Meet “Little Timmy Bunny” … for he is actually the little guy that got me into needle felting little characters in the first place!
Before my introduction into wool roving I started working with wool yarn – knitting it and using the washing machine to felt it. I’d make purses and then needle felt designs on the front. However, knitting is so boring that as soon as I discovered wool roving I stopped doing it and even misplaced my needles so I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to. Fast forward a year and I’ve constantly got needle felted projects going on! I truly love it.
Anyway, I made Timmy bunny using un-dyed wool batting for the inside and cat hair for the outside. A friend of mine loved her cat dearly and upon its natural death, she shaved its long hair to keep for sentimental purposes. Over the years she didn’t do anything with it and was cleaning out her closet so she gave it to me. I rarely turn down unique crafting materials. (Yes, I washed it, carefully, in a nylon pantyhose sock with mild soap – much like washing wool.)
Just yesterday the Etsy blog posted an article about crafting with cat hair. My little Timmy bunny is up on the article in the ‘related items’ section. Way cool! My favorite thing about the whole article is the comments people wrote on it… “I love my cat, but EWWW!” .. hehehe. Read it!: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/how-tuesday-crafting-with-cat-hair