Posts Tagged ‘needle felting



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.

 

 

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20
Jul
15

Pepino and the Peps!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Christmas Mouse

This was a fun (and daunting) commission. The client had a vintage Christmas ornament that was a cherished heirloom in her family. She had no way of deciding which of her four adult children would get the ornament, so she came up with a unique solution: having me recreate the figure, Pepino the Christmas Mouse, four times. (only 3 shown in photo alongside the original).

It was fun, but as each of the felties is a unique, hand-crafted item, it was a challenge to try to match the original as closely as possible four separate times. Another hurdle was finding a company that supplied wool in the colors I needed to match the original Pepino. There are a lot of reds in the world, and finding just the right one was a bit of trial and error. And, as you can see, the green of the original Pepino (and even the pink inside the ears) faded to grey over time, so the client and I agreed it would be nice to bring those parts back to their original, festive colors.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Christmas Mouse

In the end, the client was very happy with the outcome. No word yet on how her brilliant solution went over with her children. I like to keep in mind that my client commissioned me to recreate four Pepinos and worked with me over a period of months to nail down all the exacting details — and that kind of effort and care seems like something I’d cherish even more than the original store-bought item. I hope the kids agree!

For a little backstory on Pepino: The client named the mouse after a song by Lou Monte, Pepino the Italian Mouse.

11
Jun
15

Mike and Mindy Commission

Run Red Run Needle Felted Mike and MindyJon Esparza, creator of the webcomics Mike and Mindy, Bubble Fox, and Peppertown, commissioned me to sculpt his characters, Mike and Mindy, in glorious 3-D form.  These two have a lot of fun together and get into some crazy situations. You can laugh along with Mike and Mindy and all of Jon’s comics over at jonscrazystuff.blogspot.com, read a few of his comics below, and see more shots of these wacky kids in the gallery.

Jon EsparzaJon EsparzaIt was great working with Jon. He tells me he’s thrilled to see his characters in 3-D. These 8-inch Mike and Mindy figures represent the third time I’ve been commissioned to recreate comic characters (Bigfoot and Scout from Untold Tales of Bigfoot and Lope from The Graveyard Gang being the other two).

Run Red Run Needle Felted Mike and Mindy

Mike and Mindy going home

 

05
Jun
15

A “Beary” Fun Class!

 

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear

I taught another needle felting class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts this month. Like last time, we went over basic needle felting techniques. But this time, instead of an owl, the class made a bear.

The students did a wonderful job sculpting the wool into cute little bears. The class was filled with mostly first-timers (and one repeat student) and I love how they each added their unique spin on the project.

I hope to teach another class in the near future. As soon as I know all the details, I’ll post them here.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear Class

 

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear Class

 

 

 

25
Apr
15

Upcoming Needle Felting Class

That’s right! For those of you who couldn’t make the first workshop (or if you took the first workshop and want more exposure), there’s a second workshop at Sweetwater Arts Center on Friday, May 29th at 6:30PM. We’ll be making a bear, more cartoony than realistic, entirely out of wool!  You can check out Sweetwater at http://www.sweetwaterartcenter.org for registration details. Hope to see you there!

 

 

23
Mar
15

Owl Be Darned! Needle Felting Class Was A Success!

The other day, I taught a needle felting workshop at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. We had a good turnout of enthusiastic participants who learned the basics of needle felting in one whirlwind, three-hour class. For the workshop, I created a stylized owl and the group followed along, each felting their own owl.

The owl I made for the workshop

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Me setting up for the workshop

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During the workshop

Everyone did a fantastic job and put their own creative spin on the project. I’m super proud of my students and the amazing job they all did. Since the workshop was such a success, I’ve already got another one scheduled for May — where we’ll be felting a bear!

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A student’s finished owl!

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All the finished owls!

23
Dec
14

A Santa Claus For Mrs. H

Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa                                          I felted a Santa this year for my high school art teacher.  I can’t draw. Never could. And yet she worked tirelessly trying to teach me perspective, values and composition. Not many people have that kind of patience. But through all of my underwhelming experiments with 2D art, she continued to encourage me to find my creative spark. It wasn’t until years later when I started needle felting that all of her efforts finally hit home. I wanted to thank her for her encouragement, and a felted Santa Claus seemed like a fun way to do it.
Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa w BoxIn addition to all of her support in High School, more recently she was instrumental in my having a collection of felties on display at the Sewickley library in October (my first show!) and she talks up my work to anyone who will listen.  She was my all time favorite teacher. Not only because she’s so generous with her time and talent, but under all of that she’s just a really great person.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa and Bing This Santa is slightly different than the last Santa I made.  Oval eyes this time, instead of round (I thought the slight tilt made him look kinder) and his jumbo mustache might actually reach out farther from his face than my last Santa, if that’s possible. And since I can’t seem to run a photo shoot without one cat or another sticking their head into the mix, I’m including the photo of Bing the tabby sizing up Santa as a potential chew toy.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! And the Happiest of New Years!
There are more photos of Santa in the gallery if you want to check them out.




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