detailed. Of course, you have to make them huge to get details in. When I was making the sloth it was really rather upsetting to me that I couldn't get the nostrils in his nose right. There just wasn't enough wool there to work with. There is definitely a lower limit on size with these things. The bigger you go, though, the better you can do the details. :) That Smaug sculpture is magnificent! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:19 pm 
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holy cow!

And that raccoon is adorable.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:38 pm 
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Muaaahaaaa haaaaa haaaaaa!

I've discovered that if I pull out all the coarse fibers in a given tuft of wool and use only the finest, softest bits of wool, I can go much smaller on the details. This is necessary for the face on a dragon so small that can fit on the palm of the hand.

Next purchase: lighted magnifying glasses! I can't accept having the lower limit on detail be my aging eyesight!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:45 pm 
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The brown dragon is done. :) Or maybe it's a hatchling fire lizard...
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My husband took it to work this morning and has it set up on the ball that does flashing lights and holiday music:
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I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Pulling out all the coarse fibers left just downy brown fluff to do the skin with, and once I had it felted down, it made a delightfully soft and smooth hide. :)

The wool dye I ordered came in, so the next dragon I make will be a gold one. :)

The clip on magnifying glasses worked great, by the way. :) They are only 3X, but that's enough that I can see what I'm doing better on the fine details.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:04 pm 
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That is so totally a brown fire lizard.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:09 pm 
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I need to make the tail longer on the next one, so it can wrap around one's wrist! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:16 pm 
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Maria wrote:
I need to make the tail longer on the next one, so it can wrap around one's wrist! :D


Awesome!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:17 pm 
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Maybe wire it, so someone could wear it as if it were riding on their arm. I'm sure there are Pern cosplayers who would love to have a fire lizard like that!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:03 pm 
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That's a brilliant little dragon. So soft and adorable!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:36 pm 
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The tail does have a pipe cleaner inside it, so it can be wrapped around something-- but it's too short to go all the way around a wrist. The tail is a bit stubby- so making the next one longer makes sense.

My husband tried setting the little creature on my head, and that turned out to be a bad idea. I made the wing claws too curved and they hooked into my hair and it was a bit difficult to get out!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:45 pm 
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I got the woodpecker mounted! My coworkers paid me a bit for my time and we are giving it to my boss as a Christmas present this afternoon. :)
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In case it isn't obvious, the chunk of wood is hanging on a nail on the wall.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:48 pm 
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So neat! :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:21 pm 
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Awesome. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:19 am 
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They are both awesome!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:12 pm 
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The raccoon didn't turn out cute. I haven't even taken a picture of it yet. It looks like a tiny killer of chickens. I really don't like raccoons.

I made a robin for my mother in law. I'm fairly pleased with it.

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