As a craft, needle felting is wonderfully compact . . . and it can still eat your life.
|Work in Progress: 2014||Packed Up: 2014|
|Work in Progress: 2010||Packed Up: 2010|
For more on the construction process, take a look at Making Murphy (2010), Building the Lindsay Raccoon (2011), Birth of a Dragon (2012), New Ivory-billed Woodpecker (2013), and Jerboa Taking Shape (2015) for step-by-step series of pictures that take you from armature to portrait Ė and show off developing skills. Corrective Surgery (2016) lets you see some of what can be done when things go wrong.
But it doesnít need to be nearly that big. Below and to the left is my portable felting bench a 12"x7"x5" shoe tote, fitted out with all the essential tools and a monthís supply of wool (or more). The pic shows the kit in action on the San Joaquin the train between Oakland Jack London Square and Bakersfield (en route farther south) in late November 2010, with the Ground Squirrel (another shoulder-riding pet) in the early stages of construction. Its much more efficient now that Ive figured out how to work without unpacking the cushion; just open up, lift out the two big packs of neutral-color wool, and fold down the sides! The little black box on a string is a digital keychain: the ultimate baby-picture carrier, with a slide show of the Salamanders creatures for people who stop to chat.
Felting as the miles roll by....
On the other hand, wool calls to wool. Iíve bought a couple of pounds myself a pound being a lot of wool, two cubic feet or more if not squished down but far more has come trotting up and presented itself to me. In the back room, I now have three large tubs of the glorious stuff!
Perhaps I'll have to take up
wool dyeing after all.