After having had some success (more or less) felting a baby llama, I decided to try something a little bit easier. I have found the most wonderful website. It is called Sarafina Fiber Art. I had watched most of the technical videos and decided I would try one of their beginner videos. As with any how to video, I always watch the video before doing anything. This way I can soak up a lot of information before I get stuck in. Its prep and I highly recommend it.
So, this is what I made.
Isn’t it cute? I sent a photo to my daughter and she came back with ‘cuuute’. It took me over an hour to make, but that is because I had to keep stopping and starting the video (plus I am having serious issues with my laptop). Now that I have made one, I can easily make another. I worked out how to make the toes on the back feet on my own. Did you know that bunnies have 4 toes? I am thinking that this bunny should have been a bit smaller, but from photos I have googled, it is more life-sized. The bunny should have started out as 3 inches, but for some reason mine ended up as five. I had to felt the heck out of it to reduce it to 4 inches which was the best I was going to get. This bunny has no apertures and is a good way to start learning to needle felt. In the video, they use a tool they created to help make the shapes, but it is not necessary to use it. I used a pencil that I marked with 1 inch spaces with a sharpie and a small ruler that happens to be 1 inch wide. If I ever go back to the USA to visit my parents, I can always pop in to pick one up as the shop is in the same town where my parents live, how neat is that? Or, if I am really good, they could send me one in the post as a present. 🙂
So far, I have made two bumblebees from a kit, a baby llama that I made up myself (though I did use the aperture method from the technical video at Sarafina Fiber Art), and a bunny from a video, with my own embellishments. My goal is to ultimately learn many techniques to be able to make anything completely on my own. So, I shall go and make another bunny without looking at the video and hopefully this one will be smaller. I shall leave you with a little bit of cuteness. Thanks for stopping by.