This book’s readership will be those who can confidently use a range of felting needles to felt core wool into any shape or form, and who want to move onto the next step of learning more detailed techniques and methods for creating more realistic needle felted dogs. I recommend that you read through each chapter fully before beginning work on the sculpture. Although the book showcases four breeds of dog, the techniques and methods used to create these can be transferred to many other animals, and is therefore useful knowledge for any needle felter to have.
Explaining the detailed shaping of these dogs isn’t covered, as it is assumed that readers will be able to create the necessary shaping by studying photos of each breed, allowing individual interpretation of each breed and developing a unique style. It does, however, cover the following – creating an armature initial covering and bulking (adding volume) of core wool how to create different poses three methods of creating noses two methods of creating eyes (one not covered anywhere else) how to prepare Merino tops for long coat attachment two different methods of attaching Merino tops to create the effect of a long coat how to texture the long coat how to blend Merino colors to achieve many more shades and hues how to add extra finishing colors two different methods of creating nails for paws how to create accessories: a bowl of food, a biscuit bone, and a collar & lead With good basic needle felting knowledge and a little knowledge of dog shapes, all the projects in this book can be created. Like any other art form, needle felting requires practice and more practice. I am still learning every day, and each sculpture I create teaches me something new!
The best advice I can give is never be afraid to make mistakes. All of my mistakes have taught me so many things, even if it’s what not to repeat. Fear of failure can cause a serious artistic block, and if I had a fear of failing, I would not be sharing this information. So please don’t be afraid to try in case it doesn’t go to plan. Go with the flow and see where it takes you ...
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