So back in November some of you voted for the animal you wanted to see me needle felt next and the red panda came top!
I agree red pandas (Latin name; Ailurus fulgens) are tremendously cute creatures and they have such vibrant colouring.
She was not at all easy to make with her long fur, markings and ringed tail (apparently in the wild they use their big tails as a wrap around blanket in the cold mountains of Nepal, Burma and China) – but then you know how much I love a challenge!
She took a while to make and a lot of patience and I have to say I did leave her half done for a few weeks at a time with lack of motivation at one point… however she was worth it in the end.
I decided she was a ‘she’ early on as her eyes stared back at me with a kind of sparkling prettiness about them..
A lady in Yorkshire fell in love with her after spotting her on a facebook forum while she was just a mere face and so she is now being loved and cuddled by this lady at her new home 🙂
So here is a photo montage of my red panda to show you the stages of how I created her as well as an indoor and outdoor (garden) photoshoot of her once finished.
It is set to a beautiful piece of music called ‘rain’ that will hopefully inspire you. For me I feel like I am being transported to a distant land where maybe you would find a real red panda! 🙂
Hope you like her 🙂
So, what on to next?? a lion, a wallaby??
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Hi Amanda, Love your little panda. Just wondering what colour merino you used for her fur and where you get yours? Thanks! Ali
Hi Ali, I get my wool from world of wool. I used a range of oranges and browns, black and white. They are merino wool mainly but a bit of corriedale gives a nice texture to the mix. Thanks for your comment. 🙂
Brilliant work Amanda luv the panda
I always luvvvv seeing your work inspirational
Thanks Deb 🙂
Simply adorable, you are sooo talented. I agree with another fan…..a cheetah would be wonderful.
Thanks so much Carole. We shall see 😉
That is so beautiful & real , I’m ready to tackle needle felted animals.
Thanks JoAnn. What are you going to make? 🙂
Love the Red Panda and your ‘follow along’ pics and info are really inspiring Amanda. Thank you for sharing the journey.
I’d love to see you make a Lion or perhaps for an extra challenge…. a Cheeta 🙂
Thanks Lyn. Yes a Cheetah would definitely be a challenge! 🙂