20
Sep
19

Feline Felts For A Cartoonist Cat

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After posting a few felted kitties on Instagram I was asked by my friend Wayno® (cartoonist for the nationally syndicated comic, Bizarro) to needle felt a couple cats for his wife’s birthday; two stylized versions of their rescue cats, Jackson and Foster. Wayno® and I discussed the project and decided realistic pet portraits weren’t what he was after — he’s a cartoonist, after all. So I was excited to get the chance to felt some cartoony kittehs!

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I got some photos of Jackson and Foster and got started. Jackson is a little bigger than Foster and one of his eyes is a little cloudy (I’m told it doesn’t stop him from being a regular cat though).  Foster is the orange and white tabby with big, bright eyes.

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These kitties wear collars with tags in real life. I tried my hardest to felt the tags, but just couldn’t get results I was happy with because of their near-sub-atomic dimensions. Another cartoonist friend offered to draw and print the tags on a heavy paper (I know so many handy people). Anyway, they came out perfect! You can actually see the designs on the tags even at that microscopic size.

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I had so much fun felting these little guys. And word from Wayno® is that his wife adores them. Mission accomplished!

30
May
19

Needle Felted MacFluff is On The Case

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It was a foggy night on the docks. I could hear the distant bell of a fishing boat steering into the harbor. But then, another bell chimed nearby — the message alert on my phone! It was James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X, asking if I could needle felt the main character from his book, MacFluff Goes to Sea. A foghorn sounded ominously as I typed my answer. Of course I would. You don’t say no to a pup as cute as MacFluff.

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Here’s the turn around that Jim drew up for the MacFluff feltie.

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Initially, I planned to felt a squinting eye under MacFluff’s patch as a little surprise, but wasn’t sure if Jim had that design element planned. He wasn’t sure what would work best, but when his wife suggested the classic cartoon “X” we all knew that was the perfect solution.

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Jim was such a pro to work with and the process went so smoothly and effortlessly that, with the little extra time and wool I had on hand, I quickly felted up MacFluff’s duck friend, Gordon. Since it was going to be a surprise (and I didn’t have a model sheet to work from) he might not be exactly to scale, but it gave MacFluff a traveling companion for his trip to Jim’s mailbox.

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This is the third or fourth original character I’ve felted for a cartoonist and they’re always fun. Jim was a pleasure to work with and I had a great time sculpting his character. Please check out Jim’s site ellieonplanetx.com and his Instagram and Twitter account @ellieonplanetx. You’ll find lots of fantastic art and a few photos of his sweet dogs! And if you’re interested in reading his book about MacFluff, you can find it here on Amazon.

30
Dec
18

“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but a felted Hamilton isn’t one.”

The hit musical Hamilton is coming to Pittsburgh on New Years, so this latest commission was timed perfectly.

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This Christmas commission for a Hamilton fan was designed to look like a Funko Pop figure. You know…those big, square-headed plastic knick-knacks everyone’s going nuts over? The recipient is a Funko Pop collector and, as of yet, there is no official Funko Pop Hamilton figure. Enter Feltco Pop by yours truly.

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If you’re that one person on the planet who hasn’t seen any promo images from this hit, Broadway musical, here’s the photo of Lin-Manuel Miranda I used for costume reference. (Photo copyright to whoever takes these beautiful Hamilton promo shots)

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I’m told the gift went over big Christmas morning and was a preamble to the recipient getting Hamilton tickets. Lucky kid must’ve been on the “nice” list.

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If Santa didn’t bring you any high-priced Hamilton tickets, consider this: a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind Hamilton feltie from an enterprising local creative might make a more affordable alternative. 😃

I hope everyone had a great holiday! Happy New Year!

31
Oct
18

The Felt Witch Project

Happy Halloween!

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Here’s a little witch I made to see if I could felt it up quickly and finish by Halloween.
I just made it! Whew! I went with a witch since they’re one of my favorite Halloweeny subjects and I like felting them. I wanted the size small and the design simple and this is what I ended up with!

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I hope you all have a great Halloween!

30
Oct
18

Frank ‘n’ Bride, Monsters

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Finally, here’s second part of the wedding commission I worked on. The Mother of the Bride wanted something fun and different for the wedding shoe game (click here to see the game explained).

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She saw my original Frankenstein’s Monster on my site and thought that would be perfect along with a matching Bride of Frankenstein. We worked out a design that would fit her budget and I got to work.

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We went back and forth on making the bride more like she was in the movie or the colorized version that shows up on the internet.

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She really liked the red hair, so we went with that.

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Plum was one of the colors in the wedding so to tie everything together we gave the monster a plum shirt to match the wedding party. Bride-WIP-Run-Red-Run-03.jpg

The client was really happy with the final product and said the bride and groom were thrilled to have them for the wedding and to have such a unique gift to put on display to remind them of their special day. Frankenstein-and-Bride-Run-Red-Run-05.jpg

17
Oct
18

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary As I Felted, Weak And Weary…

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A few months ago, I was asked to make some felties for a wedding. The mother of the bride wanted something unique for the signing table, and since the wedding had an Edgar Allan Poe theme, the first commissioned figure would be the tiny, mustachioed author.

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I’ve felted a few different Poes over the years, but while this new commission was designed to be simple, and not too detailed, it would be a little larger than all my others (which is easier on the eyes and fingertips).

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I dressed Edgar in his traditional suit and tie, and had fun trying out different eyebrow positions. Because the client wanted to keep it simple, I used the basic “egg” form I often use when teaching new students how to felt, and just added some extra touches (like the same color vest the groom was wearing, and a feather quill the client provided).

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The client loved the finished product, and so did the bride and groom. I’m certain he’ll loom morosely over the guestbook at the wedding. And I had an extra-fun time working on him, having been inspired by a recent visit to Poe’s gravesite in Baltimore.

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Next time, I’ll post about the custom felts for the bride and groom. Can you guess what they are? Hint; They’re not Poe characters, but they’re just as spooky fun as he is.

As always, there’re a few more photos in the Gallery to see.

31
Oct
17

Something Felted This Way Comes

Happy Halloween!

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I was commissioned to make a Halloween Witch for a friend after she saw my Little Witch Helga from a few years ago. The only direction she gave me was “make her face scary” but she liked the design of Helga. The new witch got the same candy corn hat and a similar body as Helga. However, this witch has also got a one of a kind handmade broom!

Here’s some progress photos:

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She’s bald!

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Hair!

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More hair!

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She’s all packed up and ready to go! My friend loved her! Whew!  There are more photos of her in the gallery to check out. I hope you all had a great Halloween!




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