You would never think that boarding sheep for friends would introduce you to a new hobby, but it did. I got, as a gift for caring for some show sheep one summer, a needlefelted doll holding a lamb and a bird. It was ME! What an adorable surprise!

I love that little doll and wondered how it was made. I know the wool used to make it came from the sheep I took care of, which made it even more special, but how did it come to be a doll?

I began researching "felting" on the internet and found there were groups, lists, websites, and many links on not only needle felting but wet felting. Wow, was I excited. I purchased some kits, needles, books, and band-aids and began needlefelting my first item.

I must mention I have absolutely no artistic skills that I know of. I can not even draw a stick man. But I am determined to learn this new art.

First I did a heart that I gave to my daughter. Then I tried a mouse. I thought I would try something else, so I ordered a bunny kit. After I did the bunny that turned out to look like a pooh, I decided this may not be such a good idea. I needed more help. Someone to talk to, people to look at my work and give me honest criticism. Feeling almost ready to give up I started to surf the web again.

I joined several lists and came upon TAG (Thread Artists Guild) where I found they had definitions for their members that measured their progression in their felting skills. I thought if I had a goal, it would keep me going and I would not be ready to pack it in before I gave it an honest try. So I joined and began working towards my goal to become a real honest to God fiber artist.

According to TAG I am an Apprentice. To progress I must make 25 creations that will be submitted and approved. I am still working on my first 25. By the way, I did not need any band-aids yet.

This blog will give me an opportunity to show my progress from the beginning to the end of this new journey.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tweeter. The Sun Conure

I decided to try to do something
without a kit. I took a picture of
Tweeter, then tried to felt a bird
that looked like her.
This is what happened.

Swimming Wild Goose

This is one of my favorites!

Boo and friends

Lolly, the Lickin Lizard

Lolly, the lickin lizard came to be when I sent my Grandson a box of Gormet Lollypops. I thought he could use someone to help him eat them.

My favorite TV Commercial

One day I decided I had to try and make this little guy that is in the TV commercials. I found his picture on the internet and here he is. It was fun leaving my imagination loose.

Hookbill Hen on Nest.

The inspitation for this bird came the morning I found an egg on the bottom of the cage of one of my pet hens and she got very angry and came after me when I fed her. I decided to try and make a felted pictue of her. Here 'tis!