Of progress: WIPs #2 – needle felted doll head

Don’t you just love “work in progress” doll photos?
I sure do!…
needle felted doll face

My WIP: a needle felt doll

I remember my art class back in high school. During the summer months, just before summer break, whenever the weather was nice, we used to take our current art projects outside to a little corner of the school yard and work on them under the sun and blue skies.
I have always loved the connection to nature and art at the same time.
Anyway, I still remember when we once came into class only to find a fist big block of white stone on our table each. It was a chunk of soapstone and we would “learn” how to sculpt it by starting with just looking at the stone and trying to “see what lies beneath” the cold brick.
We then would take it outside and carve the stone until eventually “something” or maybe even a tiny piece of art would emerge.

Nowadays whenever I work on needle felting a doll face from wool I am reminded of this art class. The process of bringing a little doll personality “to life” out of a ball of wool, a needle and a vision only, is a very similar experience.
So I worked on a very special doll head as of lately, a new needle felt doll.
Here is my work of the week so far — as always of course still in progress:
Filzkopf needle felted doll face
It all starts off with some wool and some needles…

 

Filzkopf needle felted doll face
…and slowly becomes something new…

 

Filzkopf needle felted doll face
…almost there…

 

Filzkopf needle felt doll face
…adding more wool, little by little…

 

Filzkopf needle felted doll face
…felting and looking and adding and felting some more…

 

Filzkopf needle felted doll face
…alas, to my least favorite part of having to cover it all up again…

 

Filzkopf needle felted doll face
…but always still a work in progress.
Ah. Just like life itself.
What do you think?!

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7 thoughts on “Of progress: WIPs #2 – needle felted doll head

  1. OI TUDO BEM , VOCE TEM LIVROS OU CDS EXPLICANDO A TÉCNICA DOS ROSTOS DAS BONECAS , QUERO APRENDER A ESCULPIR , AQUI NO BRASIL , NÃO CONHEÇO NINGUÉM QUE SAIBA FAZER ESSAS BONECAS .ELAS SÃO LINDAS . FICO NO AGUARDE .OBRIGADA.
    HELENI RODDRIGUES

  2. Adorei suas bonecas são maravilhosas.Aqui no Brasil não temos esta técnica de esculpir com feltragem de lã. GOSTARIA de saber se voce fornece alguma apostila e qual o valor para adquirirmos. Ficaria imensamente feliz se tivesse algum meio para enviar. Contando com sua atenção, antecipo agradecimentos.Maria Elisabete.

  3. Adorei suas bonecas são maravilhosas.Aqui no Brasil não temos esta técnica de esculpir com feltragem de lã. GOSTARIA de saber se voce for
    nece alguma apostila e qual o valor para adquirirmos. Ficaria imensamente feliz se tivesse algum meio para enviar. Contando com sua atenção, antecipo agradecimentos.Maria Elisabete.

  4. Dear Maria Elisabete,
    I hope I understood your comment properly since I had to use the google translator for it. ;)
    I think you asked about an instruction to make a needle felted sculpted doll face.
    Unfortunately I have no ebook for this purpose to purchase yet.
    But you can buy a good ebook pdf on how to needle sculpt a doll face form laura and maria here;
    https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/234060063/charlie-bo-e-book-english
    Hope this maybe will help you out?!
    best wishes,
    Nat

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