This August, I decided to change a few things in my business: a new website, a new blog space, new business strategies... This meant no needle felting, because I just wouldn't have the time. I had therefore left my fibre schedule completely open so I could focus on the admin side of Felt Buddies & Yarns.
Naturally, the gods decided to mess with my plans. I got contacted by a prospective customer, asking me if I could make him a mini of his lurcher dog Lizzie. It was going to be a present for his wife, and needed to be completed before September...
I could have said no. It was the sensible thing to do, considering all the stuff I had planned; but to be honest, after returning from my holiday, I missed spending time making a dog! And Lizzie was just gorgeous - I couldn't resist. I threw caution to the wind and got working.
This girl posed some very particular challenges - she's white with very discreet spots overall, she's got a pink underside and darker spots on her belly and legs. Her base colour meant I would have to be super careful adding the details without blemishing the lightness, plus I'd need to find the perfect shades to mimic the rest of her original colours.
After creating her basic shape, I concentrated on details. Lurchers and whippets have great muscle definition and I tried my best to show it off on her legs and chest area. The images bellow don't really show all the volumes very well, but I think I got them quite well, especially the back legs.
Mini Lizzie's underside was created by mixing different shades of soft pastels and adding the pigment to the body with brushes of different shapes and sizes.
Next, I concentrated on her expression. Lurchers always manage to look so soulful and I had to capture that.
I don't have a photo of her after I added the lighter colour, so you'll just have to trust me she looked great. She's since been sent to her home here in the UK and I got a lovely email saying she'd arrived safely and would make a lovely present when time came. Music to my ears!
If you'd like to have your dog made into a Felt Buddies mini, feel free to contact me - to be honest, I'd really rather be creating than doing very glamorous (not!) admin work!