Sunday, July 2, 2017


Have you ever wanted to make an animal for your cloth doll but didn't quite know how to go about it? I faced that dilemma several times wanting to make a dog, a cat or some critter and not knowing how to make the thing. I finally decided I would jump in make an armature and go from there. After all if you have the "bones" constructed right isn't it just a matter of fleshing out the animal?

I drew a sketch of the wolf to get the bone structure for the wire armature, which I think is the easier part. Next I had to decide how I was going to build up the body. What medium would I use?  Would I choose paperclay and sculpt the wolf or use spun cotton like I did for the Dodo Bird?

After much thought, I chose to needle felt the body to the armature using black wool. I've only needle felted a couple of times. Here's a look at my attempt to Needle Felt a black wolf.

The Wolf  Armature

After several layers of Needle Felting black wool:  There is still much work to be done, but it's a start.

And a sketch I did last month.


Jan Conwell said...

He is extremely cool and wolfish. :~) Well done!

Sherri Farley said...

He is going to be awesome! Will he be ferocious or gentle? Can't wait to see!

Chip Butter said...

Wow! I'm going to love Black Wolf...No matter if he be ferocious or gentle! :~)

Shashi Nayagam said...

The wolf is amazing

Daryle and Katie... kindred spirits said...

"Big"... "Bad"...(not so much) and Beautiful! Can't wait to see this guy when he's finished!