See? It looks less like a calla lily and more like, ah, well, I just don’t know. I just want to go on record as saying the bubble was intentional and I worked hard to get it in there.
I think I mentioned some months ago that I had sent off a giant box of merino wool from a friend’s flock, to be processed and carded and spun for winter sweaters. I did get back some beautiful yarn that I’m knitting up but I also got back about half of it unspun. This wool staple was too short for machine spinning so I can either hand spin it or look cross-eyed at it as it takes up space in my office. After the frustration of glass blowing I got even more annoyed with that box of wool because I’m not very proficient at spinning either, and I figured there will be an ice rink in hell before I get that turned into workable knitting fiber. So, on a whim, I decided to try my hand at needle felting. I’ll do a step-by-step soon but for now, here’s a picture of some Christmas gifts I’m working on. After dying the wool, I started with little personalized kitty toys with bells in them, but now I’ve moved on to birds. Mostly penguins ( here’s an emperor and two crested penguins) but I’m also googling pictures of geese and backyard birds to use as models. The little colorful finch is a Gouldian finch I made for the friend who now cares for my Gouldians since we can’t safely transport them back and forth with the seasons. She’s provided a great home for them and even managed to get them to lay, hatch and raise a family of five.
Needle felting is sort of an inane activity: you just take a loose wad of wool roving and start jabbing it repeatedly with a barbed needle. The fun comes in trying to shape it into something recognizable. I’ll put up more pictures of the process from start to finish but right now I need to sew some little eyes on the rest of these critters and get them wrapped.