Felletin, une belle ville en Creuse, France, est jumelée avec la capitale de Westeros, après un bébé dragon a été repéré là.
Felletin, a pretty town in the south of La Creuse, has been twinned with the capital of Westeros, after a baby dragon has been spotted there.
Perhaps I need to get out much (there really isn’t a lot to do, of an evening, in winter in rural France), but once I got the idea of making a dragon that could sit on your shoulder like the one Khalissi has in Game of Thrones I couldn’ stop. Not entirely sure how many hours it took, but I made it over a week.
I then began the process of putting some “flesh” on the bones. I started by wrapping wool around the wire. I figured that this would make it easier when trying to needle-felt – give the wool something to hang onto!
You can see in the above photo that I had also began to needle felt the head. It was then just a case of adding more wool and needle felting it until it began to look more like a dragon.
Once I had built up the body I made some wet felted sheets for the wings. I used two different types of red and did three very fine layers (a bright red, sandwiched between two dark layers).
It was around this point I attached three magnets to the dragon. One on each foot, and one on the tip of his tail. I attached the magnets using a glue gun, and then needle-felted over them.
It was then a case of adding colour and detail until I was happy with it.
Here is an example of how looking at other peoples work can make you think, and give you inspiration.
I recently saw this picture from Elemental Sight
I was really impressed with the needle felting, but also impressed that the owl had “a magnet up it’s butt” to help it sit on her shoulder.
I then saw this picture (I think it was sent to me by Pintrest as a “pin you’ll love” – I did)
And then suddenly another image leapt into my head:
Which then had me itching to do some more needle-felting. This is what I came up with (I was clearly surprised!):
He has three magnets, one on each foot and one on his tail for stability. Will post more photos tomorrow of how it was done.
As a bit of fun I decided to try to create a needle-felted finger puppet based on Benedict Cumberbatch‘s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.
It doesn’t look quite as much like him as I wanted (for some reason I think more of Alan Rickman’s Snape in Harry Potter, than I do of Sherlock, when I look at him! Or sometimes I see Stephen Fry! Do you see anyone else?), but it was fun, and I want to practice making human features, so in that sense it was a success.
The hair was difficult. I think it would be better not to have needle-felted it all, but perhaps to have used some Wensleydale wool, which may have given a better representation of Cumberbatch’s hair style.
Anyhoo, here are some photos showing the process of creating the little fellow:
Je travaille, actuellement, sur un projet pour une copine. J’ai fait ces fleurs / I am working at the moment on a project for a friend. I have made these flowers: