Friday, April 03, 2009
Good things in small packages....
Making small dolls and animals and other small things has become a passion of mine. When I was young, I visited a woman in her Palm Beach home and she showed me her many types of collections in wonderful displays and I was instantly hooked.
For some reason, I never had a doll house, although I love them. In the 80's, there was doll house and miniature shop in the town where I lived and I made small items to sell there from objects I found in my yard like acorn caps. When I started making 4 inch Edith Ackley dolls and carving and collecting Hitty (6 1/4 inches), they needed "stuff" so I started collecting and making small things.
Here is a Teddy bear I needle felted for Edie. It's just under 1 1/2 inch. I was inspired by the work of Christine O'Neil. She sell the neatest tiny felting needles and supplies at her web site and in an Etsy shop. She also has Flickr site. Check out her tiny needle felting---wonderful work!
Initially, I did not think using her needles would make a difference. Wrong! They are excellent for detail and so easy to use when working small--much easier on the hands. I recommend them for tiny work but they would be good on larger work for detailing.
Enjoy the day...have a great weekend...and keep your out eye for the tiny things in life.. and delight in them!