Space Nugget with a sandwich 🥪

posted in: process | 0

Here’s a peak into the needle felting process. Felt is a non-woven textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers together. Felting needles have notches along the shaft that grab the top layer of fibers and tangle them inward as the needle enters the wool. Over time, the loose fibers are compacted into a near solid form that can be shaped by adding tufts of wool and poking repeatedly. In other words, magic.

Sewing the base layer

posted in: process | 0

When needle felting on top of an armature, I start by sewing felt over the whole piece. This gives the wool I’m adding something to grab onto. I’m using roving–wool that’s been cleaned, combed, and carded so that the fibers are loosely oriented in the same direction, making it easier to work with.

Needle felted puppet

posted in: process | 0

 

This is a close up of a needle felted spoon stop motion puppet I made for Zombie Cat Studios a few years ago. I created the wire armature from wire, epoxy clay, and aluminum mesh. I needle felted on top of the armature and made the arms and hands out of liquid latex. Animation by Brian Lonano and Tak Masuda.