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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.
Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost

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.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost

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.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost WIP

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.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost Props

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.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost Attic

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…

Run Red Run Needle Felted Hatbox Ghost

 

12
Aug
12

Work in Progress: Almost Finished

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Here are some more progress shots of the Disney-inspired pirate. The jacket is almost complete in these shots.  The trim around the jacket’s collar/lapels/hem was time consuming, but I think it was worth it. I’ve been needling furiously on the head, so next post: finished pirate!  If you want to go back and see the other WIP posts, just click here and here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24
Jul
12

Work In Progress: It’s the Felting Life for Me Part 2

Run Red Run Needle Felt work in progress pirate

 

Yo Ho!  Still working on the pirate, here are some progress shots.  There will be more to come.  And if you want to go back to the first WIP post, just click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run Red Run Needle Felt work in progress pirate

02
Jul
12

Work In Progress: It’s the felting life for me

Run Red Run Needle Felt Work In ProgressI don’t usually post works in progress because, well, they aren’t finished and they look kind of dopey. But some people have asked to see how these felted sculptures come together so I thought I’d start posting some of those dopey photos.

Here’s the figure I’m working on now. Can you guess what it is? A skinny Hulk in purple pants? A 1930’s newsboy with knickers? Nope. Here’s one clue: The black feet are the start of boots. If you want another clue, scroll down to the other photo.

I’ll post more of these as I go and, though I’m seven months behind on keeping to my New Year’s resolution, I will try my hardest to post more often. See you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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14
Mar
11

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.

22
Dec
10

A Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas!  This is a gift that I made for a friend for Christmas.  She is a big fan of the Peanuts gang, especially Linus.  It’s based on an illustration my friend Vince did which was, of course, based on Schulz’s Peanuts designs.

I also posted some work in progress photos below.  I thought it might be interesting for  people to see some of my process.  And if you’re interested in how Vince put the box illustration together, check out his blog post all about it.

I started by making heads. I made them one after another so that the size matched. This is Linus in the making.

Here's Linus' head with his body. The bodies were made at the same time too and are pretty much identical.

Here's Daryl's head and body. Looks pretty much the same, huh? Her body is getting dressed with shorts, shoes and the start of her shirt.

Here's Linus with his different parts almost complete, I just have to needle felt them all together. Getting that head attached to the body was the most difficult part of the project.

This is the art that Vince Dorse did for the top of the box. I really liked how it turned out and it really completes the gift. Head over to Vince's blog to get the low-down on how he put the illustration together.

16
Sep
10

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!




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