Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Felting Fun with Fiber! Bring on the GNOME!!

As an artist, I am always exploring different mediums to use in my work.  Some new adventures fall to the way side for many different reasons, and then, there are others that turn out too cute not to share.

Which brings me to this post.  Earlier this year, when I was at the Quinlan Show in Philly, some of my doll making friends were talking about how addicting needle felting was to do.  At the time, I didn't give it much thought other than the fact of how cute some of the items were.  Never in my world of creating would I have thought that I would be taking up a felting needle to give it a whirl.  But, I did.  LOL

Funny enough, I already had a nice big package of felting needles tucked away in my stash of "stuff". There is no telling how long I have had these needles, or rather, what I had initially intended to use them for.  I wager that I was going to use them to root doll hair into cloth doll heads.  As you might have guessed, like most artistic people, I have tried many different mediums out there, including cloth doll making, before I landed into the world of polymer clay.

Anyway, since I have been busy working on Halloween projects for the Spirits in Sanford show event, I was needing a little break from the monotony.  A little "change of scenery" you might say to keep the creative juices flowing.  Sometimes, you need to change it up to keep your mind fresh to prevent creative clogs.  :-P   (In case you are interested in my Halloween items, you can see my progress at www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com.)

At any rate, my change of scenery brought me to the felting needles.   I thought, what the heck?  Why not give it a hand!  So, I decided to try my hand at some little garden gnomes.  I have to admit, it was kind of addicting but also a little tiring when you use a single needled to punch wool for hours on end for one little item.  HAHA   Anyway, my final results were so darn cute, that I have decided I will continue to do these needle felted garden gnomes when I have "down time" or need a change of pace.  The beauty of these little guys are that they are safe for little hands (unless I add buttons and such), the price is right, and they are light weight for shipping too! Not only that, but each one is a unique one-of-a-kind creation!

Allow me to introduce to you the beginning of the Garden Gnome Family here at The Pixie Knoll!  Here is a direct link to my Etsy store where you can find some cute little gnomes I have just added today.  You will also find a witch and a Christmas gnome too.  I will be adding more Halloween and Christmas gnomes along with more Garden Gnomes over time.  But, these are the first of many.  I have to tell you, pictures DO NOT do these gnomes any justice whatsoever!!!  These are cute as buttons.  They range from 8.5" to 11 inches in length and fit comfortably in your hand and stand on their own.  I hope you like the new Gnomes!  Enjoy!

A collection of Garden Gnomes!

A Wicked Witch with her Pumpkin!

A Christmas Gnome!

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