Fiber Fun: Megan Nedds and The Woolen Wagon

Those who’ve been here before know I usually put up knitting or crocheting projects on Friday, but I’ve decided to branch out to another form of fiber art today: needle-felting.

Megan Nedds makes realistic sculptures of animals and birds using needle-felting techniques. Her creations have wire armatures that allow them to be posed in many different ways, adding to the impression that they are alive.

Siri the Cheetah, by Megan Nedds
Siri the Cheetah, by Megan Nedds
Edgar the Raven, by Megan Nedds
Edgar the Raven, by Megan Nedds

Nedds taught herself how to needle-felt, although she has taken a class or two to help her refine her skills. I’ve done a little needle-felting and am in awe of her skill. I love the amount of detail and expression she achieves in her pieces. Those baby elephants look eager to play.

Kara and Chloe the baby elephants, by Megan Nedds
Kara and Chloe the Baby Elephants, by Megan Nedds
Katie the Chipmunk, by Megan Nedds
Katie the Chipmunk, by Megan Nedds
Dakotah the Gray Wolf, by Megan Nedds
Dakotah the Gray Wolf, by Megan Nedds

Nedds sells her work on Etsy¬†and you can contact her there to get a commission done, but the place to see more of her work is The Woolen Wagon on Facebook. Check out the photo album “Meet The Animals” to see all her creations. Scroll down the main page to see process photos that show the underlying armature and just how much work it takes to create these enchanting creatures.

Why Armadillos, Part 4

This week’s topic at Inspire Me Thursday is polka dots, which dovetails beautifully with my armadillo theme, because I happen to own a handmade, polka-dotted armadillo. (How many people can say that?) Made for me by Donna Faivre-Roberts, doll maker extraordinaire, as a going away gift when I left Ithaca, this cutie is about 4 inches long and completely needle felted. Ain’t he sweet?

Needle-felted armadillo by Donna Faivre-Roberts
Needle-felted armadillo by Donna Faivre-Roberts