My Art: Handmade Needle Felted Animals & Polymer Clay Sculptures

My NEW Needle Felted Art Gallery, organized by group
Me on EBAY / Current Auctions
Needle Felted Dogs, Foxes, and Wolves
Needle Felted Cats & Mice
Needle Felted Lions, Tigers, and Bears and More Large Mammals
Needle Felted Birds
Needle Felted Monkeys, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and More Exotic Small Animals
Farm animals / Ungulates, Horses, Cows, Sheep, Pigs, and Other Hoofed Animals like Buffalo
Customs, Commissions, & Request Pet Sculptures
Needle Felted Handmade Hedgehog Pincushions
Photo Key
Poseable Playfull Critters
Special Techniques & Early Experimentation
Early Art Gallery Page with Cute Jointed Sculptures
Pet Tips: Dog Hybrids, Shelter Pets, Rehoming Pets, Help for Lost Pets, Getting a New Pet
Pet Tips 2: Shelters and Animals in the News
NEW! About the artist
FAQ page
CONTACT / Buying Info & Mailing List
Link Page

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Welcome to my webpage :)
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Welcome to my webpage dedicated to my needle felted and polymer clay art. I am also dedicating this website and my art to help animals and people interested in pets.  This page contains examples of my art as well as tips for current/future pet owners. I donate a percentage of my profits from art sales to help animals, as well as time volunteering and working to help them.

Sculptures pictured have been sold and reside in private collections throughout the USA and around the world. Check for current auctions to see what's available now or send in your request to commision a sculpture. I take request for custom sculptures of your pet or any other animal & I ship worldwide. If interested in a 3-D custom pet portrait of your pet, use the Contact Page to send in your request. You can also contact me through eBay where you can check out my feedback and view my current auction sculptures for sale with my newest sculptures. Even if you don't see any auctions, I am still taking requests for custom animal sculptures.

my link on eBay

My new site is under construction.

Contact page

I have always been interested in art and animals and have worked in many mediums including drawing, painting, and beadwork. Though you will find a few polymer clay sculptures below, my current interest is needle felting.
Working with real animals has helped in designing my artwork.  Inspiration comes from real life and photos including pets, animals at the zoo, animals seen on nature walks, and homeless animals at the pound.  Experience grooming dogs and cats has carried over to my needle felted pets and other animals.
Wool working such as knitting and needle felting have recently gained in popularity. Most felters and other fiber artists interested in wool working are already familiar with the wet felting technique and techniques for felting knitting. Many people are just learning about needle felting. However, the art of needle felting, which is a dry technique, actually isn't as new an art form as it seems, but it has recently gained popularity through the internet.
I really like the lifelike realism that can be achieved through this soft sculpture art form. I take requests, the cat at right was sculpted using photos of a real pet :)
Needle Felted
The needle felted cat (middle) just 3 inches long.

What is needle felting?

Unlike stuffed animals, needle feltings are not sewn together. Needle felted sculptures are sculpted using only special barbed needles; a soft felting pad works as a protective base to hold the sculpture's fibers while felting and working with the sharp needles.  Some felters may use other tools to hold the material in place but the sculpting is done souly through the stabbing of the needle through the fibers. The felting needles catch tiny scales on the fibers and allow them to be locked into place, in this way any scaled fiber can be used as a sculpting medium.  Even something smooth as silk can be felted into the scales of wool; although silk does not felt well by itself, it can be felted onto a wool core.
Many fibers have tiny scales, even human hair, which can be seen under high magnification.  The ease of felting a fibre depends on these scales and how well they catch on the felting needle and each other in order to be locked into place.
Most felters use wool roving, natural sheep's wool obtained from shearing sheep. Some use soft mohair, obtained from shearing an angora goat, or silk overlays. I have also tried felting other materials, such as yarn, with varied results. Other artists use fur, also obtained from giving an animal a hair cut, or from brushing out excess fur as with regular grooming.  As needle felting is done with fibers only, and does not require the hide or skin of an animal, fibers are obtained through harmless ways.
When washed clean and dried these fibers can easily be felted onto a ball of wool. If you save some brushed fur or hair clippings from your pet's recent grooming, fur from your pet can be incorporated into a sculpture of their likeness.
My current soft furry felted figures and the occasional hard polymer clay sculptures are for sale through this webpage (use the contact form) as well as being sold on eBay.  I use an assortement of fibers including wool from various breeds of sheep, mohair, sometimes silk, and plant fibers such as soy and even bamboo fibers, when needle felting. Materials are chosen to capture the look, and often the feel of the particular animal.
Most of my mini soft sculptures are about 1 - 3 inches long (most can be seen sitting on my hand for size reference or include a dime coin in the picture). Even though they are very small they are carefully sculpted with fine details such as nostrils and pawpads. All are 100% handmade by me including the needle felted dogs' and bears' handpainted, handsculpted polymer clay noses and each sculpture took many hours of work to complete.

Where would you like to go?

Now that you know a little about needle felting, click the pictures in the grid below to visit my gallery of needle felted animal sculptures, including previous 3D custom pet portraits working from photos, or use the links at left. Also in the left links, find helpful info for people interested in pets, ways to help animals and the environment for free, & more. Using the contact form, you can report broken or oudated links if you find any, or make requests for sculptures of new animals or your pet and inquire about pricing.

Examples of my artwork, as seen on eBay

I own copyrights to all my atrwork and images of it. Do not repost photos without my permission.

See some examples of my ooak (one of a kind) work on the gallery pages. Thanks for looking :)

Dogs Page 1
Dogs Page 2
Lions, Tigers, Bears and other Large Wildlife
Exotic Small Animals and Pets
Horses and other Hoofed Animals
Birds: Parrots, Owls, Vultures and More
Past Sculptures in My Old Gallery
Hedgehog Pinchshions and More
Custom Request Pet Sculptures from Photos

Abruzzenhund, Affenpinscher, Afghan, Airedale, Akbaash, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Alangu Mastiff, Alsatian, American Eskimo Dog, American Staffordshire, Anatolian Shepherd, Appenzeller, Australian Cattle, Australian Shepherd, Australian Terrier, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bearded Collie,  Beauceron, Bedlington, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Bernese Mountain, Bichon Frise, Black and Tan Coonhound, Black Russian Terrier, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Borzoi, Boston Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Briard, Bracco Italiano, Brussels Griffon, Bully Breeds, Bullmastiff, Bull, Bulldog, Caanan, Cairn, Canadian Eskimo Dog, Catahoula Leopard, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cesky, Chihuahua Long Coat, Smooth Coat, Chinese Crested, Chow Chow, Collie Rough, Dachshund Smooth, Long Coat Wire, Dalmation, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Doberman, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Fila Brasilia, Finnish Spitz, Fox Terrier Smooth Wire haired, American English Foxhound, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain, Greyhound, Hamiltonstovare, Harrier, Hovaward, Ibizan Hound, Icelandic Dog, Irish Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Italian Spinoni, Spinone, Jack Russel, Japanese Chin, Karelian Bear, Keeshond, KerryBlue Terrier, Kooikerhondje, Komondor, Kuvasz, Lakeland Terrier, Leonberger, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Maremma, Mastiff, Miniature Bull Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier, Neopolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Norfolk, Norwegian Elkhound, Norwich Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Toller, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Toller, Yarmouth, Little River Duck, Red Duck, Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound, Papillon, Pekingese, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Pharaoh Hound, Picardy Shepherd, Pointer, Pointer German Shorthair and Wirehair, Pomeranian, Poodle, Porcelaine. Portugese Water, Portuguese Podengo. Pudelpointer, Pug, Puli, Pyrenees Sheepdog, Setter, Russian Toy, Retriever- Chesapeake, Curly Coated, Flat Coated, Golden, Labrador, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Saluki, Samoyed, Schipperke, Scottish Deerhound, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham, Setter – English, Gordon, Irish, Shar Pei, Sheltand Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Hokkaido Inu, Kai Inu, Kishu Inu, Shikoku Inu, Tosa Inu, Siberian Husky, Silky Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, American Cocker Spaniel, ASCOB, American Water, Brittany, Clumber, English Cocker, English Springer, Field, French, Irish Water, Sussex Welsh, Standard Schnauzer, Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Welsh Corgi Cardigan, Pembroke, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Westie, Whippet, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Yorkshire Terrier, Yorkie, wolf, dingo, bear dog, raccoon dog, New Guinea Singing Dog

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