Many years ago I discovered the art of needle felting. When you needle felt, you stab wool fiber repeatedly with a very sharp, barbed needle. The barbs of the needle felt the wool into shapes and thus you can sculpt it!

I love this medium because the wool is warm and organic in my hands and I find, it adds "life" to my animals all by itself.

I used to paint for a major animation studio where I spent many, many hours a day painting on a computer in a dark room. While it was a fun time, I now treasure sitting in my studio, in the light, working with my hands in a completely different way.

I do not strive to make my animals look 100% realistic (they are made of wool after all). By trying to capture the individual character of each animal, my sculptures appear realistic. Sometimes I get angry emails from people that are upset because they are convinced I am sending baby bunnies through the mail!

 

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#1 Fox

Fox

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

I love this one. Cute face. Adorable.

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#2 Octopus

Octopus

The detail was a lot of work! Needle felted over the wire. The eyes are hand painted. I spent 80 to 90 hours creating this.

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Karolína T. 8 months ago

Marvelous! These suckings :-)

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#3 Hedgehog

Hedgehog

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

Spike .. You have been reincarnated.

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#4 Baby Bunnies

Baby Bunnies

Needle felted and life-size.

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

Snuggle bunnies .. So cute

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#5 Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls

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Daria B 8 months ago

I like their different face expressions. ♥

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#6 Quokka

Quokka

I was surprised that many people do not know about the happiest animal on earth! He is needle felted over the wire out of 100% wool, has glass eyes and a nose sculpted of wax.

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Laura Zaini 8 months ago

a quokka :D

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#7 Whitetail Fawn

Whitetail Fawn

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Night Owl 8 months ago

Bambi!

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#8 Diorama Mouse

Diorama Mouse

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Karolína T. 8 months ago

Ohhh... Where I can buy it?

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#9 Baby Bunny

Baby Bunny

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

Peas .. Can I have a carrot?

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#10 Albino Eastern Screech Owl

Albino Eastern Screech Owl

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Laura Zaini 8 months ago

OMG

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#11 American Kestrel

American Kestrel

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Melody Lanzatella 8 months ago

EEEEK! A Kestrel!!!

#12 Short-Tailed Weasel

Short-Tailed Weasel

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Ruth Baldwin 2 months ago

The detail given to the muzzle and whiskers makes this amazing!

#13 Ode To Winter

Ode To Winter

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Madhu Mitha 8 months ago

He's too cute and lifelike to not upvote <3

#14 Barn Owl

Barn Owl

This owl is needle felted over the wire. I usually start with a wire skeleton. It gives my pieces durability (often they are quite large life-size or near life-size) and the skeleton provides me with a focal point of where I want to go with the sculpture. I mounted this needle felted sculpture of a barn owl so that she could be displayed on a wall. Some people describe my work as faux taxidermy...

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Monika Montoya 8 months ago

This looks absolutely perfect!

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#15 Piglet

Piglet

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

Piglets are so cute & this one looks so real, The detail on the snout is incredible.

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#16 Three-Toed Pygmy Sloth

Three-Toed Pygmy Sloth

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#17 Meerkats

Meerkats

I loved working with the sand and little rocks. These meerkats are needle felted, have glass eyes and sculpted noses out of wax. The ground is made out of mixed materials.

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Ruth Baldwin 2 months ago

Wow...! I wish I was this talented!

#18 Giant Snail

Giant Snail

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Monika Montoya 8 months ago

I love this snail!

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#19 Jackdaw

Jackdaw

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Spindlemaker 8 months ago

Shit. That's how I look in the morning.

#20 Frog

Frog

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Ruth Baldwin 2 months ago

You've got it down to a T; even the pattern on the skin is perfect.

#21 Baby Goat

Baby Goat

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S C-C 8 months ago

You've gotta be KIDding me!

#22 Buffalo

Buffalo

It was amazing to work on this sculpture. I used a lot of lamb locks for the longer fur. I hand sculpted the horns and painted them as well as the hoofs. The nose is made of wax. He has glass eyes.

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Bluebird11 8 months ago

After 4 summer living/working in Yelowstone, I'm reeeeeally familiar with buffalo. This still looks amazingly real to me.

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#23 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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S C-C 8 months ago

Can you make a border collie?

#24 White Bunny

White Bunny

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Ruth Baldwin 2 months ago

Perfection, thy name is needle sculpted white bunny. Perfect paws and the sweetest little face!

#25 Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

This little squirrel monkey is near life-size. Needle felted over the wire and, of course, with glass eyes. I personally love exhibits in natural museums and old world taxidermy. I know it is super controversial and I do not like trophy hunting one bit. But when I go to a natural history museum, I appreciate how the exhibits are a tool to teach people about nature around the world.

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#26 Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls

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Anne Compton Porritt 2 months ago

really amazing, beautiful work!!!!

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