I am often contacted by visitors who would like to buy dolls they have seen in the picture galleries. But all of these dolls have been made as part of projects or have been pre-ordered a long time before they were made. Due to lack of time I only make a very limited number of dolls each year, but I have decided to make some of these dolls available on Feltmaking.com as “Doll of the month”.
This month I have made a woodpecker that is doll of the month. The last half year I have worked with wolves as theme for the exhibition that is now finished. I have now started working on my next exhibition, that has a theme with dogs and then there will also be a group of little singing birds on this next exhibition. While I worked with these birds I studied many other birds and as I had some very beautiful shiny black raw fleece that I got from Sweden, I could see that this wool would be perfect for a woodpecker, and I had to make that immediately, because as usual the wool inspires so much.
Here the wool had the exact length for this bird, so I could make a basic shape and then cover it – first with stables of wool on the back, ending with the pointed end of the stable shaping a perfect tail for the bird. Then on the sides I could use the stables for wings, also giving a shape that fitted and ended with a pointed shape.
Then I could start to work with the white and red color for the rest of the body. Here the most difficult part was the white spots on the wings, but they give such a good effect.
Now for the legs I use very thin wire and cover it with a very thin layer of wool, with the technique I also use for some of my human figures. It is very important to fasten these feet very good to the body because I want them to be able to hold the whole bird so it can be fastened on a tree trunk with a needle or a nail. Now I am making the beak.
Here I also use thin wire and I need to make one long beak and cover it with a thin layer of wool and then another shorter without wire in it. First I fasten the one with wire in it by putting the two wire-ends into the head, and then at last I needle the lower beak onto the upper.
The eyes are just a round shape with a tiny white spot in it and then a very thin rolled piece needled around the round shape. The woodpecker is 24 cm long.
The price is $ 150 (USD) and this includes shipping. Only the one dolls is available so if you click on the “Buy Now”-link and the dolls has already been sold you will get an error message.
Click below if you would like to buy the doll. You will be taken to the website of PayPal where you can pay by credit card (you don’t need a PayPal-account).
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