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Conan O’Brien – Needle Felted Wool

I think I have found my calling! Celebrity Felt Alive – Hmm…

Needle Felted Conan O'Brien

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 – My new Li’l Conan is really a Felt Alive star. Somehow I captured Conan in wool – from his piercing look in his eyes, right down to his swagger, this truly is Mini Conan.

Li’l Conan is a HUGE FAn of the real Conan O’Brien and he plays in front of the tv every time Conan is on – it’s hilarious. He dreams of being Conan’s little desk buddy on his new Tonight Show….a li’l fella can dream…

What's going on here?

Conan and his horse??

Here is a little video so you can see how lifelike Li’l Conan is!

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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 my gorgeous Alaskan scenery but I feel it is important to get several excellent, high-res shots of each piece in a controlled studio setting. But how?? So, like most things I’m curious about, I turned to the internet. After much research, I finally have a solution. It is called a light box or a light tent.

My Light Box in Action

My nephew made mine out of PVC conduit and unions. It comes apart for easy storage. I just have a plain white sheet to drape over the top – this filters the light – and I purchased a Flotone photographic backdrop that graduates from black to white. I use this as a sweep and stand my work right on the backdrop – this gives a seamless, wrinkle-free background. I think it gives professional look to my photos. Beside that – I have two 300 watt clamp lights to shine light in from either side to control or even eliminate shadows.

My Light Box Unveiled

Light Box

Here is a photo of one of my dolls, Evelyn making her debut in the light box.
Evelyn in the New Light Box
And in this photo – I didn’t even need to turn on my lighting – I have a nice, bright studio and this was taken on a lovely, sunny day.

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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.

Felt Alive Hilda Challenge

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 – feltalive

What a fun bunch of Hildas!!

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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.

Alaska State Fair 2008

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Cyrus

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!

Chloe and Cyrus

My Great-Niece Chloe with her new friend, Cyrus!

Cyrus Hard at Work

Cyrus in the Garden

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Escape to the Mountains

My nephew Nick and his girlfriend, Mindy, stole away to the mountains the other day with several of my characters in tow. They returned with the most fabulous photos!

Escape to the mountains

Hal the Tourist Cozies Up with a Local

There’s more pictures – Here is a slideshow of their day!
http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?group_id=&user_id=&set_id=72157606216105643&text=
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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Rufus – My first soft-sculpted canine!






This is little Rufus – He sits about 6 inches tall. He is soft and flexible and such a good boy!!

This is my first soft-scultped dogs. I made the little guys in my sled dog team but they are sculpted quite hard and are not as lifelike as Rufus.

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A Dude Named Alice!






This is Alice – Don’t ask why – he’s just Alice! He looks like a laid back old surfer dude to me. I just love him! What a character!

And I’m pretty sure Alice is Crackers’ Bro’ I caught them down at the lake shore soaking up the Alaskan springtime sun! They are a couple of Laid Back Dudes!



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Mac – Extreme Needle Felting

Meet Mac! He is my crazy little Scotsman with a penchant for Irish Whiskey. I planned on making a grumpy little old man in a wool suit. When I was ready to get Mac dressed, I decided to let him pick out his own outfit. So – it’s not my fault!




It’s a full Scottish Moon!
It’s censored for the blog.
Here’s a link to see the the Real Mac

Party’s Over!!

As you can probably guess, I had a blast creating Mac. In my online classes, I stress the importance of relaxing and having fun! I certainly practiced what I preach when it came to my little Mac. He is about 8 inches tall and solid needle felted wool.

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Jammie Kids!





Here are a couple of my latest creations! I have several more in the works! These are so fun to make – I made these using the same soft sculptural techniques that I teach in my online class. It’s fun and easy to learn! No patterns, no sewing, stuffing and no seams – just solid needle felted wool!

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Happy New Year from the Whole Gang!

Well, another year down – and what a great year it was! I can’t wait to see what roads my needle felting will take me down in 2008.

In my first year needle felting, I have only been able to part with two characters – sob, sob. The remaining cast members decided to all get together for a group shot to wish all you happy needlers out there a very Wonderful and Healthy New Year.

After the group shot – they persuaded me to video them – it’s posted on the home page of my website too. Not only do you get to meet my characters, you get up and close and personal with my knick knacks and family photos they share my shelves with – I’m just glad the camera didn’t pick up the dust!