2016 has started off with a few new felted friends sporting more complex color layering concepts to give a bit more depth and development of character. Using wool and other natural fibers of different softness textures gives the item touch-ability, like the hint of silk fibers on that soft bunny belly. Inspired by cuteness.
A bit of history (only a few months ago in the past but for all that has transpired – feels like a long time ago) – when the amazing gnomes concept was first decided to be a go – it was in tandem with the idea to make some entertainment out of the cute wool felt sculptured gnomes – I knew that eventually there would be a Youtube channel before I even knew how to use the format – only that I would need lots of photos and some ideas and to act on them and get some content going on. Today was the day! Starting out with the basics, a slide show featuring some photos and some Gnomespirations, and a little video tour of the beach bellow the house where the gnomes love to adventure – a little bit of fun in the sun. Posting to all the social media platforms can take all day, Instagram is so far my favorite (you can find me by artistleahwilson), though Youtube may be soon to take the lead. :O) having fun and getting stuff done.
It is with great pleasure to showcase today my newest hand felted creation, the first of many to come, the Felted Playscape for amazing gnomes and friends. Using both wet felting and dry felting techniques, this unique one of a kind scene was inspired by Foxy Fox and the little gnome pictured below. This item took allot of wool, and 16 hours of felting, as a finishing touch machine made felt fabric acts as a base – giving it even more of a solid foundation and that professional finished look. So excited to take on making playscapes for the gnomes and friends, this one with my original foxy fox and the little gnome pictured here, will be the first of my big items listed on my new etsy store soon to be launched. Calling it “The Foxy Fox Playscape #1” as I intend on making a few of these playscape sets – each with a foxy fox, a little gnome friend, and a place with a water feature, a green hill that is the home of foxy fox and the little gnome, some flowers, and a little mushroom. Variations will happen to be sure, as my imagination is in overdrive – can’t wait to make more. Would love your feedback, being a new concept – its always important to hear how it is perceived, thanks, much gratitude.
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.