The past few weekends I have been making my latest British mammal, a mole!! He is a one of kind commission and will be going to his forever home very soon.
He has corriedale and alpaca wool for his core, then layers of velvety textured fur made from luscious chocolate merino wool mixed with brown corriedale wool. To get this effect I attached the wool in strands (see my tutorial here on needle felting long fur) but then cut it really short to give that mole fur look. I can’t help but feel how soft he is. 🙂 I chose pinks and creams for his nose, mouth and feet. He has wire in his toes and tail for that bit of pose-ability. He has tiny black felted eyes and his whiskers are made of horse hair..
I hope you like him. I gave him that ‘Fit to be loved’ cheeky smile!
Your mole is really nice. Makes me wish I was needling right now instead of working! Question- Why do you use a combo of alpaca & corridale for the core instead of just one fiber?
Thank Chris. I know the feeling about wanting time to needle felt instead of work. I feel like that most days. Only get to do it weekends and evenings if not too tired. Re your question I usually use one fibre for the core and I use a slightly courser cheaper wool but on this occasion I used some alpaca as I was seeing how it felted. I was given some alpaca fleece straight from the alpaca so had to wash, dry and brush it. Was too excited to just leave it there and not have a go. Have so much of it. Such a blessing 🙂