Sunday, 21 April 2013

A new felt critter is born :)

Many of you will know how much I LOVE chickens.. Which is why it's a little surprising that its' taken me this long to felt one :)

I decided to make a cosy-critter chicken.. here he is

A quick sketch
Chicken shaped resist cut from foam floor underlay
Building layers..
The inside is white English wool - slightly spongy and very warm
The outside is dyed merino
2 more fibre layers to go.. time to root in the tail
I felted 3 cords, leaving fluffy ends, which I divided into two parts
I put half of the fluffy root on one side of the cosy, half on the other
then covered it with the remaining layers of fibre.  Wrapping the rays over the root (and
between the cords) so it is completely incorporated
'Drawing the design with thin strips of merino on the final layer
Speckled breast feathers :)
Part way through felting.. just after the resist was removed, but before healing the edges.
Chickens blocked and drying on my radiator
My chickens needed their combs!  I had never used commercial prefelt before..  but thought I would buy an A4 sized piece 'specially to try for this project.  I went for a nice bright red for his comb.. and as I was planning to felt 2 chickens I worked the combs together and cut them before finishing felting.

I cut the shape and blanket stitched around the edge in red silk..
thinking if you could see the stitches this would be pretty.
I put a thin plastic resist in between the prefelt, added some darker red
merino for colour interest, and worked it as usual.

After working, cutting, healing the edges, fully felting, rinsing and drying :)
I decided to machine stitch the sections to create 3 chambers, which I stuffed with
wool fibre and hand stitched on to the heads
Finished 'em off with a couple of cute green button eyes :)


Jane Perala said...

I love them, they are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

They're excellent!

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Jane & Zed :)

Janine said...

Lovvvvvvvveeeeeee them!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Super fun! Love the colours...will look great on the breakfast table!

Terrie said...

Lovely and sweet! Very detail steps. Pretty and warm enough for the morning tea.

Els said...

Ha, it will be a lot of noise in the hen house !
(they're cute !!!)

Colette said...

Wow!! I loved seeing the whole creative process. And these are just too cute :-)

Anonymous said...

wowm I love them . Couldn't help thinking they would be perfect to keep a teapot warm ;-)

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

WOW!!!. Kuropatwa jest fantastyczna. Choć może to kura ?

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you all :) I've been completely out of it the last 5 or 6 days.. I've had migraines and didn't dare touch the computer incase I set off another 'light show'.

So it was lovely to log in this morning and tread all your lovely comments

Karolina, they were intended to be chickens.. but my family all thought one was a pheasant as I was working on him :) I don't mind, I like chickens and pheasants :).

Kim, they sit on a fair sized pot too :)

Thank you all for cheering me up

Lyn said...

The cosies are wonderful - the red combs and button eyes are eye-catching.
Going back a couple of posts, I think your spiral bag is very pretty.