Thank you for the comments and support!
Bonnie, I will be contacting you shortly to find out what type of ‘custom’ felt pup you want.
I am enjoying a quiet morning before the craziness that is Black Sheep Gathering starts tomorrow. I need to pack my shop into my car for my vendor booth, clean the trailer for the sheep to be loaded into, brush Kate so she looks her best for the herding demos, print pictures and information for my farm display booth, and a lot of other little things….but right now I am taking a deep breath 🙂
While I was taking my deep breath, I realized that I had not shared my Black Sheep Gathering Fiber Arts entry on my blog.
I used the BSG logo as my inspiration, but wanted to incorporate all of the wonderful breeds that can be seen at the show.
I used wool from each breed and most of it came from farms here in the NW. The only exception is the Wensleydale and that wool came from Jackie Post at Wooly Adventures.
She lives in California and the wool came from Marley, a sheep with a LOT of character.
and the Border Leicester wool came from Coleen Smith at Blessed Creations.
and the Gotland wool came from Wendy Hanson at Shaggy Bear Farms.
The Corriedale yarn came from Katie Orr at Critter Hollar Ranch.
The Coopworth locks came from Lora Withnell at Rocking Dog Ranch.
The Navajo-Churro wool and yarn came from Karen Lobb at bide a wee farm.
The Shetland wool came from my stash of roving from the Shetland sheep we had for a short period.
The CVM wool came from Correy McAtee at Custom Colored Critters.
The Jacob wool of course came from our flock.
The Bluefaced wool came from Robina Koenig at Tumble Creek Farm.
A lot of these farms are good friends and are going to be at Black Sheep Gathering – I can’t wait to see them!
Yesterday, we worked on my son’s Fiber Arts entry and I made one of my own…
My son made his own felt Rose. We used a new kit to make our own pups. The kit has molds and it was a safe way for a child to make a 3D felt object, less chance of poking fingers with the felting needle!
Her little tag reads – Live, Love, Leap – pretty accurate for the Rosie pup 🙂
Ok, break is over…back to work!
Make sure and say ‘Hi!’ if you are at the Black Sheep Gathering.
I have been working on awards for the Podengo National to be held in April. When I was first contacted they asked if I could felt a wall hanging with Podengos chasing a rabbit through the Portugal countryside.
I hope I responded intelligently because inside I was laughing 🙂 I think I said something like “Um, sure I could probably put something together for you.”
Ok, I don’t know how confident she was that I could do it after that response, but to be honest I wasn’t really sure I could do it either. First of all – what does the Portugal countryside look like??? Second of all – every Podengo I have seen looks completely different from the next and I couldn’t find any pictures of them running. So, she very kindly offered to send me a video of Podengos chasing a rabbit through the countryside of their homeland.
Here is the logo from their organization…
and here is a brief description – The Portuguese Podengo is an ancient multi-sensory hound (sight and scent) breed of dog from Portugal. There are three sizes – small (Pequeno), medium (Médio), and large (Grande). Each size with two hair coats (smooth and wire) and its own unique temperament. All three sizes love to hunt in their native country.
At the end of the conversation I had committed to making a large wall hanging…
The overall size is 3′ x 4′. Here is a close-up of the dogs.
A medium wall hanging…
and two smaller wall hangings.
They wanted the smaller wall hangings to have the dog(s) standing with a rabbit. I think these were the hardest ones to do. Pretty plain with just dogs and a rabbit, so my mom helped me come up with the leaves and swirl idea – thanks mom!
I love working with dog clubs and the people are always so nice. This is what she had to say when I sent her pictures…
“Thank you SO much for your time, your work, and especially your creativity. Can’t wait to see the surprise on people’s faces!!!”
I wish I could be there!
I hope I did the Portugal countryside correctly because the judge is from Portugal!!!
A little note about my Studio blog – As much as I like the idea of having a blog for the studio, it just isn’t reality at the moment. So, I will be sharing studio news here again.
literally and figuratively! I realized today, while I was needle felting another dog, that I am surrounded by dogs.
There are the obvious ones…
Paisley, who is trying to stay warm on these cold, rainy days.
My chore buddy, Darby, and of course the two clowns in the previous post.
Then the not so obvious ones –
My son, who likes to pretend he is a dog, and all of his friends – Bernie, Deuce, Fetch, Major, Snook, Clifford, Clifford II, and Charlie. He doesn’t go anywhere without at least two of them. He crawls around on the floor, pants, barks, and loves to fetch his ball 🙂 Ah, to be a 5-year-old!
Then there are all of the felt dogs that have been created and moved onto their new homes –
Zsof is a Puli.
These Malamute bags are going to be given as awards at the large Portland, OR dog show in January.
A dark brindle French Bulldog named Bruce.
Borzoi brothers – Hawk and Wings.
Rocket the Whippet.
I just finished these and they have been added to my Etsy shop. A poodle, cocker spaniel, and great dane felted onto my handmade felt and fabric totes.
Luckily I like dogs 🙂