Last modified on 22/06/08 Fibre Sculptures
My World of Fantasy, where I can let my imagination wander freely, giving me hours of fun!
My ‘little people’ are
individually sculpted by me, using barbed needles that are used in industry to
produce non-woven fabric. I use Cheviot wool for building up the interior, and
then cover the ‘skin’ layers and clothing details with dyed 50’s wool
blends. For hair I either used dyed Cashora goat hair, Wensleydale, Leicester
Long Wool, or natural Blue-faced Leicester locks. They take many hours to make,
as I have to build them up gradually, and therefore they are non-repeatable and
totally unique. As they slowly appear in my hands, they take on their own
identity and character - elves and fairies who weave their own kind of magic!
In preparation for one of my latest book, I have just completed a large-scale figure of 'Neptune', which stands 4ft 6ins high. Working on such a large project was very much a challenge at times, but nevertheless a valuable experience, and one that is not as daunting to execute as you would imagine. You just have to allow yourself plenty of time, and of course the amount of material you use far exceeds that of the smaller-scale figures. To help others undertake large-scale fibre sculpture projects, I am including detailed instructions for such figurative work in my book, 'Felt Figures Great and Small: Wet and Dry Sculpting Techniques', which is now on sale from me.
DEVELOPMENTS I have just been working on a series of small scale all wool dry needle felted animals, which make ideal projects for first time 'needlers', and developed a number of 'Starter kits', with full explanations and all materials needed to make them (instruction sheets, Norwegian wool in greys, black, and white + 2 regular and 1 Star needle and a sponge) for £15 + £3.50 UK postage (overseas airmail shipping £5). These, and other boxed kits can now be obtained from me by Mail Order, or from my Shopping site
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS I have been working on a new series of 'Book People', starting with characters from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland', which were exhibited at my Solo Exhibition, 'Journeys' at Birnam Arts Centre in 2007.
I have used old wine bottles as foundations for these figures, and have built them up with seamless felting techniques and dry needle-felting modelling. If you would like to see them in greater detail, click here.
Instruction sheets for Mermaids or Fairies (£4.50 + £1 UK p & p)
Want to buy the completed animals? [click here]
For other types of U.K. needles only [click here]
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