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Friday, 26 August 2016

Felting Friday - the Red Stag

I love needlefelting. 

I've decided to work my way through these big bags of wool I've amassed. It's really addictive. I find it even more satisfying than sculpting at the moment in the way that it's so tactile and you can see results really quickly. If I can balance this with my illustration and design work, as well as with my day job, I'll be a very happy lady.
Here's my project from the weekend, an unnamed stag. 
Needlefelted red deer stag, merino wool & wire

He's the biggest needle felt critter I've made so far. I used a wire frame (which in retrospect was not thick enough wire, he's a bit of a tripod sometimes because the weight distribution is a bit off) with pipe cleaners which was a learning curve and also means he's fairly poseable. I love how much I'm learning from each project, it's really encouraging.


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Hi! I'm Claire Spiller, a freelance illustrator, vis-dev artist & storyteller based in Bristol, UK. I love animals, wild places, plants, handmade things, and creating characters and stories. My work often blends nature and fantasy, science and mythology. I also do bits of sculpting and needle felt occasionally as a hobby, and sell prints, original art and bits of arty goodness in my Etsy store!
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