A dear friend of mine was coming to Christmas and I wanted to do something very special for her. I hadn't done any needle felting in a long time and knowing how much she loves and appreciates the fiber arts I thought it was time to dust off the old felting mat and tackle my first 3D sculpture. I invited her over for an afternoon lunch, while trying to be subtle I asked her what her favorite animal is? She thought for a moment, with a smile she replied, "an Impala". immediately I tried to hide the internal panic/shock of all the creatures on this planet, an impala?!? you have got to be kidding me. How in the world was I going to pull that off! She then went on to explain how she fell in love with the way they gracefully move through the grasses and their energetic leaps and bounds are incredible to see. After our lunch, I was still a little puzzled on what I was going to do, my husband asked me so what's the project going to be? a dog? a cat? an owl? his face was about the same as my internal reaction, "a what?" "an Impala? that's kind of like a gazelle, right?" yes exactly....
I started by finding just the right photos to be my inspiration. I wanted to make sure that I was able to bring to life the movement that my friend loves so much about the impala. Below are three of the reference/inspiration photos I kept handy. (I do not own the live animal photos, I found them on Pinterest.
Once I had found some great inspiration I set off on making the armature skeleton and started in wrapping the wool and poking away. After many long hours, and several band aids later, I finally completed my very first 3D felting project! I struggled to get a good picture of it, so I took several. Overall, I'm happy with how it came out. This project was completed in 2017 and took about 14 hours to complete. The Important thing is the receiver loved it and enjoys seeing it in her home every day.
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