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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 that I must learn to say goodbye. So!! Little Daisy […]
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.
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 we took him out sightseeing here in Alaska. When we […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – l-r Li’l Bob Dylan, Li’l Marilyn, Li’l John Lennon, Li’l […]
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 – I don’t think Marilyn wanted to come to life […]
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 […]
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.
My nephews (Nick and Ben) got a hold of some of my unfinished heads and put together this funny little video.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 Chloe with her new friend, Cyrus!
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! 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.
I can only seem to catch these little critters if I stay up very late at night. I’ve been told they are called Droits!
This guy was so fun to create! I blended 4 colors of wool batting together to give him this wonderful skin tone. My little niece named him Doc Treeboat. She is my official character namer.
Meet Mindy! Mindy loves to play outside in the yard! She is an adventurous little thing; climbing trees and dreaming of sailing away to explore far away lands!
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.
This is little Gladys! She is such a silly little thing!
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 […]
This is Crackers! He is a fun lovin’ needle felted guy just enjoying a cold one on the shores of an Alaskan Lake.
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 […]
These were SO FUN to create. They are each roughly 8 inches tall and are 100% wool. They are both rather soft and flexible.
http://flash.picturetrail.com/pflicks/3/spflick.swf 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 […]
Here are a couple of my latest creations! I have several more in the works!
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 […]
This is Santa during his off time. He is wearing his red Union Suit and wool socks. He is about 20 inches tall and is very soft and huggable. I think I captured the twinkle in his eye!!
I think her name is Hazel. She just jumped off my felting pad today. She is really difficult to photograph and is SO much cuter in person. She is another example of a wool soft sculpture – she is so soft and huggable. In her seated position she is about 8 ” tall. Make sure […]
Here is my latest character to leap off my felting pad. His name is Cheider and he is the largest I have made so far. He stands about 20″ tall to the tip of his hat. He is made of 100% wool with no wire armature. I wet felted his hat and it is removable. […]
I just can’t help it – these two crazy kids just showed up on my felting pad. I do find it unusual how this old man bears an uncanny resemblance to my late father. I didn’t mean for there to be any resemblance but it is striking. My four year old niece who only remembers […]
I find it unusual how this old man has an uncanny resemblance to my late father. I didn’t mean for there to be any resemblance but it is striking. Dad had a great sense of humor and would love the fact that I put him in Superman underoos. My four year old niece who only […]
This is Cookie! She knows that a curve is the sexiest distance between two points and she is proud of her voluptuous figure. From a Yiddish word meaning ripe and juicy, Zaftig has come to be understood as pleasantly plump. Cookie is needle felted out of 100% wool. She is very soft and is fun […]
Hi everyone! I’d like to share my fantastic experience that I recently had. In late August, I learned that my needle felting idol, Birgitte Krag Hansen would be in Alaska in early September putting on needle felting workshops. I was so lucky to be able to take not one but TWO workshops with her. The […]
I entered some of my felted creatures into the Alaska State Fair and was pleasantly surprised at how well they did. My little Einstein seemed to be a real favorite. He took first place in the category of Fiber Arts – Needled Felted – Three Dimensional. He also won Division Champion in the Needle Felted […]