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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

 

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27
Sep
15

Needle Felting Workshop!

VampireFelts 

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.

 

 

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!

02
Aug
13

Needle Felted Super Grover

Run Red Run Needle Felted Grover Super Grover

“Presenting the further adventures of everybody’s favorite superhero, the man who is faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet… it’s Super Grover!”  And he is cute too!

I’ve loved Grover, and his super alter ego, since the first time I saw them on Sesame Street. How could anyone not love that little blue monster? He’s so cute!

Measuring in at a fuzzy blue 14 inches, Grover was sculpted on an armature to ensure standability and allowing his arms to stretch forward when he takes flight.  His felted helmet, fabric cape and super emblem are removable so Grover can turn back into his lovable monster self whenever he wants.

And if you haven’t enjoyed the adventures of Super Grover in a while, enjoy this episode:  Click Me

See more photos in the gallery!

11
May
12

Needle Felted Bloo and Reaper Go Home

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bloo Grim Reaper sold Good news, everyone…two more felted cuties found a new home. One is the Grim Reaper that I teamed up with illustrator Vince Dorse to make. The other feltie was a reproduction of Bloo from Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. I just made Bloo to blow off some steam, but someone saw him and decided they had to have him.  I hope he behaves in his new home.

In related news, Bloo turned out to be a hit!  I took a commission to make a second Bloo. He’s not an exact replica of his earlier brother, but no two felts are the same. I’ll put some pictures of the new Bloo once he’s complete…

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




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