Lately, the things I have created haven’t been bird related (the horror!). Or, in one case, I made something birdy and totally adorable, but I gave the flock away without taking pictures! I’ll definitely make more, though–which means you can look forward to a tutorial on the cutest little owls built from bottle caps, pistachio shells, scraps of paper and googly eyes. Next time!
For now, I went back to my long-term crafting obsession:needle felting! After a number of 3-D critters, I have wanted to get back to the basics and do a 2-dimensional project, but have been waiting for creativity to strike…My inspiration for this particular project was trifold: a pretty little frame that I recently found at a thrift shop; the amazing animals-in-clothes trend (just Google “Dapper Animal;” so great!); and a stately little wood carving of Gray Crowned Crane that a friend brought back for me from Tanzania–such an elegant bird! All I had to do was pick up my needle and wool, and put the three together…
My favorite thing about needle felting is that it is so versatile. With a little imagination and patience, you truly can make anything you like. In some ways, 2-dimensional needle felting is more straightforward than 3-D: the flat plane is easy to visualize; you can felt onto a variety of surfaces (seriously–felt! Knit! Fleece! Even many non-wooly fabrics can be felted onto!), and it comes together much faster than 3-D creations. The catch is that drawing and painting with a barbed needle and wool roving is also a little less forgiving than building structures with it. This simply means you should either go for abstract or have a plan before you start!
Here goes; from plan to product: