Thanks so much
I think the outfit definitely makes this bunny face pop. I deliberately chose a fabric that was harmonious with the eye colour because I knew the fur colour would wash her out otherwise. She is waiting on eyelashes and some minor finishing touches that I hope will make a big difference to how she looks. She now has a tiny felted 'dolly' that is made over a wire armature so its bendy. I'll post photos of the two together when I'm finished
I've been felting since May this year. Her face took me about 12 hours to felt. I like my felting to be really firm so I tend to spend a fair amount of time on it.
The eyes are also my first attempt at hand painting German glass clear eyes. They took about ten minutes. LOL.
Thanks Nicole. I love your bunnies also. I've been quite inspired by your beautiful creations. I hope one day my work will be as worthy of commendation as yours :D
Thanks also to you, Tracey. I just had a quick look at your blog and coincidentally I am currently working on a small pink/white plush bunny with a felted face. Mine is very different to yours, of course, but how funny is that? xo
I read somewhere once that the path to true mastery is to approach everything you do as if you are always a beginner, no matter how much you actually know on the subject. Doing this will allow you to always have the open mind required to continue expanding your knowledge base. If you go into something as if you are already an expert then your mind is closed to new ideas and therefore the discovery of new ways to do things.
Sounds to me like you're on the right path
I had my first attempt at needle felting a few days ago and the logical next step was trying a miniature. This is Neville. He's my second miniature. He measures 10cm from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head (not including his ears). He's thread jointed and has glass bead eyes. He is made from Merino wool.
Thanks everyone for replying. I would like to point out that I dont want anyone to think I'm seeking sympathy for the loss of my kitteh. I mentioned it to point out that something happy has resulted from something sad. Life is full of little balancing acts like that dont you think?
mohair33sparse; Thanks for looking at my blog. I generally wear my lace or gift it to friends and family. Unless its my own pattern, then I tend to sell it.
Hi, I'm Shevi. I live in Newcastle, Australia. I am 40, separated and have no children
I started making bears in 2000 when I bought 'Making and Dressing Traditional Teddy Bears' by Gibbs & Gibbs. I soon started designing my own patterns and doing stuff like needle sculpting the faces etc. I stopped making bears in 2003 when I enrolled at University, but the last bear I made won second place in the synthetic bears division in the Coffs Harbour Doll and Bear Fair in 2003 (my first ever entry). Since then I've taken up many new crafts and developed already existing ones. I knit lace and spin my own yarns for example and you can see some of these on my blog if you're interested. (http://evilmcweevil.blogspot.com/)
I recently had to put my beloved cat Moo (in my avatar badge) to sleep as he had cancer. He was only three years old and I miss him terribly. I only mention this because the loss of my fur baby has prompted me to get back into making bears. I had forgotten how much I loved it and am so excited about it again that I am now working on my first bear in 8 years.
I'm so glad to have found this forum because I'm sadly out of practice and have a lot to learn. I am amazed at how much teddy making has changed since I last had a shot at it. But I'm up to the challenge and have already discovered that these forums are a great place to learn some of the new skills I'm going to need. I've been looking around since yesterday and have already learned so much. I'm about to try needle felting for the first time ever thanks to the inspiration I've received from many of you wonderfully talented people.
I look forward to learning heaps and making some great new friends while I'm here.
Ive just tried something similar to what you've done Judi. But I think I did it the hard (read; probably stupid) way. I made insets for the side of the face and the cheeks don't look quite like I had planned. Unlike yours Judi, which look fantastic by the way. This will be the first bear I've made in over 8 years, so I'm sadly out of practice and my bears aren't nearly as good as so many of those made by the talented members here. Here is the head (so far)...