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Did you know that you can needle felt muslin doll or animal bodies too? You can, it's actually a time saver. The following link goes to one of my site pages... "Ms. Siamese" is felted over a muslin wire armatured doll body.
I've added a picture ... If this picture comes up you can see that I'm in the progress of felting over a muslin rabbit, I cut off his ears, eyes, tail and wiskers. For the ears now attached I have needle felted over a sheet of felt. I cut out from the felt sheet my ears and then using my foam work base needle felted the wool onto both sides. I have extended the face and legs, he's not finished yet but will be soon.
Manufactured bears that are string jointed also work as a base, pull them apart and felt the body, arms, legs and head into anything you want. The manufactured critter is just your core. You can find these critters at Jo Ann Fabrics, Michaels or other craft stores. Most are between $1 and $5.
VERY cool! :dance:
Waaaay super great idea, Neysa! You're very creative! :clap: :clap:
good idea. I know Shari here did a great bear where she felted the body.
Gotta love a good time saver!
Wow, I would never have thought of that!
Wow,that's great,I never thought of purchased bodies,as Heather said ( ya) I made my body out of wool,stuffed it and then felted the cloths on.Worked great and I have ideas for more in the works.
That's right Shari! And I thought you were sooo smart for sewing a felt body, then felting over it. Because really, it would take forever to felt something that large.
I'd love to see more pics from anyone else that has tried this.
Nothing like a good picture
You all are amazingly clever!!!
Very cool idea Neysa!
What a great idea ......thankyou for sharing .......
I love this idea! Thanks, Neysa!
All these wonderful ideas and never enough time in the day to try them all. I have done some needle felting and loved it but am trying to stat focused for awhile on my Koalas and the "Kookaburra" which is still at the scetch stage. Maybe I should needle felt part of him.
Can I get a fur effect for the chest? And how do you add mohair to the wool? Do you buy it as you do the wool?
If I wanted to have a furry effect on wool I would take tweezers and pull out mohair hairs and neede/felt then partially into the wool. I think it would work. Let us know if you try this.
I have a friend that is felting a poodle using the hair from her poodle. She has purchased a stuffed poodle to use as her base. Her question is: Does she really need to trim off the fur from the stuffed poodle or can she just start felting?
I would trim it Donna. What do you think, Neysa? I think she could felt over the exisiting fur but it may end up making the poodle bigger or it could get in the way. I would trim it and start with a fresh pallet.
The only problem with this site? Too many wonderful ideas and not enough time in the day to try all of them..... NOW!
:hug: for the for great ideas
:dance: :dance: off to the studio....
Good Morning Everyone, I'll answer the questions as soon as I can. I have Jury Duty... for how long who knows? I'll try to answer tonight. Sorry for the delay Uncle Sam needs me. Neysa
"Furry" effect ... Judi's idea is worth a try and should make an interesting effect. Another idea might be to needle felt the dog completely shaving off the hair. If you felt your dog and then take a tooth brush... a clean one and lightly brush the felted area it will become "fuzzier"
Or just lightly felt in the chest, as I did the rabbits tail in my first post on this subject (you can't see it very well) or go to my site - the Virtual Catalog and check out my poodles ears. I actually felted the ears as one piece on my foam work base leaving the ends unfelted and then just lightly needled the ends to shape them. I then attached the ears to the head of the poodle. Hope this helps.