In the beginning of the amazing gnomes project (around the tenth gnome) is when the foxy fox challenge began for me. The gnomes were designing themselves it felt like at that point and my mind and hands needed a challenge to keep them feeling fresh – a new 3D felted sculpture design was needed. I knew then that I would be making the 50 gnomes for Santa – my deadline looming in early December. It was important not to get bored in doing the making – for doing something over and over again..can be boring. Along came the idea to challenge my felting skills and make a fox (she took exactly 10 hours to make in total). Looking online for inspiration I found many felting craftspeople were taking on the Felted Fox design challenge. Measuring my creations against some of the works of other felters who I admire has helped me achieved my goal – I am still interested and not bored and very fond of making the little foxy fox and all her gnome friends even after the Santa 50.
The plan is to make many foxy foxes – a character destined to be an ongoing amazing gnome friend, a regular on the show, and eventually to be a toy up for sale – for now though this little foxy fox is my muse when the challenge is not so present – she is my mascot, and the gnomes have a little fox friend – very important I figure from reading stories of their woodland nature and gift with wild animals. :O) More little animals on the way.