Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dog Eat Dog Kinda Day



It’s a good thing our Giant Schnauzer, Nimbus has a soft mouth more like a retriever than that of a K-9 Police Dog that Giant Schnauzers are usually known for. Because before I knew it Nimbus had half a Boston Terrier in his mouth! My felted Boston that is. Today was the Needle Felted Dog Class with artists K.C. Wilson and Elise Strauss. What fun! Growing up we had a Boston named "Bomo"

and I thought it would be funnier (easier!) to felt a little Boston rather than a large breed dog.


All materials were provided and proceeds were to benefit the Alyeska Canine Trainers with the class being held at their Anchorage facility. Elise had warned the class that pets really LOVE the wool used

in the needle-felting sculptures and she was right! As soon as I came home Nimbus followed me everywhere sticking his nose in my bag and couldn’t get enough of my little dog-in-process. When I went to finally let him have a smell and see what was in the bag, WAUMPHH!! In his mouth it went! I was able to slowly back the Boston out with no real damage. It was really pretty funny and such a surprise causing both Gus and I to laugh so hard that Nimbus retreated to his doggie bed to pout in shame. I posted about the felted goats I fell in love with last year and even have some beautiful wool that my friend Margie sent me. Now I have the needles and some felting basics to felt some critters. Not sure you’ll ever see my animals for sale because I think I’d have to charge thousands of dollars due to just how long my little dog (which isn’t even finished) is taking me. There are several exceptional Needle Felting Artists on ETSY

that Elise gave us info on including Kay’s K9s, Motley Mutton, Morning Glory Workshop and Gfelted Designs by Gerry (here is a link to her Blog). If you do get the felting bug, some of the best and innovative supplies are offered by Dream Felt right here in Alaska! Thanks again to K.C. and Elise who both were very patient and even provided band aids and wrap for poked fingers. Here are some additional links for supplies and instructions: New England Felting Supply, Kay Petal Felt Alive, Felting Forum and Brigette Krag Hansen -the woman who is know for starting it all.

Below are some of the samples Elise and K.C. had on display at class.




8 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Oh that looks like a lot of fun, love seeing all the dogs and other felted animals, your terrior is so cute, careful your dog doesn't swallow any of that wool I wouldn't want it be stuck in his intestines. when I was in school in Maryland there was a boston terrior who came to the school yard at breaks and lunch and we played with him and he never tired out, the owner was lucky to live close by as we gave him all the exercise he needed. Artists don't get paid enough for what they do per hour that is for sure, I know it's true for clay, not to mention all the equipment and supplies.

Connie said...

Wow, I love all those dogs. Looks like a great workshop!!

cookingwithgas said...

You guys are having all the fun up there.
That looks so interesting- now you have me thinking about all kinds of other projects besides clay.

Patricia Griffin said...

The horses are beautiful.

Tracey Broome said...

I think if I had just one more hour in my day I would learn to felt! There was a booth next to me at one of the holiday shows that had felted birds and they were beautiful. Especially the cardinals. These are really wonderful too! I have been bitten by several Boston Terriers so I can't say it's my favorite breed, but your felted one is adorable!

Cowgirl Goods said...

OMG! Where you able to use any of Bonnie's fleece? Those horses are adorable, they are all adorable!

cindy shake said...

Hi all! thanks for reading. So many mediums, so little time -huh?! The Boston was my first project Marjorie but I did give my friend Elise some of the wool you sent. I'm going to learn how to clean it then use it in a critter -and everyone loves those natural ends. So much ART MAKING to do that my house-chores just might have to be set aside today. Sounds like a pizza to go night too!

Ann said...

Oh, how I do hope I see a felted sheep in your future?? But wait! I'm still waiting for your quilted sheep wall art, aren't I?? Snap to it, Cindy! Just tell Gus and Derrick that pizza is not just for breakfast anymore!