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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!

 

 

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03
Dec
15

The Haunted Mansion’s Hatbox Ghost

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost

Welcome, Feltish Mortals <—ha! Fans of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion might recognize my latest felted ghoul. It’s the mysterious Hatbox Ghost, a long-rumored-but-rarely-seen denizen of the creepy old attic in that classic attraction.
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The ghost recently returned to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, and I wanted to celebrate by creating this tribute. This time I decided to go beyond the felted figure and build a cobwebbed attic corner for him to haunt as well.

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There are more photos of the finished piece in my gallery, but if you’re interested in how I brought this happy haunt to the life (er…afterlife), I’ve posted a pretty comprehensive step-by-step below. It’s a pretty massive “ghost post” so settle into your doom buggy and let me guide you through my process.

I started with a wire armature to give the ghost stability and make him posable. As the wire was covered with core wool he started taking shape — like some kind of weird monster or a Picasso.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP

I slid the Haunted Mansion Story & Song CD into the player to set the mood, and began adding the blue wool for his skin and clothes.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP

To get the colors I wanted for this I had to order a wool that I don’t normally use and it was a little tougher to work with.  It took longer to felt and ended up a little fuzzier than I like, but the colors were perfect for a felted ghost.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP

I got most of the body done before starting on his creepy face.

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The ghost, his hatbox and top hat. Some parts and pieces coming together.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted an environment for the ghost to haunt, so I asked some friends to help me put together the attic set. I wasn’t aiming for an exact duplicate of the Haunted Mansion attic, just something that evoked that same feeling of creepy clutter.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP Attic

A friend (who, unlike me, knows what he’s doing with woodworking tools) cut strips of wood to replicate the look of vintage roof lattice. Then we stained the wood (three different colors to add depth) and glued it all together.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP Attic

We also collected and built props to create the perfect haunt. Papier-mache boxes were bought and fashioned into hat boxes and a suitcase. We painted them and used craft foam to give the suitcase some old-timey straps and a handle.

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We also rummaged through craft store shelves to find tiny antique-looking frames. I found some images of the actual portraits that collect dust in the Haunted Mansion’s attic, printed them to size, and slipped them into the frames. A few trunks (one with a Barbie wedding dress hanging out) and curious objects (like that rusty birdcage) festooned with some leftover Halloween cobwebs and the attic scene is done. Check my gallery for more photos of the finished piece.

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I love the Haunted Mansion ride, and the story behind this grim, grinning ghost fascinates me, so this project was so much fun to felt!  I’m really glad he’s reclaimed his space in the ride at Disneyland. I’d love to see him in person. They say they always have room for one more soul at the Mansion. I should make my final arrangements for that trip soon. I hear the ghosts are dying to have me…

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10
Jun
12

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe

Run Red Run Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe

I think melancholy sums up my most recent project.  Edgar Allan Poe has always struck me as a sad figure–maybe that’s the price he had to pay for his genius.  There was the movie, The Raven, recently released, which uses the last mysterious days of his life as the setting for intrigue and…murder.  I think John Cusack had the look of Poe down pat.  Something about the eyes, again, sad.  I tried to capture that very same sadness in my feltie’s eyes.  And of course, the coffin also adds a bit of the macabre to the piece.

Poe was another team up with illustrator Vince Dorse.  To see the sketch that I worked from, head over to his blog and take a look.  And go to my gallery to see more photos.

 

 

 

Run Red Run Edgar Allan Poe Bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01
Feb
12

News

Run Red Run Needle Felted Grim Reaper Death

Well gang, my time with SpookyTime Jingles is winding down. This is my last month working with the great ladies at STJ. My latest project, the Grim Reaper, will be for sale at spookytimejingles.com until 2/12/12. Check it out.

What does my leaving STJ mean? It just means that I’m busy at home and work. I’m still needle felting though. I have a project in the works right now. I won’t go into too much detail yet, but I will tell you that it’s the sort of creature you’d seeing running across the English moors in the full moon light. I’ll show you soon.

I’m also focusing on commission work. So, if there’s something special you’d like for yourself or for a gift, get in touch with me and we’ll work out an arrangement!

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

10
Nov
11

Needle Felted Zombie and Day of the Dead Skeleton For Sale!

Wow! Has it been a whole month already? Where does the time go?  Well, as you know, the 13th of the month is that magical time when SpookyTime Jingles gets a total update with all kinds of awesome new artwork!

So, at midnight on November 13th I’ll be placing not one, but two custom-made one-of-a-kind needle felted dolls on sale! The two pieces I’ve created this month are a brain-munching zombie and, to honor the Dia de los Muertos celebration observed on November 1 and 2, a Day of the Dead inspired skeleton.

For some reason I keep thinking that perhaps the zombie was an accountant in his former life. And maybe his name was Frank. But he’s dead now, or rather UNdead, and looking for brains. Speaking of brains, the design for the zombie came straight from my brain to the wool… so, there are no working sketches this time.

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