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!


Responses

  1. In awe as always! Gerry, you’re the absolute best at fluffy creatures!

  2. She’s beautiful! You caught the floppy cat pose perfectly.

    • Hi Dawn,
      Welcome to my blog! Thank you for your kind words on my Ragdoll cat. I do struggle with cats though as I haven’t been around them much as I am allergic!
      ~Gerry

  3. Thank you so much Hilary! I love doing them too!

  4. Hi Dawn,
    Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for your kind words on my car sculpture. I have a hard time felting cats, but I do love ragdoll cats!!
    ~Gerry

  5. My husband still insists it is impossible to do what you do! How to capture that cat insolence.Wow! I love how you even incorporate silk fibers to get the good blends and color shades. No fiber will be safe around me now! I’m going to dig my way back into the canada batts to see what I have. You are so generous with your information but all the best artists are more interested in creation than acclaim I find. Somehow you felt the spirit and souls and animate your felt. That can’t be taught but it sure can be appreciated. I have felted just long enough to recognize a real artist. Thank you for allowing us to see what can be done(with your talent) And thank you for sharing what you have discovered.
    kind regards,
    c.j.

    • Hi CJ!
      Welcome to my blog! Thank you for your kind words on my cat! You made my day! Yes, I try to felt anything not nailed down! lol! I am here to help if you have any questions.
      Happy felting!
      ~Gerry

  6. Hi Gerry,

    I don’t know if you remember me, but you made a beautiful sculpture of my blonde yorkie Didi. While I haven’t had a chance to try one myself, involved in way too many crafts, I will one day. I have noticed in some craft magazines that they use styrofoam for the armature. Do you see a problem with doing that, usually it is for something bulky like a tree (they would use a cone) then felt on top of that. I’m just curious if you have ever tried this or would recommed it.
    Thanks,
    Carolyn

  7. Hi Carolyn,

    OF COURSE I remember making a sculpture of your little Didi yorkie! She was a lovely model!
    I have never tried felting over styrofoam. I have tried using it as a felting pad and it broke to little bits as it is too brittle. If I made something very large I would probably used poly fil for the inside. I used to use that all the time for the inside when I first started needle felting. I changed to coarse wool when I saw how quickly it felted compared to ply fil. I have some in my shop.
    http://www.gfelted.etsy.com
    ~Gerry


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