So this was my first go at needle felting! I loved it and can’t wait to make some more creatures. The mama’s got an internal structure of high density foam (just because I had it on hand) and her limbs are aluminum wire. Many thanks to the lovely Corina Hogan of Corina’s Curious Creations, who was able to supply me with a bunch of materials in Ireland after I broke my first few needles from overzealous felting. She makes some adorable little critters and has a bunch of supplies for sale including some fabulous wool from Irish sheep (I miss them so much!) and on top of that she’s just a sweetheart. Give her site a visit and see what suits your fancy!
My classmates and I had studios set up in the Burren College of Art, a beautiful little campus that’s open to the public because there is a castle on the premises. We were lucky enough to get a couple kids wandering through with their grandparents one day and they flocked over to me, totally mesmerized as they watched me make the mama. ”That’s CLASS!” they yelled, which I learned means “SO cool”—and it was a much needed boost after a sort of dumb critique from, you know, adults.