Posts Tagged ‘Halloween

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

 

27
Sep
15

Needle Felting Workshop!

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Hands down, autumn is my favorite time of year. The smell of leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and Halloween, my favorite holiday! Plus, an upcoming Needle Felting workshop at Sweetwater Center for the Arts!

Keeping Halloween in mind (and my fondness for mysteries and monsters), we are going to felt up some cute and spooky vampires!

Join me Wednesday, October 28, 2015 form 6:30 to 9:30 PM and learn basic needle felting techniques. Space is limited, so sign up now at the Sweetwater website here.

 

 

31
Oct
14

Happy Halloween 2014! Needle felted Charlie Brown Ghost.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

01
Oct
14

Sewickley Public Library’s hosting a Run Red Run Needle Felt Exhibit!

I was asked by the fine folks at the Sewickley Public Library (http://sewickleylibrary.org) to display my fiber sculptures, and I jumped at the chance. A small exhibit of my felties will be on display at the library for the month of October. And since October means Halloween, I’ve included a generous complement of my needle felted monsters, creeps and trick-or-treaters.

This is the largest collection of my felties in one place — besides my work room — and I’m excited to see them featured among the books that inspired many of them. While some pieces are not for sale, others will be available for purchase. Twenty percent of any sales made through the library during October will be donated to the library. If you’ve never visited, Sewickley Library is a great public space, cozy and classic, with a full schedule of community events, local art displays and lots of space for catching up on your reading. So remember, this October, Reading Is Feltamental (wow, sorry about that one).

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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!

03
Oct
13

Needle Felted Ghost and Kitty

Run Red Run Needle Felted Ghost Cat Pumpkin Run Red Run Needle Felted Ghost Cat PumpkinFall is my favorite time of year — the crisp air, changing leaves, pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and, of course, Halloween.  To start the season off, I created a quick, Halloween-themed feltie.  Boo-tiful, isn’t he? The jack-o-lantern is hollowed out and the black cat is removable just in case the little ghost would rather carry around his favorite trick-or-treat sweet.
I hope everyone has a great autumn and Halloween season!



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