BRINDLE AFGHAN HOUND NEEDLE FELTED~SHAMU
This is a sculpture of my first dog. I bought her myself when I was 18 and she cost quite a bit especially for a teenager to pay, but little by little I paid for her until she was totally mine! She loved to race the wind and would run for hours! I used to take her with me when I rode my horse and she loved it. Of course if she ran into the bushes with that long fur…oh no what a mess!!! TIME FOR GROOMING!
SPEAKING OF GROOMING…HOW DO YOU GROOM A NEEDLE FELTED DOG?
NEVER BRUSH OR COMB!!!
Felted fur is only felted in, not glued so it can be brushed or combed right out of your core. Oh no!! One safe way to groom your dog is to use a large sewing needle or a broken felting needle.
GENTLY “comb” the fur with the needle. Trim as you go. If you cut a chunk out that is too short…don’t cry…just pull it out and felt in another piece! No problem! Wool is very forgiving and changeable!
Remember that dogs fur is thinner on their tummy so be sure to trim it there. Also inside of the thighs usually has thinner fur. If you felted in too much fur, just carefully pull a little out. Comb it down and blend your fur together. I try to trim the ends so they are wispy instead of straight across. If you do trim straight across, just “comb” it more with the needle and it should blend in better.
My afghan fur was made with wool batting that was specially blended to be brindle. Isn’t it just great! I have more if anyone needs some! That saves lots of work and blending time to create a multi shaded look! I made her teeth individually and they glow in the dark!!LOL!! I had white clay but my hubby said it was too white for dogs so he mixed me the perfect color and I didn’t realize until I was done that her teeth glowed in the dark!!! This is a larger sculpture at 5 inches tall and 5 inches long. It takes a long time to make larger sculptures, but you can but more details on them. I ended up keeping her for myself:)