Needle Felting a Forest Gnome

After making my first Gnome, I got the bug.  I wondered how I could make something different to the traditional Gnome and came up with this little (well, not really so little) guy.
Downloads2-001This is the start of my Forest Gnome, The Mushroom Forager.  He is made up of one solid piece of core wool.  I used Romney wool from a farm in Romney Marsh.  Apparently the sheep eat seaweed.  It felts really nicely, but is a bit dear.  I’ve also used Teeswater locks for the beard and hair.  These locks are so beautiful!  The topcoat is Corriedale and the jacket is Jacob batt.  I used Marino pre-felt for the nose, ears and hands.  In this photo, he can stand alone.  It is important to me that he can do that.  Here he is finished.

IMG_4962As you can see, I added a couple of extra mushrooms to his head/hat.  My daughter said he looked a bit rude (my translation) when I showed her the first photo.  I gave him some boots.  He can still stand alone as I haven’t mounted the base to his butt yet.  There is real moss and a feather on his base.  Once I am completely satisfied, I will felt the base to his butt and then glue the base to a slice of white birch that I got in the post today.

So, this Forest Gnome is called Richard, The Mushroom Forager.  He is ever on the hunt for the elusive boletus mushroom.  On his base he is 11.5 inches tall!

A considerable amount of stabbing went into this guy!  I just need to make one smaller!