“Hair of the dog” 3D modelling…

Sometimes we find inspiration when we are really not looking for it….  On Monday I watched in amusement as a friend of mine sheared “Lady”, a little terrier, giving her coat a close-cut number “2”.  I couldnt help thinking of the Specsavers advert and that poor sheepdog!    Thinking of sheep led me to wonder if I could use the curly dog hair, that was now covering the floor, for felting….and if so, wouldnt it be cool to make a needle felt 3D model of the dog and cover it with its own hair?   A quick look on youtube to get some tips on how to form the body and I discovered DIY Puppy Plushie….a couple of hours later we have “Lady” in miniature.   Rather than waste my Merino I used polyester wadding for the core but have since been advised by a very helpful lady at Adelaide Walker that Cheviot wool makes a good base.  The Cheviot’s on order so I am now looking for inspiration for my next project.

Needle felted miniature dog

Needle felted miniature dog

Needle felting using dog hair.

Needle felting using dog hair.