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how much wool do I need???? It’s a question I get asked often.

An ounce of lofty Felt Alive Wool, when rolled up into a ball, will fill a 2 cup measuring container. Depending on how dense or firm you felt, this ounce of wool can stay nearly this size or can be felted down into the size of a walnut.  (this kind of size reduction takes many[…]

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Bag the Head!

This is a trick I’ve developed over the years to protect the head/face of my needle felted dolls while I’m finishing up their bodies. It looks rather gruesome but tying a plastic bag over the head of a needle felted doll in-progress keeps it pristine as you work and if you poke little breathing holes[…]

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Felt Alive’s Guide to Needle Felting Doll Clothes

Felt Alive’s Guide to Needle Felting Doll Clothes Needle Felting Doll Clothes When a Fig (oak) leaf isn’t appropriate… I’ll be the first to admit, my dolls LOVE being naked. They really do seem to enjoy their new little bodies. But in felt, as in life, sometimes we simply must get dressed. It is easy[…]

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The Late, Great Freddie Mercury – in needle felted wool. UPDATE

Serendipity: While taking a Sunday drive we spotted a person in a furry costume with a sign that said Farm Open. We followed the sign to a Suri Alpaca Farm and decided to stop in to see if I could find some hair for the doll I’m working on – Freddie Mercury, the late, great[…]

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Making Whoopi! A Needle Felted Doll

Meet Li’l Whoopi I was so excited to be commissioned to bring Whoopi Goldberg to life in needle felted wool. I couldn’t have thought of of a better subject myself! She is solid needle felted wool with flexible needle felted joints. She stands on her own and is about 12″ tall. I wet felted her[…]

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Li’l Bob Dylan – Needle Felted Wool Doll

needle felted bob dylan doll

needle-felted-dylan-doll-bw11, originally uploaded by feltalive. I just finished this cool cat – he was a custom commission and my second version of Dylan. For more photos – www.feltalive.com https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

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X-treme Felt Alive Motor Sports with Li’l Conan & Li’l Trump

Li’l Conan & Li’l Donald Trump tearing it up on Li’l Conan’s li’l ATV for a high-octane off-road adventure. And check out The Li’l Donald’s comb-over! My needle felted dolls are pretty tough – it’s hard to believe that these two li’l buddies look no worse for the wear after their wild ride.

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It’s a Worm’s Life – Felt Alive Needle Felted Worms

I needle felted these silly little woolly worms today over wire. I rarely use wire but this was easy and fun! I wrapped core wool roving around cloth covered florist wire, needle felted it using Felt Alive Super Duper Double Felting needles and covered them with Norwegian C1 premium felting batt – available Felt Alive[…]

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Felt Alive Witch

Yes, Shakespeare said “wool of bat”! She has so much attitude! She stands on her own and is about 14″ tall – no wire armature, just needle felted wool! And the good news is that all of the great supplies I made her with are available in my NEW needle felting shop. www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

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Li’l Lyle Lovett – needle felted wool art doll

Lyle Lovett has such an interesting face so I thought he would be the perfect subject for a recent workshop where I taught advanced needle felting techniques for working from photographs. It was the first time I’ve shared my techniques for bringing wool to life as an actual likeness. And I must mention that I’m[…]

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The Li’l Boss – Needle Felted Springsteen Doll

The Li’l Boss!! Yes, I made a needle felted caricature of Bruce Springsteen. I listened to his music while I was bringing him to life – it was a great trip down memory lane and very inspirational. And Li’l Bono was happy to share the stage with The Li’l Boss!

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Li’l Ellen DeGeneres

Today I am so happy because I get to unveil a new Felt Alive Li’l Celebrity. Ladies & Gentleman…….Li’l Ellen DeGeneres!!! And it seems the rest of the Felt Alive stars were pretty excited about her arrival on the scene. Li’l Spock likes these guys but disco dancing remains illogical. After all – Ellen is[…]

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The Universal Language of Felt

I have video workshop customers all over the world but most of them speak English very well. I was so pleased to receive this email from a student in Hungary! “Hi Kay, I send to you photos of my first work. I have great pleasure from it. Thank you very much for your school. Eva[…]

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Sweet Station meets Needle Felting

I was looking at my website stats and noticed a bunch of hits coming from a blog called Sweet Station. Then I remembered I had recently submitted a link to my website-They feature really sweet stuff, you can get lost for hours scrolling through the posts & I was delighted to find my Li’l Celebs[…]

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Getting Ready for My Big Adventure

We are packing up the dogs, some wool and felting needles and some other bare necessities into our new home on wheels. We have shed most of our worldly belongings and are leaving Alaska for destinations unknown in just a few days. This picture is myself and Patti – a dear friend and one of[…]

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Spock – Needle Felted

Admiral Spock – Needle Felted, originally uploaded by feltalive. He was quite fun! Those eyebrows and hair were fun but it was the mouth that was so crucial to get right. I’m in love with my Li’l Spock!

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Daisy – A Felt Alive Needle Felted Doll

Daisy – A Felt Alive Needle Felted Doll, originally uploaded by feltalive. Those of you familiar with my work know that I rarely offer my dolls for sale. As living conditions for my collection get more and more crowded, I am faced with the reality that I must learn to say goodbye. So!! Little Daisy[…]

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Will Ferrell – ELF!

Will Ferrell – ELF!, originally uploaded by feltalive. My husband requested a Will Ferrell caricature, my nephew suggested the Elf costume – I think it all worked out although I must admit, this li’l dude sort of gives me the creeps. He looks like he is up to no good if you ask me.

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I Pity the Fool! Mr. T – needle felted

I Pity the Fool! Mr. T – needle felted, originally uploaded by feltalive. I captured my Li’l T is the outfit that BA wore in the opening sequence of The “A” Team.

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Li’l Travolta Sightseeing in Alaska

Li’l Travolta Sightseeing in Alaska, originally uploaded by feltalive. I had to make a Li’l Travolta Saturday Night Fever style! Boy does that take me back. I have to find a place with a disco ball for his official photo shoot but in the meantime we took him out sightseeing here in Alaska. When we[…]

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The Man in Black needle felted wool

The Man in Black needle felted wool, originally uploaded by feltalive. I must say, I’m pretty smitten with my Li’l Cash – he looked like Sean Connery for so long and while I am a fan – Li’l Sean was NOT who this guy was supposed to be. So, like I usually do at that[…]

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Clementine

Clementine, originally uploaded by feltalive. I made Clementine for a VERY special project. She made a long trip to China to a doll manufacturer to study her for possible mass production of my designs. Well, it was no big surprise to learn that they can not be easily reproduced – the style does not lend[…]

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Li’l Elvis in needle felted wool

Li’l Elvis in needle felted wool, originally uploaded by feltalive. The wool practically sculpted itself – Li’l Elvis really wanted to come to life. This creation was a lot of fun – right down to the Elvis snarl.

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Lil Marylin Monroe in needle felted wool

Lil Marylin Monroe in needle felted wool, originally uploaded by feltalive. She looks tragic to me – I find it strange that most of my characters have a spark of joyfulness to me, but not so with Li’l Marilyn. This one was a real challenge – I don’t think Marilyn wanted to come to life[…]

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Li’l Bob Dylan in needle felted wool

Li’l Bob Dylan in needle felted wool, originally uploaded by feltalive. I am really happy to introduce my newest li’l Felt Alive celebrity – Li’l Bob Dylan! I just love how the wool can take on the look of a rugged face and a steely-eyed expression. And curly sheep’s locks seemed like the perfect choice[…]

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Li’l Conan’s Alaskan Ice Fishing Adventures

OK – I needle felted the doll and the bear – my nephews, Nick and Ben made the video. I love seeing my creations come to life with stop-motion animation.

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Li’l Elton John Needle Felted Wool Doll

My Li’l Elton John was SO FUN to bring to life. Even his li’l glasses are made of wool – I didn’t even have to use wire. My proudest accomplishment is the lenses – they are wool, they are felted and you can see his eyes through them. I just love his flashy, flamboyant li’l[…]

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Felt Alive Music Video

My husband had been making training videos for his work; he brought his new found skills home and made this silly video for me. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera filming my little characters but here I am – stepping out of my little box!

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

My Little Willie Nelson! Willie is about 12″ tall and is 100% Needle Felted Wool. His hair is a blend of Alpaca and Icelandic Wool. Like all my characters, I start with a basic body structure using what I call “core wool” which is basically wool batting that has not been dyed. The outer layers[…]

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Willie Nelson coming to life in Needle Felted Wool

What fun I am having!! Willie will look much more like Willie when he gets a neck – I am learning that our necks really define what we look like! I will post again when Willie is complete but I love this stage and had to share!

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Conan O’Brien – Needle Felted Wool

I think I have found my calling! Celebrity Felt Alive – Hmm… This is so new for me – I am in my mid forties and never realized I had any kind of artistic abilities – that is until I discovered needle felting – two years ago! I am having so much fun with it[…]

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Photographing My Work

I have been up against a challenge ever since I started needle felting of learning how to capture my work in the best light. I am finding that nearly as much as I love creating needle felted characters, I love taking pictures of them. My favorite lighting is natural lighting and my favorite backdrop is[…]

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Exciting News!

I am so happy to announce that I am the new owner/admin for The Felting & Needle Felting Forum. It is an amazing group of felting enthusiasts from all around the world. The Forum was founded by Marie Spaulding of Living Felt and I am proud to take the reins! Come by and visit, there[…]

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The Felt Alive Hilda Challenge

I invited some of my Felt Alive online students to join me in a challenge to capture the essence of Hilda – A vintage plus-sized pinup caricature by artist, Duane Bryers. Starting at the BOTTOM row- it’s FeltingFever! Then in the middle we have Germa’s Felting Then on the top row we have me –[…]

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Felt Alive at the Alaska State Fair 2008

I entered several of my characters into the Alaska State Fair – I was thrilled with how well they were received by the judges and it is very exciting to have them on display for Alaskans to see, adorned with all of their pretty ribbons.