So. I have a best girl friend, as every girl should have! She is the salt in my bread .. I mean, she’s really cool and I think we make life a little easier for each other. I met this lovely lady during high school, on the bus!, in Minnesota.. I think the year was 2001…
I’m on the left, she’s on the right.
10 years later (and then some) here we are! Still BFF’ing it up. So we mutually decided we could commit to BFF jewelry.. The kind where they split up a saying between the two pieces. Not long after that conversation she sneakily had my aunt, Charlene Paulson, custom make us matching bracelets that say “Best Friends”!
When I was visiting her she put my bracelet on my wrist for the first time and we jingle-jangled together all day. I am ‘st ends’. BEST BRACELET (AND BEST FRIEND) EVER!
Just yesterday I finished this totally custom needle felted mouse that I made out of wool and domestic cat hair. He was made with love..
Ben, Get Off That Hen : A poem by yours truly, the non-poet.
Little mouse ran out of the house, to find his brother Ben.
When he reached the yard he laughed so hard.
Ben was riding a hen!
Isn’t he CUTE? I’m totally in love with him and will miss him. He belongs to a gal in Colorado who mailed me hair that she brushed off of her own cat over the spring months. It’s so awesome to see this one of a kind mouse outside of my mind’s eye and share it with others.
There are many steps to creating something like this, and, as you can see, at some stages it looks really odd and makes ya wonder if it really will end up cute. The finishing stages when I stitch on the eyes and felt on the other facial features (making it come alive!) is my most favorite part.
These are the steps I took to create this one of a kind cutie:
- I cleaned the cat hair thoroughly but carefully
- felted a mouse shaped form out of core wool
- wet felted a tail and ears out of colored wool
- covered the wool form with the gal’s cat hair
- attached the ears and tail
- stitched on glass bead ‘eyes’
- stitched his little hands together
- felted a little nose and smiling mouse mouth
I put hours into creations like this and I feel that it’s a wonderful way to spend my time. If you’re interested in a custom mouse or other animal for yourself or a loved one, check out this Etsy listing I made using this mouse as my example.
Meet Sammy. Sam. Samson. Sambert! He is a soft orange cream and white cat that spends his days charming one of my dearest friends. His BFF is a yarn ball, he is a fan of tuna fish, and he is scared of bubbles. He is an indoor cat with big dreams.
Since Sammy is so gosh darn adorable and loved (and also getting up there in years) I requested a bunch of his hair. My friend brushed and brushed all winter long (he loves it) and saved up enough hair for me to make this needle felted kitty cat figure:
It is made of sheep wool for the inside/shape of the cat and then it is covered with real cat hair. The tail is all cat hair. The white detail on his chest is white wool since I didn’t have all white cat hair. It was created by a process called needle felting — small barbed needles are pushed into the wool countless times which essentially weave the fibers together.
Here it is before I added the white details to his chest:
Believe it or not, this was my first needle felted cat! I’m sure he’ll be cherished for years by my friend. Oh, he is also Sammy approved!
Ta-da! hours later..
I made this cluster of 3 red “amanita muscaria” mushrooms a few weeks ago. It’s cool to look back and more closely remember the process of making this particular project.
I made two new “bloody vampire bite scarves” recently. I LOVE making these scarves! These are the nuno felted version where I use soft merino wool roving in natural ecru (white / cream) and two shades of red as “blood” and white silk gauze fabric.
One of them has a lot of “blood” on both sides and bite marks going horizontal.
View the listing for the More Blood Vampire Bite Scarf on Etsy
The other has less “blood” and bite marks going vertical.
** This scarf was shipped to Sweden!
The reds are bright and the silk adds a lot of beauty to the scarves, causing certain areas to be semi-transparent. Both of them measure 90 inches total – 70 body, 20 fringe – and the width varies between 4-5 inches. Light, warm-yet-cool, and very soft, these scarves are a great accessory to utilize all year long. If you don’t want to show off your bite marks all the time you don’t have to. There are many ways to wear it that make it look like any abstract sort of red and white nuno felted one of a kind handmade scarf…
Be sure to check out the scarf section of my shop for all I have available and examples of what I can make. If nothing I currently have listed is exactly right, contact me to discuss a custom order. I would be thrilled to create something unique for you!
The “Made From Scratch” art boutique located out near Brooten, Minnesota (MN) is opening June 2nd and 3rd, 2012 for the third year! It is a one room cabin that my father built by hand and features some of my art, along with art from my aunt Charlene Paulson, as well as handmade art from other family members and a dear family friend! We’re a talented bunch if I don’t say so myself 🙂
This is the poster I created for the June 2012 boutique opening!
I’m very busy getting ready for this! It’s exciting.
An old, worn black cowboy boot that I picked up at an antique store in southern Missouri earlier this year… With a baby sensitive plant / Mimosa Pudica planted inside!
Gifted with a Happy Birthday announcement flag made with decorative paper and a bamboo skewer pushed down into the dirt, a matching envelope to the flag with a hand written letter, and a needle felted bee that I made and suspended at the top of a small wire which is barely visible so it looks like the bee is flying above the plant!
EEee cute!!! Right?
I planted another sensitive plant in the other boot for myself 😉
I just love this guy, Bosworth!
New scarf product line in my shop. These scarves are very fun to make and are super duper soft. Meant to look like bacon! But hey, if somebody sees it and doesn’t “get it” they’ll just think you’re wearing a pretty brown/pink/peach/white scarf 😉 They don’t even have to “get it”. Those who do are sure to get a kick out of it!
I designed a new needle felted owl…. a snowy owl!
Or rather.. “inspired by a snowy owl”. He’s not bright white but more of a light grey, his beak and feet are gold instead of black… and he has ears and “hair”. But WHATEVER. He’s adorable!
Kind of like Hedwig from Harry Potter! If you’re into that kinda thing, check out this site that I was reading that tells all about Hedwig. It says that one snowy owl, “Gizmo”, played all the main parts but that he had two other snowy owl stunt doubles.. “Ook” and “Sprout”. The name Ook is way too cute and perfect so I’m borrowing it for this owl! I always name the original design.
I wish he would fly a valentine card to my friend in MN for me. One can dream!