Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Little sillyness

I found this little mouse today, this was really my first needle felt attempt.
I stumbled upon Natasha Fadeeva ( http://www.fadeeva.com/ ) 4 years ago and was totally in awe of all of her critters. The mice and the cats were my favourite.
I've never heard about needle felting before and had no idea what it was all about.
Her cats are mostly knitted and I thought, well I can give that a try. I emailed Natasha and she was so very sweet to mail me a pattern of the knitted cat. I bought some fluffy wool and started to knit.
Mmmmm, didn't work. I can knit a sweater as long as the pattern consists of squares, square front, square back, square sleeves sewn together and voila: a "sweater".
So after endless research on needle felting on the internet I bought needles ( in a shop where they sold supplies for making dreadlocks) and I started my first mouse. I copied Natasha of course and this mouse was my first :
It had a terrible body and I put it away in a box where I save my "attempts".
I think after about 8-9 months I tried again and made this Pinky:
Well, to get back at the mouse, I found it and I thought her little head was cute, so I cut of her body, glued it on a piece of black cardboard and glued the whole thing on the skirting ( I'm not sure how it's called in English, vertical boarding ? )
Silly isn't it :-) 

11 comments:

  1. Silly and WONDERFUL!! Fadeeva fan here, too. Helen, you should sell these!

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    1. Thanks Helen.It's so simple, you know what: I make one this afternoon and make it a "how to "

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  2. Yes, totally agree with DollZandThingZ; you should sell these 'panel-mice'!! I know I would like to buy one...or two.. ;-)
    Fabulous!!

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  3. Helen and I fell in love with Natasha Fadeeva long ago as well! Her critters are SO Expressive!!! OH BUT I LOVE THIS!!!! I also have an unfinished white Natasha Fadeeva style mouse head- HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHA!!!! I am going to give her ears and copy you, if you don't mind!!!! TOO CUTE!!!!! Thank-you, Helen!!!!

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    1. That was the purpose of this post I guess !!! Hahahhahaa we all copied her mice !

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  4. Superb idea Helen! I love it! I also have loved Natasha's work and she is a wonderful multi-talented artist. Your idea of the half mouse is so creative, peeking thru the hole. Only YOU could think of such a thing! And you know I love your wool Pinky too and saw it even before I met you. Everything you do is magic my friend! :)

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    1. Arthur fell for it ! He jumped when he saw this mouse and after he looked again he said : how did you make the hole ! Hhahahaha

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  5. Helen,
    How funny that we all know Natasha's work. I purchased one of her rabbits, but her mice are my favorite.
    I hope you keep making mice, I would love to buy one!!!

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    1. Susan ! I would love to own a " Natasha Fadeeva" rabbit ! You lucky woman !
      I'm not that into making little things, I think a rat will be the smallest animal I love to try one day.

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