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Daredevil work in progress

What’s a Headless Horseman without his horse?  When I was felting the spooky Hessian I planned to make him a trusty steed to ride, but wasn’t sure if I could actually do it.  The friend who designed the horseman for me decided I should handle designing the horse on my own.  I was a bit nervous at first, but I was determined (and encouraged) to do it.  So, here’s a shot of the finished horse (better photos in my next post) and below are some of the work in progress pictures.  Not too bad for my first horse.

Since the horse was going to have a rider, I needed to make an armature for support. This is the first time I ever worked with an armature.

Working with the needles around the wire proved challenging.

But the hard work paid off! I used dozens of horse photos for reference to get the musculature right.


Needle Felted Headless Horseman Design

As I’ve done for the last few dolls, I’m posting Vince Dorse’s concept sketch for the Headless Horseman.  This image (along with some other, rough sketches) is what I used for reference while felting the doll.  Vince has a step-by-step on his process blog that outlines how he put this illustration together.  If you’d like to take a look, it’s here at this link: Vince Dorse Art Blog: The Headless Horseman


The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman, inspired by the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, is decked out for Halloween in his hessian gear.  These boots are made for stomping!  And his pumpkin is made for throwing or wearing as a substitute head.

His outfit was entirely needle felted in Norwegian wool.  Vince Dorse, who designed this doll (and my Invisible Man and Jekyll & Hyde), planned to have these three dolls exist as a set.  So they not only share a theme and literary origin, but all three dolls share a few, key colors (red, purple and black).  So, if you’re out riding through Sleepy Hollow tonight, beware.  You may just have a tiny, wool jack-o-lantern hurled at your head.  I’ll be posting the concept art soon so stay tuned for that.


Invisible Man Design

As promised, here’s Vince Dorse’s design concept for my award-winning Invisible Man feltie.  According to Vince, he was inspired by both Claude Rains’ portrayal in the 1933 movie, The Invisible Man, and HG Wells’ description of the character in his 1897 novel of the same name.  If you know Vince, you know he enjoys old-timey stuff with a lot of texture and layers and “age” to it.  So this doll, with its vintage feel and last-century sensibilities, was a perfect project for him.

I had a lot of fun bringing this guy to life.  And all those layers of clothes (and cuffs and trim and sashes) made it a real challenge.  Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I googled “ascot” to see how to felt one.  In the end, I came away with a real enthusiasm for detail work and I hope to explore that more as I learn and grow with this felting thing.


Just Showing Off

Here’s my Invisible Man doll showing off the 3rd Place ribbon he won in the Living Felt International Felting Contest.  He’s such a ham.  Also in the photo are the Award Certificate and Gift Certificate that the nice people at Living Felt ( sent me.  It was such a nice surprise to come home to.  When I pulled the package out of my mailbox it was like winning the prize all over again.  I can’t thank them enough.

I’m sure I’ll use the gift certificate in the next few days to purchase more supplies and begin a new project.  The positive jolt I got from winning 3rd place really got my creative juices flowing.  Maybe I’ll scrapbook the award certificate, or frame it.  And the ribbon might look nice displayed over my workshop desk…if I can convince my little friend to give it back.


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.


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