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Wool felted huskies by Lupineleigh Wool felted huskies by Lupineleigh
More husky love! :)
These are sculpted with pipe cleaners and/or jewelry wire, then filled with cotton batting and felted with wool roving.
The big guy in the background was the very first felted animal I made, back in late 2007. I sculpted the base and had to wait until Christmas for my first package of wool roving. I modeled him after my pet husky.
The standing husky on the right was also an early sculpture and has some special material on it. The darker gray wool came from a rare Navajo Churro sheep and the long white hair on the tail is shed wolf fur!
The little one on the right is my favorite piece. Unlike the other two, I used alpaca fiber as the base and added the other colors and fibers on top. Although alpaca takes longer to firm up, it blends better than the types of wool I've used and it has a silkier feel.
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foxy-yazoo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
These are so cute! What an interesting blend of alpaca, Navajo Churro sheep (which I've never even heard of) and wolf fur! How did you get the wolf fur? XD Really neat combination there!
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Lupineleigh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
The wolf fur is from the Wild Spirit wolf sanctuary in New Mexico I visited. It was the middle of summer and tufts of shed fur were blowing across the ground. I asked if I could pick some up and the volunteers were quite happy to share. (Probably saved them from doing some cleanup. XD) The wolf undercoat hairs were surprisingly soft but too long so I tore them into little pieces to blend with the alpaca fiber.
The Navajo Churro nearly went exinct, but preservation is helping it make a come back. I traded the husky pictured on the right for a handful of raw wool I cleaned and brushed at home. Both the wool and information came from the Hubbell Trading Post.
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ZadaCreations Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are wonderful!
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
These are really well-made! The shape of the legs and paws is especially good.
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BeecroftA Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
These are really nice! For a second I thought this was a blurry photo, until I noticed the floral quilt pattern.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow cool, love them a lot! Needle felting is fun :w00t: I did some little wolves that you can find in my gallery...
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