Sunday, November 29, 2009

100% needle felted Santa

I recently finished a Santa. It is 100% needle felted--a technique wherein one uses un-spun fibers and a barbed needle to create fabric and/or sculptures.

I used wool fibers and angora fibers. I used good old fashioned pipe cleaners to make a wire armature and then needle-felted his body and head forms. Once the head and body were sculpted, I needle felted the wool to create the fabric to make his suit. The pieces of his costume were needle felted together, not sewn and then attached to his body using the felting needles. Even the tints in his face and the color of his eyes were done by needle felting.Here are photos.

10 comments:

Cody Goodin said...

Really nice Santa. I am always amazed at needle felting.

PAMO said...

He's gorgeous Alice!! I'm so impressed!
Pam

Hoopie said...

nicely done

Karen Mallory said...

Wow Alice! What a cool Santa!! I bet your fingers hurt! LOL I needlefelt a bit but my hands hurt after a while. Great job!
hugs Karen

JKW said...

I came over from WildArtDolls. Your Santa is so imaginative and awesome. Needlefelting is beyond me. Um, maybe patience has something to do with that. You have captured the expression for sure. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Janet

denise said...

WOW!!! I love your Santa, Alice.
Denise C

Gail P said...

Very grand! Your santa gave me a lot of joy. Thanks!

Deborah said...

I like your Santa. I have wanted to try this method of felting. Maybe someday........your other heads are cool too.

BumbleVee said...

wow... he's great Alice... love it. The only things I've made so far with felting is little bears and couple of hippos... this little guy is pretty special.

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful little Santa. I have dabbled in needlfelting...not as much as I would like and from experience, this little guy is awesome.