The Evolution of a Wolf

Late one night I created a bear.

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Hello! A little brown bear comes to life.

What I love about needle felting is how something you start out to make just might end up being something else.

Black Welsh Mountain sheep wool, nice variation of fibers but some white hairs too.

Black Welsh Mountain sheep wool, nice variation of fibers but some white hairs too.

 I wanted to make a bear because I had some Black Welsh Mountain fleece I bought from “World of Wool”. It’s a natural, very dark brown with a bit of variation of hairs in it, so I thought it would make a good bear. The only problem is it had some white guard hairs that I had to pick out with tweezers as I worked.

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We do a little dance!

I first made it with a rounded type muzzle (I don’t have a picture of that) then I shaped it more elongated like a snout, you can see it in the picture above. It was difficult adding his little nose because the wool was so dark, black didn’t show up well.

Who taught him to do a "Downward Dog" yoga pose?

Who taught him to do a “Downward Dog” yoga pose?

And that’s why I tried using a light color to show a line for the mouth. Since he wasn’t a realistic bear, I wanted him to have a smile, but that was difficult too. He looked happy bu it just didn’t look right to me. He didn’t look ‘bearish’ enough. On my “Mary McAndrew Fiber Art” facebook page I asked followers if they thought he should have more tummy and the vote was “YES”! Maybe he’s been doing too much yoga?

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Little bear can talk now that he has a proper mouth, he’s talking to me but his voice is very small, like him.

Then I added a lower jaw so his mouth looked open. That’s cool!

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“But what’s wrong with my ears and tail?”

Well before I start serving him ice cream and cakes to fatten him up, I still kept thinking he didn’t look like a bear. I kept seeing a wolf in bears clothing!

Wolfy looks surprised to have new ears! Actually the same ears just made pointy!

Wolfy looks surprised to have new ears! Actually the same ears just made pointy!

So I used my needle to shape his ears more pointy and then I made him a nice fluffy scruffy tail. Gosh now he looks like a wolf! I think that’s what he was meant to be all along because he is perfect as a wolf!

Here's the wolf, stepping out for a stroll.

Here’s the wolf, stepping out for a stroll.

I might make him a little colorful vest out of felt. We’ll call him “Wolfy” for now…maybe it should be “Woolfy”!

Here's Wolfy practicing his 'stealth techniques'.

Here’s Wolfy practicing his ‘stealth techniques’; I love his bushy tail!

A note about the Black Welsh Mountain wool, it was a bit fiddly to work with. It did needle felt well and because it was ‘top’ it was combed into long ropes with fibers going the same way, so it wasn’t bad for wrapping the armature. But it did have lots of really light hairs that I had to pluck out with tweezers as I worked. If I used it as a core wool it wouldn’t matter and because it’s a natural color it has various color hairs in it and that can add interest.

Wolfy has a chat with a fluffy sheep.

Wolfy has a chat with a fluffy sheep.

OK, so the BIG question is…do you think he’s better as a Bear or Wolf? Please leave your comments below, love to hear from you.

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