Thursday, December 15, 2011

Snout Monster

Snout monster is the newest creature from Tanglewood Thicket. He is another 2011 late commission. He is actually not 100% finished, but finished as I could get before heading to the hospital in the am to hatch a different kind of Goblin.

Snout is 40" tall standing, but can't actually stand. His horns are wired to be posed. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lil Rainbow Sprout

New little Rainbow Sprout Goblin! Ready to hit the road for Christmas. This little goblin has a slightly different look since he was requested to look like the very first goblin I ever felted.

Actually very hard going backwards once you've evolved over a few years.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rainbow Sprite Goblin, Anyone?

Up for adoption just in time for Christmas is little Blue Rainbow Sprite Goblin!!! He went on a bit of a summer vacation to the states to get his picture taken, but he is back and ready to find a new home!

He will be availible to bid on for the next three days here:
Goblin Auction

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

6 Months of Creatures...

Pink Berry Dragon Pup
Ink Berry Dragon Pup

Labyrinth inspired Fiery Goblin
Boober Fraggle Goblin and Sea Monkey
Island Punch Berry Dragon Pup

Sea Monkey

Apple Berry Goblin

Here is a scarce few creatures I created since May. The last 6 months have been not great in the world of Needle Felting for me. I became pretty sick every single day and lost my 5-8 hours of felting day in lieu of staying in my dark cool room in bed instead. Why is that? A new Goblin has been brewing...And he's almost ready!!! December 16th he'll be here!! I am not sure if I can get back to my long list of custom orders once he is here, but I am chipping away at it even though it has taking me almost a year to complete some of the orders of some very patient customers.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dragon Pups...More Dragon Pups

Just when you've reached Tanglewood Thicket Dragon Pup Saturation...There is yet more to be seen!

A parade of commissioned Dragon pups to start off 2011!

Black Licorice Dragon

Gold Coast Dragon

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Acrachnid: Candy Long Legs

Here is my first Spider commission. Hopefully my last. I thought taking this project on would be easy enough. I figured black spider, maybe green eyes, maybe some orange and black fuzz on it's head. Easy-Peezy! I was wrong.Sooo Sooo wrong. I started off having to research beyond the black spider with eight legs. (Oh and little Disclaimer: I HATE SPIDERS! I am terrified of them. I have bad dreams about them. I worry they will crawl in my mouth when I am asleep. I worry they will eat my toes if I leave my leg out of the blankets when I am asleep...and so on.Okay, you get the point.) So, looking at all different types of spiders was a really hard thing for me. I could not stop flicking at myself and I had to keep looking away. I had a nightmare one night in which it came to life and started poking me with a felting needle. I even typed in cute spider to ease the pain. Finally settled on a random black furry arachnid which was the less threatening of the bunch.

So I started out with what I thought was a sturdy wire skeleton structure. I made a mistake. I used those super long jumbo pipe cleaners from Michaels. I made the body and then proceded to work my way along by coating all the legs. I thought that this project would take no time at all. I thought it would be three days work since there was no horns, or toes or wings or the rainbow gradation that easily adds several days to each project. Once I coated all the legs and then went back to stiffen them up it was obvious the pipe cleaners even as big as they were, were not going to cut it. I had imagined the legs in the crawling posistion. So I cut off all the leg wool I had spent a day or so felting, while trying not to cry inside. Darn it! I then found thicker wire which I wrapped in a spiral around the pipe cleaner and started my two day battle with re-coating the legs. Broken needles everywhere! Darn it again!

I had pre-dyed about five pounds of wool black with about three pots of Wilton's icing dye. It came out really muddy and grey with patches of jet black. Too much wool at a time. Limited time and patients on my part. I was pretty disappointed at first because I had three black projects lined up and in my mind they all needed to be jet black. But It turned out great. I used the gradation of the black to shade the Labyrinth inspired Fiery I just completed last week. The black on the spider was the darkest of the batch, but at the last moment I thought he looked boring so I added orange "knuckles"...then it escalated to Orange knuckles with purple hair, then orange hair, then black hair. Then I thought I should define the purple with bits of fuchsia. I seriously spent over 40 hours on this spider who was originally commissioned at 6" but turned out by my own goof to be 26" wide and 13" long. Opps! I added the little face dots to give it a softer look. Less like, it's going to eat me look. I had intended on making his whole back with black glittery hair, but I just could not do any more. This project really killed my hands from all the leg twisting and holding into place while painstakingly adding the mixed fibres as hair. 8 harry legs was such a battle. But I think he is being well received all over the place which is a good sign I did something right.

Well my Black Dragon is coated, my Orange Dragon is coated and the Baby Mobile which is also painful because of it's small size is back on the table as of this after noon. Five mini goblins riding five mini dragonflies. Gah!

I'm thinking my on again off again project of the mermaid and water monster needs at least a few hours of my attention this week. They are not a commission! Thank God! So up on the auction block they'll go. Whoot! Something to look forward too. My first real, mermaid girl non creature, well creature but human creature. Okay, you get the point.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 Projects

It's proven to be a very busy start to the new year! I just thought I'd take a sec between doing proof pictures of finished commissions, dying 5 pounds of black wool for my up coming three projects...All black! How did that happen? Black spider, Black Labyrinth Fiery and Black Dragon. But before the blackness came lots of light. Here are my finished projects so far this year!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Alaska Goblin Arrival!

This weekend started off with a awesome little gift from fellow felter Patti of Dream Felt. She had commissioned me to make her a large Goblin in which she plans to construct a Zebra patterned thrown for. I think that is just so cool. But Patti is the first customer I've ever had who did not want to see her Goblin creature before it arrived. Not only was I nervous because I have never created for another Needle Felting artist, but I always send proof pictures to the customer first to get approval. Boy did I do some "mental pacing" waiting to get word her goblin had arrived. I also realized after it was sent that I never did my own pictures for this Goblin. Opps! But I got the best feedback of all this weekend. Patti Taped herself opening her Goblin package and posted a copy for all to see. I just love the video! I think I am hooked! Video feedback is just so awesome!

Patti opening Northern Night Sky Goblin

The goblin is cute, but that little sweet munchkin in the video is adorable!