Here are some recent felting projects from my weekly felting classes. We have been wet felting and needle felting, both magical and fun. Needle felting ornaments over wool balls (I had made ahead of time in the washing machine) was a blast! Everyone made several […]
The wet felted wool painting class was so much fun! It was a creative afternoon filled with laughter as we explored techniques for layout, design and finishing – all of our results were a fun surprise! See the current schedule for felting classes in my […]
Nuno Felting Class – Seamless Handbag Yesterday I taught a FUN Nuno Felting class! It is wonderful to watch each of my students discover a new outlet for their creativity as I introduce them to the endless possibilities of felt making in weekly felting classes […]
Needle Felting has been such an amazing creative journey for me. This video was made back in 2009 – only a couple of years into my needle felting journey while I was still learning to felt. Yet even today, I’m still discovering the magic and […]
This is Spinal Tap – England’s Loudest Band I’m so happy to introduce – This is Spinal Tap – Felt Alive needle felted dolls based on characters from the cult classic movie called – This is Spinal Tap a hysterical mockumentary about England’s loudest fictional […]
How much wool do I need for needle felting? It’s a question I get asked often. Wool is typically sold by the ounce – and since I primarily use wool batting (rather than roving) I’ll talk about that. An ounce of lofty wool batting will […]
This needle felting tip – bag the head 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 […]
Felt Alive Needle Felting Tips! Let’s face it, felting needles are sharp and must be used with caution. Poking yourself and breaking your sharp, fragile felting needles are both inevitable when needle felting but they should be rare occurrences. It is important to learn the […]
Needle Felting Doll Clothes, when a Fig (oak) leaf isn’t appropriate… Felt Alive’s Guide to Needle Felting Doll Clothes 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 […]
My (slightly greenish) tribute to Alfred Hitchcock …in the moon. “Good Evening”
Do you realize how much wool it took to get those lips right? Li’l Mick Jagger caricature doll was a fun challenge to needle felt!
Not long after I learned to needle felt dolls, I discovered I had a knack for making the wool look like real people – funny little versions of the real thing. From Elton to Elvis, Janis Joplin to Ellen Degeneres, I’ve been busy bringing the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Li’l Bob Dylan – Needle Felted Wool Doll I just finished this cool cat – he was a custom commission and my second version of Dylan.
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 […]
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 […]
Li’l Willie Nelson #2. Little Li’l Willie was one of my early caricatures. Big Li’l Willie is my first attempt to repeat a subject. They are two years apart.
How fun is this!!! This is John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick – legendary keyboardist from The Who www.rabbitwho.com 2, originally uploaded by jodyahern.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Since using U2’s music in my video is a big no-no, I put a playlist here with my favorite U2 songs to play along with the video. Enjoy!
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 […]
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 who was able to follow along in my 10 hour long Doll Making Video without […]
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 […]
Li’l Donald Trump.
They just make me smile!
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Group Shot, originally uploaded by feltalive. Eleven Li’l felted celebrities all in a row! Pretty funny – The Li’l Beatles were the first – their scale is a bit smaller than the others but I love them just they way they are. front row – […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Cyrus is the largest Felt Alive character to date! He stands about 23 inches tall and is a pretty hefty guy. He is solid needle felted wool and is fully jointed with seamless needle felted joints. No sewing, no stuffing, just felted wool! My Great-Niece […]