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Latest editions to my

felted collections

This handsome boy was a commission. He was a show winner of his breed and a very fine example of a German Shepherd.

He took many hours of needle felting and giggery-pokery to create, including his handcrafted eyes and nose.

German Shepherds are such beautiful and noble breeds.

I hope I shall make many more.

I always loved the Lassie films as a child and was lucky enough to have a dog similar to Lassie called Waif, because she was a stray.

This Lassie has a Merino hand-blended coat of four main colours to produce various shades of that typical Collie colouring. The original Lassie was based on the old Scotch Collie, which was a hard working farm dog. There are a few people trying to revive the breed.

This noble German Shepherd was made in a slightly different way to my normal dogs, this time made as separate parts and not my usual all-in-one method. This time I made a simple wire armature, gave the first covering of wool, then cut off the limbs and continued making them separately.  I have to say, I didn't enjoy this process as much as I would have liked, due to the constant need to pair up, assess and adjust sizes, proportions and shape, not to mention the actual exact fit needed to join the limbs to the body. But as you can see, I did have some fun in the process. Smonks thought the collection of limbs were very strange.

I had to keep reassessing the limbs to the body by attaching them with pins. The head was also made separately which I did find easier to work on without an attached body being in the way.  The eyes were made using my own secret method (to be shown in detail in my book) and the nose was felted, then sealed with glues and painted.

The body is Merino core wool and the top coat is a hand-blended coat from 4 colours of Merino Tops, which is the most time-consuming part of the creation, getting the coat pattern right and graduated colour gradients.  In all, I'm pleased with him.  I think he's a favourite.

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