I'll be at the Toronto Knitters Frolic this Saturday April 30, 2016. I'll have my kits and lots of peace fleece fibre for sale. This fibre is perfect for all things needle felting....it's got so much bulk that it's so much easier to felt 3 dimensional objects.
Come say hi! I'll be in the Heritage Hall Booth 44
I thought it might be interesting to show my thought processes when creating a new needle felting kit.....
First I think about all the kits I SHOULD be making...People are always asking me if I make dog kits and frog kits, for example...so I decided to make a Golden Labrador puppy kit....
So this is how I began:
I went to Goggle Images and found this little guy.... I don't want to steal any images so I'll add that
greenfieldpuppies.com posted this with the title: Rocky, Yellow Lab pupple for sale from Leola,PA
I'm sure Rocky will find a good home very quickly! He's adorable!!
Now...I did a preliminary drawing of Rocky:
He's been drawn in red because of my animation back ground....we drew in red and then went over it in lead....red didn't show on film...now of course it had to be a certain KIND of red....Carmine Red was in demand for years in the 90's! Scarlet red just didn't cut it :)
I scanned him into my computer again and I cleaned him up with my photoshop eraser tool and darkened the lines
I found him to be too sad and dejected so I made a few changes:
I also wanted him to be looking at us.
I'm getting there! I wanted him to be tucked snug in a blanket....
Then I added shadows to his face where, when needle felting this guy, you put a darket colour
And here is the finished piece. I used my drawing almost as a paint by number kit. He's not looking at you like I intended, but I like him anyway!
Over the past 25 years as I traveled in my career as an animator I gleaned an acute awareness of the tactile nature of textiles. I took many classes in embroidery, pottery, batik, bead stringing and making
and finally in Berlin I found the art of felt making. In 2002 I made the decision to focus less on my animation career and more on my fibre art path. I have continued to explore all the joys and trials of being a fibre artist, but I do jump back in to animation when something wonderful comes along. I worked on the Universal feature "Curious George" in 2005 and on "The Princess and the Frog" which is a Disney feature and was released in December 2009.
I continue to try out new things, taking a wire sculpture course in Haliburton ON a couple years ago and just recently learnimg the art of Rug Hooking.