Posted by: gourmetfelted | January 14, 2014

Needle Felted Cat by Gourmet Felted ~ What size felting needle?

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Here is a fluffy Siberian long furred Silver tabby cat that I felted using  #36 and #38 star felting needles.

Question: I recently received this question. When do you know it is time to go to the next size needle?

Answer:

That is a really good question! If you have felted something to the point that the needle doesn’t do anything anymore, then a finer needle is needed. The finer needles are the higher numbers. A #38 star needle is good as it has an extra row of barbs which grab the wool better.

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Question: What is the best size felting needle to use?

I think that there are no hard rules on this.  My favorite is a #36 needle. Years ago when I started needle felting all that was easily available were #36 coarse needles.  So that is what I used for two years and everything was fine. I always use a #36 needle. I use coarse wool for the core as it felts fast and provides a firm base to felt fur into. The coarse #36 needle is great for this. I also use a #38 medium star needle. This needle usually costs a little more but it is really worth it.  I use this needle for face detailing as it is a shorter needle which gives more control for the little area of the face.

Fine needles #40 or #42

Once in a while I do use fine needles if I am using fine wool for a very smooth surface layer like skin.  The thinner needles make smaller holes. If you use a #36 coarse needle the holes would be much larger on a fine wool like merino.

So all in all I really do believe that felting needle size is a personal choice and depends on the fiber that you use,  how firm that you want to felt it and  what you like best.

Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Posted by: gourmetfelted | November 24, 2013

Needle Felting Poem from Gourmet Felted giveaway

This is such a lovely poem on Needle Felting, that I just had to post this again! This was from a givaway asking the question…what do you like about needle felting! I’m sure that we all can relate to this!   Congratulations Cindy! Thank you for the lovely poem!
Please let me know which wool that you would like as a thank you. Just go to my Etsy shop and pick one out!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.gourmetfelted
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I sit here in my quiet space
Putting aside the day I’ve faced
Eagerly pulling my basket out
This is MY moment without a doubt.

So soft, the fiber between my fingers
I only wish this time could linger
For so many ideas run through my mind
If only I could find a little more time!

In and out the needle goes
What shape is next? Maybe toes?
Maybe eyelashes, or a tiny pout….
Alas, evening turns night…time has run out!

Yet tomorrow is another day,
I’ll do my work and then I’ll play!
I’ll sit there in my quiet space
and felt away the day I faced.
~cea~

Thanks so much for inviting me to this blog…I was very pleased to see so many instructions as I am always eager to learn. I can see this site will be a great way for me to advance my beginner skills! Felting is a beautiful hobby. I paint pet portraits, and often they keep me in my art room, away from my family. Felting is something that I can do in solitude or in the presence of my family. I can start and stop at the drop of a hat, I can even take my basket with me while I wait for someone at the doctor’s office. I have hopes of using the pieces that I make to help toward the animals I rescue. It’s a very comforting hobby and I am so glad I have stumbled upon it and the wonderful people I have met through it. Many thanks, Cindy

New Improved Pumpkin Tutorial. Even EASIER and faster than my previous version!  Fancier too!

Yes that right! It is easier! I have some Custom Made Wool Batting that is simply gorgeous!

WHAT IS BATTING?

Batting is made of layers of wool in colors carefully picked.  Then the wool is put through a carding machine and the colors are all combed together loosely. You can see the different shades of orange wool that is highlighted with golden silk. There is a brown for the stem and greens for the leaves.  I had this batting made of specific colors that I wanted for my pumpkin kits. All of the details are in the batting, so you can make a base pumpkin and then wrap it up in the batting. It is so fancy it looks like you worked on it all day..but you didn’t!

STEP ONE:

MAKE A BASE.

I like the  pumpkin that is the Cinderella shape. I felted in a line to make ridges that go around the pumpkin. I use coarse wool for the core and it saves on felting the whole thing out of the more expensive colored wool. The coarse wool felts faster and makes a firm base to felt into.

Make a ball and felt it together with a #36 coarse needle.Whatever size that you start with, after you felt it, it will be about 1/4 of the size, depending on how firmly that you felt it.  You may have to add more wool a few times before you end up with the size that you want.

STEP TWO:

Ok , now for the fun stuff!!! Let’s add the color!!

Wrap the base with a piece of the wool batting. Felt it together on the top and bottom.  Next felt in some grooves all around. The batting has darker shades of orange that show in the grooves.

STEP THREE:

Make a stem. Take a piece of the tan wool and folded  in half before felting.I split the base into 3 pieces to form the base of the stem. Felt into a steam shape with the base unfelted. Felt the bottom over the top of the pumpkin as pictured.

STEP FOUR:

I added a leaf and some mohair curls for tendrils. I put a little of the brownish purple on the bottom.

That’s it!  Now you have a little masterpiece pumpkin. Each one is unique!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY MY NEW NEEDLE FELTING PUMPKIN KIT SEE IT IN MY ETSY STORE. **Just click below. Includes the gorgeous pumpkin batting, 2 felting needles, core wool, tan wool, green wool and BONUS green mohair curls for tendrils!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/32260130/learn-needle-felting-pumpkin-kit-diy-by?ref=v1_other_2

Feeling more ambitious? I have a new SILK pumpkin kit that makes gorgeous pumpkins in any color that YOU choose! You make doodles with the silk strands to decorate it! Each is one of a kind!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/15579083/make-a-needle-felted-fantasy-pumpkin-diy?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=needle+felted+pumpkin+kit&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

HAPPY FELTING!

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You may wonder..how do I custom blend wool to get just the right color? Well search no more..you have stopped at the right spot!

HOW TO CUSTOM BLEND YOUR OWN WOOL COLORS!!!

First gather together what you need. I have my 2 file cards from the hardware store, some black alpaca and some fawn alpaca. These were under $10 each which is a lot better than $75 for wool hand carders!  I need to make some fur the color of a shepherd with the tan and black mix. Before you start, make sure that your carders are clean. I used a felting needle to carefully pick out the wool, as I had just mixed some white and pink for my chinese crested and I didn’t want either of those colors in the black and tan mix.

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STEP ONE:
Lay the black alpaca on the file catching the tips on the teeth of the file. Watch out for the wires! I got poked on one of them! OUCH!!

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STEP TWO:

Next I laid a THIN layer of the fawn alpaca on top of the black alpaca. A little goes  a long way to blend color in. I always start with a small amount as more can be added if needed.carding-wool-006

STEP THREE:

Next you just brush them together. I like to brush away from my body and then towards it to mix it up well. Keep brushing until the colors are blended in the way that you want them to be. brush…. brush…..brush…..

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This is pretty much the color that I needed for my dog. There are some lighter areas on the dog, so I can use the lighter areas out of the mix. That’s all there is to it. Total time is about a minute or so. You can now make your own custom colors!!!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | October 10, 2013

Your Needle Felting Questions Answered~Can I Felt Pet fur?

I frequently get asked if pet hair can be felted? The answer is…it depends on the fur. I felted cat fur for the cat sculpture that I made here. It was the fluffy undercoat so it worked out fine. I still had to blend it with other wool to get the right color. If you have hair that is short and slippery like lab fur, chihuahua fur,and the like, it would be very hard to felt. The fluffy undercoat of dogs is easiest to felt. Such as collies, sheltie, huskies, shepherds,poms , and any breed that is double coated. Poodle hair works as does yorkie fur. Yorkie fur has to be worker a little more. It is sweet to use your pet fur in a pet sculpture as it makes a special keepsake that can become a family heirloom. The best thing to do is experiment and see what you can do!!

3 little bearsThese sweet little bears were felted from pure cat fur made by someone who runs a CAT RESCUE. Now that is recycling!!LOL!!

~~~MORE TIPS and QUESTIONS ANSWERED AT~~~

***After you read this post, if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page…..I know, it is a long page, but there are some lovely pictures on the way..At the bottom of this page there are several more “YOUR NEEDLE FELTING QUESTIONS ANSWERED” and also more “NEEDLE FELTING TIP OF THE WEEK” to help you. Just click on the title, and it goes right to the post. Go back after you’ve read it to click on another. Fun right?

HAPPY FELTING!!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | September 10, 2013

How to Clean your Needle Felted Dog /Cat /Animal / Item ~Gourmet Felted

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I just finished this Needle Felted Yorkie Sculpture of a cute Yorkie named Bebe. She is a Custom Pet Portrait and is fully poseable.

QUESTION:

I just received a needle felted cat as a present.  Do you have any advice on how to care for these sculptures?

I am worried that my cuddling will wear out my new darling as I love to touch him!  Thank you for your help.

ANSWER:

>>>>>>CARING FOR NEEDLE FELTED ITEMS<<<<<<<

Long coated fur SHOULD NOT be combed or brushed. It is better to use a large needle to gently “comb’ the fur. Trim any strays instead of pulling out.

As you may have guessed, keeping them behind glass is the beat way to protect them. Of course many people don’t have that available.

I have read to use a dampened cloth, blower duster, hair dryer, or tape.

DON”T!

Don’t ever use moisture with them. If you wet the wool then the dust will stick even more to them.
A hairdryer could also blow the dust in deeper than it will blow off.
Tape is a good way to raise a little bit of fuzz, so unless you want a fuzzy look on a formerly smooth coat, I’d avoid tape. It could also pull out fur!
It also won’t reach the dust settled down into the fibers because unlike mohair, which has a backing/base, there is no ‘base’ to needle felted items.

A small vacuum is good to suck the dust off. Before you use it though, it is a good idea to make sure that everything is firmly attached to your sculpture. You can use a full sized vacuum, with a sock or hosiery over the wand head. Hold it on tightly with a rubber band. You can also slide open the side vent on the tube that some vacuums have for dusting drapes so there is less suction.

If you handle your pieces a lot, be sure to wash your hands EVERY time before touching them. The oils in your hands won’t be obvious, but over time will leave a film which will hold dust even firmer. So all in all, it is easier to keep them clean rather than trying to clean them later. Enjoy your new wool sculpture!
~Gerry

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 and the winner is Laureen L. Lacey! congrats!! Please pick out your wool felting fiber which will come with 2 needles! gfelted.etsy.com. Thank you!~Gerry

gourmet blend 008free-wool-002Yes I have had my needle felting blog for almost FIVE years!! Wow does time fly!

I am thanking  all of my followers with a chance to win FREE needle felting wool and a FREE felting needle AND a reverse felting needle!! A reverse felting needle is great to pull out a halo of short fibers all around your feltie to make short fur!

Photos show my fluffy alpaca assortment and my gourmet fiber mix to try new felting fibers such as silk, angora bunny and mohair!

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Winner will be chosen on August 21st which is my five year anniversary! yay!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Posted by: gourmetfelted | July 31, 2013

My FIRST Needle Felted Guinea Pig by Gourmet Felted

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I just got an order for my first guinea pig. Not just a regular one but a long coated Abyssinian!! You know, the long silky coated ones with the whirls of fur that are like cow licks? How could I make that fur?

Well. I started with some lovely black mohair as I figured it had enough body to stand up in the whirl patterns….it did but it had a little crimp and wasn’t silky enough so after I had a large area furred I had to pull it all out and start over again!! Bother! Has that ever happened to you?

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So then I added some silky fur. Much better!

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I was recently asked this question which got me to thinking about the real answer. Actually there are several reasons why I create Custom Pet Portraits. The first and foremost reason is…
I LOVE DOGS!

I have always been drawn to them and as I child I would fearlessly go up to any dog and pet it. People even told me that their dogs were not friendly but they always were with me. As I got older I drew hundreds of pictures of dogs and never missed a dog show…local or televised!

Another reason is that I love to make people happy. I just finished this lovely dog named Casey and this is what her owner said when I sent the photos of her sculpture for her approval.

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“When I first opened the email with the photos of my sculpture, I got tears in my eyes. This IS my Casey. The body proportions are perfect (which was difficult because she is part Beagle and part German Shepherd), the coloring is spot-on, and the details are astounding. The tail! The ears! Every time I look at the sculpture, I’m amazed at how well you captured my beloved pet. Casey is now 14 and was diagnosed with malignant melanoma recently, and her hips are failing. I’m preparing myself for the inevitable loss…and this sculpture embodies the real Casey–figuratively, in the way you captured her stance and smile, and literally, because some of Casey’s real fur was used in the sculpture. This is the second sculpture I’ve ordered from you, and I continue to be awed by your talent and artistry. Thank you for this, Gerry!”

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I was so happy that she loved her custom sculpture of Casey and it is something that she will always treasure! They are even able to pose to add to the fun! I hope that she will remember the happy times that she had with Casey whenever she sees the sculpture that I made for her. To me this is so satisfying and I am grateful that people love my work! I feel honored that they trust me to create their dog in miniature!! Needle felting is a great creative outlet for me and I always have a dog of sorts (felted) in my house even though no pets are allowed. I ship my dogs all over the world and they all have a piece of my heart! I pour many hours and much love into each one! I do get attached to them and some are hard to give up!!lol! It doesn’t matter what breed they are….I Love them ALL!!

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Posted by: gourmetfelted | June 27, 2013

NEEDLE FELTING ~TUTORIAL~DOG NOSES FOR NEEDLE FELTED DOGS~EASY

SNIFF SNIFF..WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NOSES? So many people have asked me that! I don’t buy them….I MAKE THEM MYSELF, AND NOW YOU CAN TOO!!

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FREE TIP!
WHAT SIZE NOSE?
Compare the size of your dogs eyes to the size of the nose. Sometimes they are close in size but usually a dogs nose will be larger than the eye. Measure the eye and see how much larger the nose is. Is it 1 1/2 times larger or 2 times larger? Make the nose to that size and it will be just the right size.

STEP ONE: Please go to this link for the tutorial. I decided to sell some of my tutorials as my husband has a rare disease and insurance won’t pay for his medicine. I just finished the tutorial to make your own noses for Needle Felted dogs, wolves, foxes, etc. Here is the link. More Tutorials to come soon!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155246636/needle-felted-dog-nose-tutorial-diy-by

Thank you! Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Posted by: gourmetfelted | June 3, 2013

Needle Felted Dogs and……

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Here are a couple of my Pet Portrait Sculptures.  Jerry a cute little Yorkie is seeking a safe place between English Mastiff Zulu’s mighty legs!  Zulu is on her way to Australia and Jerry is going to Mexico. Yes my felted sculptures are all over the world! Someone asked me what I did when I wasn’t creating needle felted dog Portraits. I do love organic gardening even though I wish that I had more time to plant more. Here are some of my herbs and lettuce for some yummy salad!

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This is Lemon Balm which is great in salads, ice teas and anything that tastes good with lemon. Also some chives with their lavender edible flowers that  make the prettiest pink vinegarImage

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Gorgeous red and green fresh lettuce!

I also love to spin art yarns and knit a little when I have the time. Here is a lovely pure silk shawl that I just finished knitting. There is a lovely lace on the bottom half and it is just large enough to keep your shoulders and upper arms cozy in those cool AC shops.

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Here is one of my wild art yarns! A simple stitch creates a work of fiber art! This is called Grapevine.

Please visit my shop to see more! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dreamfiber

 

Enjoy your day!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | April 29, 2013

FUR! How to trim Needle Felted dog fur by Gourmet Felted

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I was recently asked…..How to trim fur??? Good question!

Answer:

That would depend on the breed. You could pull it out straight from the side of the body for a layered look or just trim along the bottom. Think what they do at the beauty salon to cut hair. You snip little pieces bit by bit all over the body. It can take about 30 minutes to trim and groom a long coated 4 inch dog. Sometimes if you have felted in too much fur, then you have to pull some out as it is “over furred” Much patience is needed but the end result is worth it. Actually with some breeds it is easier to use the length of fur that you actually want from the beginning. Then you don’t have so much trimming to do at the end. When you fur a sculpture you are actually doing the whole dog twice so much time is involved. Be sure to have sharp scissors for faster clipping. A scissor sharpener is worth the investment and can help you snip once instead of two or three times which can happen when the scissors are dull. I love grooming dogs real or felted. Take a large needle and “comb” as you go. Sometimes you have to add a bit where the fur is too thin.
Happy felting!
~Gerry

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Posted by: gourmetfelted | March 7, 2013

Gourmet Felted shop featured on Crave Handmade!

crave handmade I am so excited that the Crave Handmade site is featuring my shop this month! This is such a great site! Be sure to visit.

www.cravehandmade.com/

A site dedicated to the promotion and exploration of the handmade community

Posted by: gourmetfelted | January 22, 2013

Needle Felted Black Cat ~ Custom Pet Portrait ~ by Gourmet Felted

cat myrtle Well here is a sleek black cat that I made recently. It takes me twice as long to make a cat as a dog.  I keep trying to make them more realistic but I struggle.

Posted by: gourmetfelted | November 22, 2012

Your Needle Felting questions Answered~Felting curly fur

QUESTION:

I am trying to figure out how to add curls to the poodle I have needle felted. It’s an off white color replica of my brother’s dog (carefully following all your armature and core directions-it’s firm and ready for curls). I can’t find anywhere info on
1) what wool roving/locks to buy and
2) how to attach them without ruining the curls.
You do it beautifully. Could you give me a couple of tips and/or point me in the right direction so I can finish this project? Thanks very much in advance!

Caroline Otto in Utah

Hi Caroline!

Thank you for your question!

Curly wool is fun to use on felted aniamals.  I like to  use poodle curly fur for the fur on Poodle sculptures. When you felt on curls try to felt the areas in between the curls so they aren’t flattened.  I did the fur on this Poodle sculpure ALL with poodle fur. I didn’t mix it with anything else as I didn’t want to disturb the tiny curls in the fur. Just felt in a little at a time. This poodles fur was exceptionally fine so it was a little harder to felt in than wool but the results are worth it! Plus it adds a personal touch to a Pet Portrait!

If you run out of curls I have more here!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GourmetFelted?section_id=5642801

Happy Felting!

THANK YOU for all of your great tips! EACH of them is helpful for anyone that wants to improve their needle felting technique!

Here is a tip that I thought could help everyone! And it’s so easy! I have seen some really lovely sculptures with very crooked eyes. Mary’s tip will really help that problem. Congrats to Mary!! She wins her choice of felting wool.

This felting tip is from Mary:

“Hi all, I’m just learning needle felting and having a little trouble getting eyes to line up. I tried using ball-head pins to position the eyes and that works good except when I have to remove pin to attach eye I sometimes lose placement. So I tried this tip: Take a thin strip of contrasting wool and place it on head to “draw” a guideline across face to help get eyes (and ears too) all lined up correctly. Lightly attach the wool line at each end to keep in place with a few pokes of the needle. Make a horizontal line and a vertical line for each eye if that helps. Do not permanently attach this wool line…it’s just a guide. Yank it out to remove it after you have your eyes sewn in (or glued).”

Would you like to win some Free wool of your choice just for a felting tip? Now you can try a new felting fiber for free! The picture shows alpaca which I use the most! It is my favorite for fur as it is soft and fluffy! I also have core wool in different animal colors for faster felting!  My core wool is not trash wool and can be used to make any short haired dog as the only wool. I never use merino for the core as that takes too long to felt as it is so fine. The core wool is coarse and felts together in a jiffy! Then I add a layer of fluffy alpaca or curly wool for fun! I also have cute wool curls in different colors.

All you have to do is tell me the best tip that has really helped in your needle felting adventure! Leave the tip in a comment with a wool choice ($10 value) (see link below) The best felting tip that can help the most people is the winner. Winner will be picked on NOVEMBER 1, 2012!

To leave your tip just click on “leave a comment” below.

Go here to pick out the wool of your choice!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GourmetFelted?section_id=5642801

Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Posted by: gourmetfelted | October 2, 2012

Squirrel Wedding Cake Toppers~ Needle Felted by Gourmet Felted

Here are my latest Sculptures! A Bride and Groom Squirrel for Wedding Cake Toppers! I Needle Felted a Sculpture of a Gray Squirrel for the Groom and a rare white squirrel for the Bride. I created each one with a realistic look with a touch of whimsy. Made without patterns or kits.  Several days of work and much love went into these Squirrels. This is Charles A. Corn III and Isabella Nutkins…soon to be Mrs. Charles A. Corn lll.

The Groom has a felted rust silk bowtie, and a fiddle head boutonniere. He also has white silk cuffs with tiny acorn cufflinks. The Bride has a beautiful fall bouquet and mini pearl necklace. She has a cute birdcage veil.

Posted by: gourmetfelted | August 4, 2012

Needle Felted Poodle “Tango” by Gourmet Felted

Here is a cute Custom Miniature Black Poodle named Tango. I Love to needle felt poodles and wish that I could keep this one.  He was such an adorable model!  It is fun to work with tiny curls from baby lambs to make his poodley coat! A cute pink tongue adds to the fun!  I tried to capture his happy personality!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | April 2, 2012

Needle Felted Hedgehog~Sweet Pea not Sonic! By Gourmet Felted

Here is my latest..a cute hedgehog named Sweet Pea.  I like to create my Sculptures with a realistic look with a touch of whimsy. She is about 3 1/2 inches long. I thought that she looked cute in my spring flowers!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | March 14, 2012

Your Needle Felting Questions answered by Gourmet Felted

QUESTION:

Kim asks: “I’m just starting with Needle Felting and my sister has asked me to make a Snowy Owl…I just don’t know how I’m going to do the little talons. Your posts are very helpful!

ANSWER:

Hi Kim,
Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind words. Several ways come to my mind for talons. You could make them out of polyclay like sculpy or fimo. That is how I made the beak and nostrils on my parakeet. I have also seen them made from wire wrapped with embroidery thread. People have also used beeswax for talons. I would use thread wrapped wire myself as I did for the parakeet. Thanks for your question!
Happy Felting!
~Gerry

 

QUESTION:

I am making a set of angry birds and want to add feet. I like your suggestions above. Could you tell us the best way to attach wire feet wrapped in thread? I have the same question for the polymer clay option. Thanks in advance. I love your fabulous creations and your excellent and informative blog!

ANSWER:

HI Caroline!

Welcome! Thanks for your comment on my bird feet post. When you make the feet and legs you need about 1/4 to 1/2 extra leg wire UNwrapped at the top to stick into the body. I would take a coarse felting needle like a #36 and felt a deep hole where each leg goes in. Place the legs in the hole and see if you have the placement right. Then remove the legs, add glue in the hole or on the wire ends and put the leg back into the hole. I would use hot glue or krazy glue/super glue for fast drying. Then add a little wool and wrap at the top of the leg to make the bird ” thigh”ie drumstick! lol!

The poly clay was for the talons/claws. You could mold them on the wire tips and shape them into claws. Then just cook them on the wire feet as directed. Then wrap the thread on the toes.

I added claws to bears as an after thought and shaped and cooked the claws first. Then I had to needle felt a hole where each claw went in. Then I had to glue them in at the right angle and depth. I then added a little fur at the base of each claw. That whole process took me TWO hours. Definitely a labor of love!!LOL!

Happy Felting!
~Gerry

 

Posted by: gourmetfelted | March 9, 2012

My Needle Felted Yorkie in Treasury! By Gourmet Felted

Isn’t it amazing all the neat things that people do with wool? This is such a lovely Treasury and I’m honored to be included!

To see it closer click here.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTcxOTAxNjR8MjM5Mjk0ODQ2MQ/i-felt-that-all-the-way-over-here

Great for inspiration!

Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Hedgehogs to wear, love,  admire, hug and kiss!! Cuteness to the max!

I made this adorable collection of Hedgehogs that I found on Etsy! Here is the link if you’d like to take a peek! Click  on a picture there  for a close look at some incredible creations!

Please leave a comment there with your favorite! I couldn’t pick just one!!lol! Can you??

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjM2NDg1M3wyMjg0MTQ5NDMz/melt-your-heart-hedgehogs?ref=pr_treasury

Thanks for visiting!!

~Gerry

Here is my FIRST Needle Felted cat! She is supposed to be a Persian Kitten! Well, I tried!! You have to start somewhere right? I have people who get discouraged because they can’t make the type sculpture that they want with their first few tries. I have been needle felting for over 3 years, and  I still struggle with cats ! I am allergic so haven’t been around them much. Because of this. I’m not as familiar with a cat’s anatomy. I have had to study and sketch cats to understand their make up.

This is a good way for everyone to start. Whenever you make a sculpture, try to improve one area as you work. Then when you make your next sculpture you will be able to have that spot looking good. Do this little by little and you will see your advancement! Here is a black and white Tuxedo cat that I made recently. I do still struggle and take much more time on cat sculptures compared to dog sculptures.  But I do try to improve an area as much as I can.

Don’t get discouraged! Keep on felting!

Someone just asked me what my favorite sculpture was!

This is my FAVORITE Sculpture that I have made so far! This was a Sculpture that I made just for fun and sold on Ebay.  I even put him on my business cards! I was sad to see him go. Many hours and much love went into him. He had a piece of my heart!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | November 28, 2011

BEST FELTING NEEDLES!! I use only these!! Gerry of Gourmet Felted

QUESTION: Do felting Needles get dull and have to be replaced?

ANSWER: YES! They do get dull, but there is no formula as to when to replace them! It all depends on the wool that you use, your style of felting, the pad, and time involved. If it seems to take longer to felt than it used to, then it is time for NEW needles. My first felting needle lasted 3 months and I used it all the time. Now I ONLY use DELUXE SUPER DUPER felting needles made by Kay Petal! They are TERRIFIC! They have a nice soft handle to grip so the needle doesn’t dent your finger! You can felt lots longer this way! AND now she has DOUBLES!! Yes two needles in one handle! Great for felting areas TWO times FASTER!

She even color codes them so you always know which is which. The are TOTALLY worth the money and they will spoil you!!LOL! She calls them Super Duper and they DO live up to the name!

http://www.needlefeltingsupplies.com/Super-Duper-Felting-Needles_c_30.html

Tell her Gerry sent you! Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Posted by: gourmetfelted | November 5, 2011

Adding EYES to Needle Felted Dogs by Gerry of Gourmet Felted

QUESTION:

I use glass eyes with a loop to sew on. I tried making a hole and fasten them with a few stitches but they keep sticking out. I tried pulling them in the holes and make a knot, they disappear almost in the head then but after a while they pop out again and don’t stay in the holes but on top of the surface, it just doesn’t look good.
What am I doing wrong? Gluing is a bit difficult, as my hands are not very steady and I get the glue mostly everywhere except where it should be….

ANSWER:

I rarely use those kind of eyes. You do have two options:
I would cut the loop off and just glue them on OR you could take an exacto blade and slice a slit in the wool.  Be VERY careful that you don’t get cut! Add glue to the loop and stick in in the cut wool.  This also works for eyes that have a post attached as in photo. I also use Krazy glue to glue the eyes and noses. It has a little brush in the cap, so it is MUCH easier to use and it takes longer to dry out after you  start to use it. The top never gets clogged either.  It is a purple liquid that dries clear. You just remove the cap and slide the brush on the lip of the container to take the extra glue off. Apply to the eye and glue quickly to the spot. It dries almost instantly, so you have to put it right in the slit after applying the glue. Be sure to apply the glue to the BACK of the eye only as it does make the glass eyes cloudy which takes away the shine.

I always apply the glue to the back of the eye. If you put the glue on the wool, it soaks right in and you have to put it on a few times to get the wool wet enough to adhere to anything. Then you have to hold whatever you are gluing in place for a minute or so as it takes longer for the saturated wool to dry. I also use the Krazy glue formula that is purple. That way if it accidentally gets some where it shouldn’t be, you can quickly wipe it off as you can see it. The purple does dry clear.  Be sure to felt a little hollow to glue the eye into so it isn’t sitting on the surface.  I hope this helps!

I get all of my eyes from http://www.glasseyes.com. Please tell him Gerry sent you! Thanks!

I hope this helps!!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | October 21, 2011

Needle Felted PARAKEET by Gerry of Gourmet Felted

  I just finished a Needle Felted Parakeet! Fun to sculpt something that wasn’t a cat or a dog! Tricky to get wool to look like feathers! This is a sky blue and white pied parakeet. I sculpted the beak and made the feet and legs which took two hours just for those.

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~Gerry

Gerry do you add your eyes and nose before you add the hair and fill in around them, or is that the very last step? I have to tell you your site is better than any book. Thanks again.

By: Linda Gallipo on October 8, 2011
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Hi Linda,
Actually I do both! But adding the eyes and nose are one of the last things that I do on a sculpture. Until then I mark the eye position with straight pins with black balls on the ends. (See post on eyes) Be careful not to get glue on the eye as it takes away the shine.

It also depends on the breed. You can put all the fur in around the eye, but it is hard to get the eye in without messing up the fur. So I usually add more after the eye is in to touch it up. With a dog with fur hanging over the eyes, I would add the fur after so it would be easier to work on the eyes. Be careful not to get glue all around the eye or you won’t be able to felt any fur close to the eye as it will be rock hard!lol! Learned that the hard way! Be sure to make a hole for a socket. There aren’t many breed with eyes that pop out!

With noses it is hard to add fur after due to glue, so I try to put the fur on and make a indentation for the nose. Then just glue it in. (see post on making noses)

Thank you for your kind words on my blog! When I started needle felting years ago, there wasn’t much help around. It was hard to even find wool for felting or even a book on it!! So I struggled a lot and had to learn things the hard way.  I made this blog so people could have more fun needle felting! I guess it is a pay it forward kind of thing!

Hope that helps! Thanks for your question!
Happy Felting!
~Gerry

I finally finished the largest Needle Felted Sculpture that I have ever made. Meet Snowball! She is a beautiful custom Samoyed sculpture that took about a month to make working a little here and there. She is 8 inches tall and 9 inches long! I used Samoyed fur on some of her from the owners pet. It was fun making such a large sculpture as many details can be included! Happy Felting!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | September 3, 2011

Needle Felted Dog~Miniature Poodle~Ebony~by GERRY of Gourmetfelted

I had so much fun creating this cute mini Poodle Sculpture. Her name is Ebony, but she turned gray as we all do!!lol!! It is so much fun felting curls! I made her little chew toy also. I hated giving her up to the owner.  Fully poseable.

This was a fun breed to create…..an American Hairless Terrier. It was fun to add the spots and a little pink for a skin look!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | April 11, 2011

Needle Felted Cat~Ragdoll~Sheba~by Gourmet Felted

This is a recent sculpture of a lovely Ragdoll cat named Sheba. It took a few shades of gray and taupe to blend for the right colors. I used merino wool and silk linen blend. Ragdoll cats get their name from their super relaxed attitude which I tried to capture in this sculpture. She was a surprise anniversary gift. Hope that they liked her!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | February 7, 2011

WINNER of Needle Felting TIP contest~ Jessie Cook!

 

 

 

Wow! What a bunch of great tips! It was hard to choose the best! I read them all several times! I tried to pick the one tip that could help Everyone felt better. This is a great tip and really helps to get proportions correct on our sculptures. When people send me pics of their dogs for sculptures, I do the same thing and hold the sculpture up near the picture to check everything.  Thanks Jessie!! Please let me know what you would like for wool!!

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STAY TUNED FOR BEGINNERS FELTING CONTEST COMING SOON!!

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~HERE IS THE BEST TIP~

My tip is place your animal, creation, anything 3d related to a picture drawn to scale. Draw it in black marker, make sure you are as correct with the shape as possible. This helps when filling out the body, legs, head, facial features. You don’t have to draw the details on the drawing just the correct shape so you can place the felted item onto it to see how you are going.

Would you like to win some Free wool of your choice, 2 premium felting needles, and some cute “Hello kitty” noses with washers? ($20 value for all) These felting needles are my favorite by far! They are very comfy with the soft rubber tip so they don’t dig into your fingers! The #38 star is medium with extra barbs on it for fast detailing! The #40 is for fine fiber like merino and it leaves smaller holes in the surface. You’ll love them as I do!

The “Hello Kitty” noses are 6 different sizes!

All you have to do is tell me the best tip that has really helped in your needle felting adventure! Leave the tip in a comment with a wool choice (see link below).

Winner gets all!!

*I will be adding more varieties of wool to choose from.  Anyone interested in core wool? I also have that available in all dog colors! My core wool is NOT trash wool! It can be used to make any short haired dog as the only wool.

Go here to pick out the wool of your choice!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/gfelted?section_id=5310650

noses here

http://glasseyesonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=110&zenid=246b60c06ff0f2b393602a3eea87465d

whiskers here

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65982534/real-mini-horse-mane-for-whiskers

I’m so excited to be featured in “The Daily Corgi”! My little dogs are Custom Pet Portraits that are miniature replicas of your pet! They are about 3 to 4 inches high and fully poseable to add to the fun! Also shown is a cute custom brooch so you can wear your dog close to your heart always!

Here is the link to the post! Great gifts for Corgi Lovers! Just scroll down the page there about halfway down..


http://thedailycorgi.blogspot.com/2010/11/sunday-shopper-week-2-more-nifty-corgi.html

Here is the link to see more of my dogs

http://www.gfelted.etsy.com

Many hours and much love go into each of my sculptures! Just email me photos of your pet. I can even include your dogs fur to make it extra special!

~Gerry

This is a cute miniature corgi that I sculpted out of wool. Her name is Tessie and she is only 3 inches tall! Based on a lovely pet, she makes a lasting Treasure!

Someone else thought so too as she was added to a lovely Corgi Treasury that someone made on Etsy.  Aren’t they all sweet? I am honored to be included!

Here is the link.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c24675191c38eef3f79eec7/corgi-lovinTessie is sculpted from wool with a barbed needle. She has wire inside for durability and posing!! Many hours and much love went into her creation! This is a signed art doll sculpture!

Click on picture to see closeup!

I’d  love if you made a comment! Just scroll down under the Treasury Picture! Thanks!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/gfelted

See more pictures of my sculptures here!

My calico cat is published in Teddy Bear Review Magazine in the current issue!!

~Gerry

I am so thrilled that my Needle Felted Black Cat was on the front page of Felt_2_fun forum.
It is a great group to join and it is very lively! Here is the link.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fun_2_felt/

This was on their front page! The picture changes every week. Join now and you may be next!!

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We are a group of friends addicted to needle felting (needlefelting). Whether you are a beginner or seasoned felter we would love to ‘meet’ you. So come and join our supportive, fun and friendly group!

This weeks photo: Another very pretty kitty, this time made by Gerry of Gourmetfelted in USA.

For more pictures of my cat click here.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45272958/your-cat-as-a-miniature-collectible

Posted by: gourmetfelted | April 20, 2010

NEEDLE FELTING TIP OF THE WEEK~CURING THE FUZZIES!!

I am posting this in answer to a question about the FUZZIES! You know, all those stray wool fibers that stick out all over the place that make your felted sculpture look like it’s in soft focus!! You take a photo of your feltie, and it looks like wires are sticking out. LOL! What to do???

Get the SCISSORS and trim, trim, trim!! Yes you do have to trim off all those stray hairs!! DO NOT pull them instead, or a chunk of felted fur may come with the strays. If you give someone a feltie, please give them grooming instructions to keep their feltie looking great! After spending  so many hours felting the final touch is GROOMING! I sometimes take 30 minutes to groom a feltie. NEVER use a comb or brush on felted fiber….remember, it is felted in, not Glued!

DO NOT USE A FELTING NEEDLE. This is one on the main ways that felting needles get broken. Please see my 2 posts on “Why do I break needles?” I use a large sewing needle to gently “comb” the fur and trim, shape, thin, groom until I’m happy with it. The final grooming gives the finishing touch on your felted sculpture . This is what I send out with every feltie that I make.

~GROOMING INSTRUCTIONS~

Trim off stray hair. DO NOT pull out.

DO NOT brush or comb the fur.

Use a large sewing needle to GENTLY “comb” the fur to arrange.

Fur is felted in, not glued.

Happy Felting!

~Gerry

Here was the question. Thank you for your great question Monica!  Welcome to my blog!

The reason why you got the urge to trim with scissors was because you need to trim with scissors!!LOL! Did someone tell you that you couldn’t? I hope that I answered your question :) Thank you for your kind words on my felted creations!

Your creations are so cute! I’ve been looking through your blog and love them all :) I just started needle felting a few weeks ago and really enjoy it. I think my biggest question right now is that a lot of my things seem to be very frizzy and extra fuzzy when I get done with them, so much so that I get the urge to trim the fuzz with scissors. Could it just be that the roving I’ve been using is pretty cheap (it’s just my starter roving from a craft store) or could it be that I don’t have carding brushes yet, or a combination of both? Or is it something else entirely? I am seeing how addicting it is, I already have a small army of critters and needle felted objects lining my shelf! I can’t wait to see more beautiful critters from you :)

By: Monica on April 20, 2010
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SEE ABOVE POST

This is a lovely pet cat named Target that I created a Needle Felted Sculpture of. She has a lovely coat of wool, alpaca, and silk. Her green glass eyes come alive as she seems to watch the bird nearby. She is about 4 inches tall in a sitting position. She has tiny hair whiskers and eyebrows. I am so excited that this sculpture was chosen to be in an article called Needle Felted Fantasies in the June 2010 Teddy Bear Review Magazine!

So how are your sheep coming along?  Did you finish one? I’d love to see it and will post it here if you like! Sent pics to

gfelted@verizon.net

This little cutie was made by a total beginner! She fashioned after a picture of one of the ancient breeds of sheep in Israel!  Didn’t she do a great job?

Are you stumped? I’d be happy to help! Here is a recent question asked :

I have started my sheep. I got the wire body part right. Then I did a little felting on a piece of the green wool; made a little ball. Now I want to start the sheep. I printed out the tutorial but I’m a little confused when you say “wrap” the wool around the body. Am I supposed to be wrapping a piece around one section and then using the needle to secure it? How much of a piece? I am just starting out with this so I may be asking a lot of questions; some that may be stupid.
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By: Julie on February 10, 2010
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Hi Julie,
RULE NUMBER ONE:
ALWAYS remember…there is no such thing as a stupid question. Every question answered can bring more knowledge and that’s a good thing. Maybe someone else has the same question, so you help them also by asking….so it is good to ask questions!!
Yes, you take a piece of wool that is about 4 inches long by one inch wide and not too thick, and wrap it around the body snugly. Then you take the #36 coarse needle and secure it by felting ALL over the wool until it doesn’t move on the wire. It is best to add layers and felt it on and add another layer and felt it on rather than adding one huge blob layer. It is harder to felt it like that.

After the back is done, you can do the legs. Take a piece of wool about 3 inches long and 1/3 inch wide than THINLY wrap the wire on the legs. Be sure that you curled the tips of the legs into little C’s so you don’t get poked by the wire. The biggest mistake with felted sculptures are the legs being WAY too thick. It is hard to get the legs thin enough, so don’t give up. ALWAYS know where the tip of the needle is. You can be concentrating on the wool so much and then OUCH!!! those needles are super sharp!!
TIP: peroxide on a Qtip dabbed on the wool removes any blood!!
Don’t give up. After a while, you get the feel of it and don’t poke your fingers. Some people use thimbles which I still use went doing the feet so I don’t get poked.
PLEASE feel free to ask any questions! Thanks again for purchasing my needle felted sheep kit!
HAPPY FELTING!
~Gerry

I have had the honor of being published in one of the most prestigious National magazines called TEDDY BEAR REVIEW!! This magazine features the most talented teddy bear and soft sculpture artists! The article is called HEARTFELT MINIS and my Chinese Crested, Maltese, and Yorkie were included.  Here’s a preview!

What would you like to tell collectors about your creations?

“Tiffany” is an adorable tiny Yorkie, who fits in the palm of  Geraldine Santos’s hand.GS: My needle-felted creations are made with love. They are all one-of-a-kind, unique works of art. I use a wire armature inside all my sculptures for strength and posing ability. The core is firmly felted for durability. I use lovely fibers such as alpaca, wool, silk, mohair, angora, llama, camel down, even cashmere. These are gourmet fibers, hence my [eBay] name, gourmet_felted.  (Gfelted  for short on Etsy.) I carefully match your pet’s fur color, shine and texture with the perfect fibers. Many times, several shades are blended together or layered to create realism and depth. I use glass eyes and I sculpt the noses for each dog. They also have the cutest paw pads! My initials “GS” are on the tummy in tiny letters, showing that this is an original artist sculpture made by me. All my sculptures also come with a photo certificate of authenticity, signed by me, with a description. I am extremely fussy with all my sculptures and include as many details as possible so my sculptures will look just like your precious pet—made for you, from the heart!

Thanks for looking! Click on the link for the entire article.

http://teddybearreview.com/articles/artists/109-heartfelt-minis.html

Posted by: gourmetfelted | January 15, 2010

MY NEEDLE FELTED YORKIE MADE IT INTO A TREASURY ON ETSY!

This is a Needle Felted Pet Portrait Sculpture that I made of a cute Yorkie named Scamp! He is sculpted from wool and is poseable! I can make a miniature sculpture of your pet also!

***SEE MORE EXAMPLES BY CLICKING ON FLICKR IN THE RIGHT COLUMN or My Gfelted SHOP on Etsy!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | November 26, 2009

MY NEEDLE FELTED DOG IN TREASURY ON ETSY~COCKER SPANIEL~Honey

This is a Needle Felted Pet Portrait Sculpture that I made of a cute Cocker Spaniel named Honey! She is sculpted from wool and is poseable! I can make a miniature sculpture of your pet also! This one is an animated style.

***SEE MORE EXAMPLES BY CLICKING ON FLICKR IN THE RIGHT COLUMN or My Gfelted SHOP on Etsy!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | October 25, 2009

MY NEEDLE FELTED DOG is in a TREASURY on ETSY~BEARDED COLLIE~SONNY

This is a Needle Felted Pet Portrait Sculpture that I made of a cute Bearded Collie named Sonny! He is sculpted from wool and silk and is poseable! I can make a miniature sculpture of your pet also!

***SEE MORE EXAMPLES BY CLICKING ON FLICKR IN THE RIGHT COLUMN or My Gfelted SHOP!

treasury oct 09 bearded

Posted by: gourmetfelted | October 13, 2009

NEEDLE FELTED SHEEP TUTORIAL~SHEEP EXAMPLES~FROM MY KIT

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Here are some sheep made from my Needle Felted Sheep Kit. Isn’t it great how everyone has their own style and with the same kit, 3 styles of sheep came out! One sheep is an ancient breed with long ears and a painted bell! One person made baa baa black sheep with 3 bags full of wool!

Thank you for sending me the pictures of your sheep! These were made by beginners!

HAPPY FELTING!

samoyed pin 003 Many people have told me that they have problems using GLUE to attach eyes to their Needle Felted Sculptures.  I decided to try looped wire glass eyes sewn in for a change.

When I make a sculpture, I always mark the eye location with 2 straight pins that have a black ball on the end. I can make sure that they are in alignment BEFORE I permanently attach them.

STEP ONE:  You need to make a socket (hole) to put the eye into so they aren’t just on the surface of the wool. This adds a lot to the realism of your sculpture.

Thread the eye through the wire loop with a needle and strong thread.

samoyed pin 002STEP TWO: You will also need to make a slit in the wool for the wire loop. I use an exacto blade for this. You can also make the hole a little larger with the blade if you need to. Or you can needle felt a hole where your marker pin was and then just make a slit for the loop.

samoyed pin 001STEP THREE: Put the sewing needle in the socket and pull it through. The eye will be in the hole and push it in so the loop is in the slit that you cut in the wool. Tie off in back of head and make a knot. Add a little wool to cover your knot and felt it to hide the knot. That’s all there is to it!!

I usually use 4mm glass eyes and I get them from

http://www.glasseyesonline.com/

Please tell him that Gerry sent you! Thanks! If you have any questions, please ask in a comment and I’ll try to answer you asap!

HAPPY FELTING!

Posted by: gourmetfelted | September 23, 2009

NEEDLE FELTED YORKIE-featured in WISH LIST on MY HANDMADE TREASURY site

my hand made registryMy little Needle Felted Yorkie Sculpture is featured in a Wish List on  a site called MY HANDMADE REGISTRY.

This is a great site where people pick out the handmade items that they wished that they could have. Great for weddings, special occasions, and guys who don’t know what to buy you!!

This yorkie is a Custom Pet Portrait that I sculpt from wool with mohair and silk fur. I have more than 100 examples of dogs and cats in my etsy shop.

www.gfelted.etsy.com

haller_amanda_now CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA!

Squonk is the Winner!

Amanda is a relatively new needle felter that has been felting for about a year. This is her latest creation….SQUONK!

I love this unique creation that shows IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY. You can’t copy something like this from a picture! It is truly ONE OF A KIND! He has lovely detailing like wrinkles and individual toes. Even whiskers! This is a piece that makes you smile as it is a piece done with WHIMSY and HUMOR. All in all, a WONDERFUL, PRECIOUS piece!

Amanda wins a multi-needle felting pen or wool of her choice each a $15 value!

Keep an eye out for my next contest coming up soon! Maybe YOU will be the next winner!

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