Monday, April 26, 2010

Poking Along

Yes, I've just been poking along all weekend.  A couple of pokes here.  A few more pokes there.  And a thousand more everywhere else.  As you probably figured out, I'm working on my first fully felted bear face.  I think he's coming along fairly well, but I think I need to step back from him for a while before I decide whether he's done.

Saturday night I was SURE that I had finished needle felting the bear's face.  That is until Sunday when I woke up to see a mouse's face looking at me.

That's just NOT right!  Okay, time to add some more wool here and a bit more there.  And poke and poke and poke some more. My directions seemed to add--continuing poking until you have punctured yourself at least 3 times and then get a band-aid to avoid getting blood on your bear's face.  I suppose it wasn't quite that bad, but I do have quite a few marks on my left index finger and thumb to prove I actually did the work.
Last night, I finally felt (oops, I really hadn't intended that pun, but it does work rather well!) I had a more teddy-bearish-looking face.  He's very different from most of my bears in that he is quite cartoonish, although I think he may have the impish look I was trying to achieve.  Overall, I think I'm pleased with how he's coming along.  He still needs some hand-coloring and a bit of work on his nose, but I think I'm going to put his head aside for today and work on his body.

Will I make more of these completely felted bear faces?  I don't really know.  It has taken hours upon hours upon hours to felt, so I'm going to have to think hard about it in the future.  But I'm sure I'll at least continue to add felted elements to my bears in the future.  And I always think that it is a good idea to learn new skills.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it! 

I'll get some photos of my progress posted later this week!


  1. I can't wait to see what you've done!

    I have such a problem getting felt to stick to certain surfaces (like my mohair)... I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong! But I LOVE seeing other people's work!!!

  2. Oh Wow! This is so exciting! Can't wait to see him....I have no doubt he will be adorable!!

  3. cant wait to see him,i bet hes just wonderful,like all your bears x

  4. Can't wati to see how he's turned out. I know just what you mean about mice though, I had two bears turn into mice on me in February and I've never managed to finish them yet! Maybe when the collar bone heals...

  5. I'm trying to stay optimistic about this guy, but he's just SOOO different from what I normally do. Thanks for your encouragement.

    Katy, I'm sending you hugs for a speedy recovery.

    Heaps of Hugs,

  6. Sounds wonderful Cheryl and I cannot wait to see the progress with the new felting. I love felting as you get so much expression. Thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog too and I am really happy that you are enjoying my posts! Have a great day and I look forward to your new art bear!

  7. I am glad about pictures of her bear!

    I love needle felting, but it lasts very much, very long.



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