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!