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The making of a horse

 
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I thought it might be fun and interesting to take pictures of one of my projects from start to finish. This is a needle felted horse.

First I arrange pipecleaners in a rough 'skeleton.' I wrap the leg pipe cleaners around the body/neck pipecleaners. Then, I tie each strand of embroidery floss to the skeleton so they can't come undone. Not much is worse than having your doll's hair fall out!!!



Then I wrap the skeleton with roving and tack it down with the three-needle felting needle pen, This helps hold the skeleton together.



Now I just continue adding more and more and more roving, trying to stick with the rough anatomy of the horse. The roving will compress a LOT, so I don't worry about some areas being too thick or thin.



Then I just keep adding more and more roving and packing it in. It's still too fluffy, and the anatomy is still a bit off, so I keep refining as I add more and more roving.



I like to make the horse nice and firm, so it's less likely to unfelt or become mishappen as it's played with. I add more roving to areas that are a little too thin or too fluffy. And just keep felting and felting. About 4 or 5 hours after the last picture, I've arrived at this state.



Another view--I still need to trim the hair so there's no more loops and the hair is more even.



Here's a view of the face--does it look okay? I don't like putting eyes because they always seem to have weird expressions or look creepy to me...



And a top view

 
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That looks great!

Face looks fine to me!  Eyes always look "different" on models or toys, creeps me out two 🤣

I have a friend making metal framed woven horses I will try and get a photo this weekend if you are interested?
 
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Beautiful work!  I truly admire the patience this craft requires.
 
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That is just beautiful.
 
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Thank you so much, for sharing this, Nicole! Beautiful work! 😍😍😍
 
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I'm so glad it looks good! I tend to get second-thoughts about my creations and start finding/imagining flaws.

Thank you all! ♥
 
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Toby Ornot wrote:That looks great!

Face looks fine to me!  Eyes always look "different" on models or toys, creeps me out two 🤣

I have a friend making metal framed woven horses I will try and get a photo this weekend if you are interested?



I'd love to see pictures! It's so neat to see all the different ways people can make so many different things!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:

Toby Ornot wrote:That looks great!

Face looks fine to me!  Eyes always look "different" on models or toys, creeps me out two 🤣

I have a friend making metal framed woven horses I will try and get a photo this weekend if you are interested?



I'd love to see pictures! It's so neat to see all the different ways people can make so many different things!



I will get some this weekend for you :)
 
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Great job!  I like the way you tied the mane and tail to the frame to start, that's brilliant.  Had I tried doing it, I'm sure there would have been a quandary at the end, trying to figure out how to get them to stick on.
 
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Niele da Kine wrote: Great job!  I like the way you tied the mane and tail to the frame to start, that's brilliant.  Had I tried doing it, I'm sure there would have been a quandary at the end, trying to figure out how to get them to stick on.



I had quite a few dolls that had their hair come out when I was a kid, and it was one of the first things on my mind! Tying it seemed like the best option.




I just realized I had a picture of it all finished and ready to ship out! What better packaging material that old seed catalog pages, am I right?
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Ah man, the picture upside down. Grrr! I'll have to try to find a way to turn it around...
Ah man, the picture upside down. Grrr! I'll have to try to find a way to turn it around...
 
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That's soooo beautiful, Nicole! Nice work! How much do you charge for one? Do you ever make animals that need whiskers? I have had many cats all my life & they naturally lose one or two whiskers a month around the full moon & I can't resist saving them as I have noticed toys or sculptures that add fake whiskers I they always look funny to me. As I am in my 50's I now have many whiskers & haven't made any animal toys or sculpture, so I literally have hundreds. I also make Herkimet diamond jewelry in sterling silver, would you possibly be interested in trading?
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So beautiful!  I might have a hard time parting with her if I was you!!!
 
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