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09
May
20

Another Collaboration: A Needle Felted Devil

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It’s another collaboration! You know the drill. My friend Vince Dorse designed this goofy devil (I love the retro, ‘70s feel of this design). Then, while I worked on needle felting the body, he sculpted the horns and hooves out of paper clay. Then we put it all together.

If you want to see more of the process, we made a video where we talk a bit about needle felting, paper clay sculpting and the design. I’ll embed that video at the bottom of this post. And on the way down there, you can check out some process photos.

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I’m testing out the nose to see if it’s the right shape and size

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Making sure the eyes and teeth fit

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Vince sculpting the hooves and horns out of paper clay and onto wire so they can be attached to the devil

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I felted some of the legs before attaching them to the body

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Vince made the pitchfork out of a wooden dowel and wire before covering the wire with paper clay

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Pitchfork with the paper clay

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15
Jan
20

Do You Want to Felt a Snowman?

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Usually, when I sculpt my felties, I work alone. But recently I thought I’d try a little collaboration with my friend, cartoonist Vince Dorse. He’s done designs for me before, but this time he contributed sculpted, paper clay accessories to the final piece. The result is this snowman that we decided to make on a cold winters day. Vince drew up the design and we got started.

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Sticking with what I knew best, I felted the wool.

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And, trying out something new, Vince sculpted and painted the paper clay accessories. I really love how the paper clay eyes, buttons, and arms turned out!

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A snowman’s a pretty basic sculpt, but getting his personality right is key. Here I am needling in his smile.

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After the accessories were painted, we stuck ‘em into the snowman. They look great!

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He also got a felted scarf and flap hat. We had so much fun working on this sassy snowman during the winter holidays. As we worked, we filmed the process, sped up the video, (for a total of eight minutes instead of hours and hours) and put it up on YouTube complete with commentary.  And here is it for your viewing pleasure:

If you want to follow Vince or me on any of our various social media feeds, here’s all the info you need. Thanks for stopping by.
Vince’s Website: vincedorse.com
Vince’s Instagram: @vince_dorse
Vince’s Twitter: @vincedorse
Michelle’s Instagram: @runredrun
Michelle’s Facebook: Run Red Run

 

29
Oct
14

Trick-Or-Treating Monsters (Needle Felted Fiends)

Run Red Run Needle Felted Skeleton Witch Ghost This time of year is crazy busy for me, with so many commissions coming in and gifts to make. But I couldn’t let October slip by without celebrating Halloween with some felties. The Witch and The Ghost were last year’s sculpts. But that little Skeleton guy? He’s actually something I started a couple years ago and recently found in my great big box of unfinished projects.

Based on a comic character designed by Vince Dorse, the little bag of bones is an honest-to-goodness monster who happens to enjoy Halloween just like a regular kid. I dug him out of his little cardboard coffin, cleaned up the fuzzy edges and got him ready for his big night. It was interesting working on him because I realized how differently I felted just a few years ago compared to my current process. He’s felted more firmly and, therefore, harder to make changes and alterations to.

There are more shots in my gallery. And stop back in a couple days because I’m racing against the clock to get something special done for Halloween.

 

 

 

10
Jan
12

Needle Felted Grim Reaper

Run Red Run Needle Felted Grim ReaperAAAAHHHHH! It’s here again! You know, that creepy time each month when STJ updates its product selections! AAAAAAHHHHH!  I don’t know if I can stand the suspense of waiting until midnight Jan 13th to see all of the awesome new artwork up for sale. Well, in case you’re as impatient as I am, I’m giving you a little sneak peek at what I’m offering for sale this month.

Say hello to my little Grim Reaper!
Based on artwork by illustrator Vince Dorse (check out the design on his blog), this needle-felted fiend solemnly wanders the globe, or maybe just your mantle, collecting its dues…

If you would like to purchase this guy, head over to SpookyTime Jingles to get all the info.  Also, check out my gallery or Flickr page for more photos!

09
Dec
11

Needle Felted Little Zombie For Sale!

By now you might know the drill. At midnight on 13th of every month the SpookyTime Jingles site updates. That means a lot of very talented artisans will have a whole slew of new one-of-a-kind art pieces will be up for grabs! It’s really pretty cool to see what they’ve all cooked up each month. I hope you check it out.
And me? I’ll have a new item for sale too! It’s a little zombie I put together based on artwork by illustrator Vince Dorse.
Get all the details on this sale on my STJ page!

 

Run Red Run Needle Felted Zombie Coffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The illustration by Vince Dorse that I used to needle felt the Coffin Zombie

31
Oct
11

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  I hope that everyone has a fun and spooky night.

-Michelle, Run Red Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29
Oct
11

Ichabod Crane Gets Needle Felted

With Halloween in the air I thought it would be a good time to put up photos of my Ichabod Crane art doll.  Inspired by the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and designed by illustrator Vince Dorse, Ichabod is one of my favorites… and a great companion piece for the Headless Horseman & Daredevil figures I made.  Along with the design sketch posted below, you can see Ichabod, running for his life from the clutches of  the Headless Horseman on Vince’s home page and in his gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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