Archive for the 'halloween' Category

17
Oct
18

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

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe Run Red Run

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.

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe Run Red Run

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).

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe Eyebrow Run Red Run

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).

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe Run Red Run

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.

Michelle Miller Edgar Allan Poe Grave

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.

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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!

31
Oct
16

Happy Halloween!

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It’s time to celebrate my favorite holiday, Halloween! This year I set some time aside to work on a special piece – a ghoulish vampire with the power to transform into a bat!

For authenticity, I used cursed wool from zombie sheep, sheared by ghosts and dyed by witches! HAHAHAHA! I kid. This little guy is made from C1 wool from New England Felting Supply. Not as spooky, but I love their wool!

You may recognize the monster’s design. It’s very similar to the Little Vampire I worked on a couple years ago, with some notable changes: he’s bigger, balder, and he’s got a buff bat body to boot! This time, I also gave him a cloth cape to add a little variety to the textures of the finished piece.

Here are a few WIP shots

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His body is formed and his pants and vest are felted on. There’s the start of his head under his arm.

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There’s progress on the vampire body. His shirt cuffs are done and the jacket is getting felted on.

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His jacket is finished, looking dapper!

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And here he is almost finished. Making sure his head is the right size one last time.

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Here is the start to his bat body.

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Almost finished felting around the armature for the wings. This takes some time because you have to be careful not to break the needle stabbing into the wire.

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I had a few choices for the wing color. Decisions, decisions. I narrowed it down to these two purples…but which purple would work best?

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I went with the more magenta purple, and here it is going into the frame of the wing.

Happy Halloween everyone! There are more photos of this guy in the gallery to see!

 

 

31
Oct
14

Happy Halloween 2014! Needle felted Charlie Brown Ghost.

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“I had a little trouble with the scissors.” I wasn’t sure I’d have time to get this felted and photographed, but I wanted to do something fun for Halloween. And here he is. Good Ol’ Charlie Brown in his ghost costume. No matter how terrible the costume, no one should get a bag of rocks for Halloween. Come on, people!

I took a photo of the “sheet” without the form under it so you could see those were actual holes, and not just black spots felted on. There are a few more shots of Chuck in the gallery. Happy Halloween!

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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.

 

 

 

31
Oct
13

Needle Felted Halloween Witch

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween WitchMirror, Mirror, On the wall… Who’s the gooniest of them all? Little Witch Helga, of course! I just managed to get this little conjurer finished in time for Halloween. She’s a plucky little sorceress with a unique beauty who doesn’t mind passing out sweets to wayward children on All Hallow’s Eve. Beware…or you, too, may fall under the spell of her googly gaze.

See more images of Helga the Witch in my gallery. And have a Happy Halloween!

13
Oct
12

Day of the Dead Needle Felt

Run Red Run Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Needle Felt Needle FeltedI have a special fondness for Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday.  Maybe it’s because it’s so close to Halloween (my favorite holiday), maybe it’s because skeletons are creepy. I like creepy.

To honor the festival in my own way, I’ve sculpted a calavera… technically, she’s a my interpretation of the Catrina figures that are popular in Mexican culture.

To add a layer of spookiness I went to a local graveyard to snap some of these photos.  I think that they turned out nicely.  You can see more of them in the gallery!

If you like the figure, I hope to have her up for purchase soon at my Etsy shop, RunRedRunShop.




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