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.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Common Yellow Throat Warbler - 2008
This little guy is the first bird on the new Backyard Birds Too kit by Black Sheep Designs.
I retired from breeding Exotic Birds a few years ago, but still have 11 pet parrots of all sizes. The boss of the flock is Gunny, a double yellow headed Amazon.
My constant companion is Barney, the Barndog, my Jack Russell Terrier. Barney, the flock and I live on my family's Christmas Tree Farm.
When not helping them with the trees, I keep busy raising Tropicals and other plants in the Greenhouse and now, felting.
I have an Ebay store called JBsBirdsandMore where I put up all sorts of things including my needlefelted items. I also have a website for exotic bird breeders to contact me with questions. www.JBsBirdsandMore.com