Archive for September, 2010


Needle Felted invisible man wins 3rd place in competition

I entered my very first needle felting contest this past August — The Living Felt 2010 International Felting Contest.  I’m very happy to announce that my Invisible Man won 3rd place!  All the entries were wonderful, and I’m sure the judges had a rough time deciding.  I’m just thrilled I made the cut!  Congratulations to all the other participants.  The quality of work on all the contest entries was impressive and will serve as inspiration for me the next time I pick up the ol’ needle.


Needle Felted Invisible Man

Here’s my Invisible Man art doll in both visible and “invisible” stages.   The Invisible Man, based on the H.G. Welles novel, was designed by my friend, Vince Dorse.  As usual, I’ll post his cool design sketch in a later post.  I had a lot of fun working on this doll and I’m really pleased with how great the bandages look.  They were done separately and wrapped around the head afterward (which was difficult, because his head is invisible).  For more shots of the doll (taken by my friend and professional photographer Alex Patho), please take a look at my gallery.


Say Cheese!

You didn’t think I was taking all of these beautiful photos of my dolls, did you?  I took the work in progress shots, but the finished photos, the really nicely-lit photos with a studio feel and a nice composition–those were taken by my good friend (and professional photographer) Alex Patho.

That’s Alex in the photo (I forced him to let me take this shot).  He’s a great photographer and, whenever I can, I try to go to him for my photo work.  You can take a look at some of his work at his website (also in my blogroll):


Jekyll and Hyde Design

Here’s another art doll design Vince Dorse did for me.  This one, obviously, for my Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde feltie.  I love how this looks like an old timey movie poster.  This is the first of three in a series centered around horror literature.  I’ll be posting the other designs (and the dolls I made from them) soon.


Needle Felted Jekyll & Hyde Work-In-Progress

Here’s Hyde, the handsome devil, in his completed form.  But I’m also posting some of my work-in-progress (wip) photos.  I happened to remember to take a few while making these guys.

1) This first shot shows a comparison of the two heads. Boy does Hyde have a giant nose!  Still need to do the ears. 2) The pants, shoes and spats are complete. 3) Dr. Jekyll gets sleeves and a collar for his dress shirt. 4) The jacket sleeves go on along with the vest and ascot. Looks like the silly man put his vest on over the jacket!


Needle Felted Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The inspiration for this piece was Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  As everyone knows, the respectable Dr. Jekyll drinks an experimental potion that turns him into the wild and crazy Mr. Hyde.

These guys are wearing a three piece suit all made out of wool.  Sharp!  I really enjoyed needle felting the spats on the shoes and the tails on the coat.  I didn’t even know what spats were until my designer explained them (He’s got this thing about old timey-time stuff).  The only things that aren’t wool are the eyes and the props.  Unfortunately for both me and Hyde, that’s not a real diamond on his walking stick.


Needle Felted Red and Wolf Design

In my last two posts I’ve mentioned that I work with an artist friend who does the design work for a lot of my projects.  I really like what he comes up with so I thought I should write a post about him and how our process works.

Most of the time he begins with a sketch that establishes the structure of the character and a follow-up color comp so I know what color wool to use.  Then I start sculpting.  Not only do those sketches turn into a wool doll, but most of the time he brings the illustration to a more finished stage.  That’s what this image is.  I love the old timey look he gave to Red and the wolf.

He has a website that is a full of his illustrations, the stuff he does when he’s not designing my projects.  Check them out at


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