Wednesday, July 11, 2012

horsing around


My monstrously huge, floppy hobby horse head felted up fabulously! It took nearly six wash cycles (felting is the one and only time I will curse having a high-efficiency top loading machine!), even with a pair of jeans included for extra agitation.


Pre-felting measurements:
Top of forehead to end-of-nose = 14 inches
Top of forehead to beginning of neck = 11 inches

Post-felting measurements:
Top of forehead to end-of-nose = 8 inches
Top of forehead to beginning of neck = 6 inches




It didn't really look like a horse head until I added the mane and forelock. Could have gone a little longer with the mane pieces, but I figure they'll better stay out of the way of some tiny hands and fingers this way.


I used more of Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Wool" for the mane and forelock. This time I used one of their self-striping colorways, "Pastels" (the main color is "Thistle"). I  love how using the self-striping yarn gives me a multi-colored look, without the effort! Not much yardage was needed for the mane and forelock (the pattern estimates about 50 yards). I have about 1/4 remaining in each of the two skeins I used for the actual horse head.


Don't forget to check out the other WIPs at TamisAmis and YarnAlong!

10 comments:

  1. The horse felted lovely. Those ears are just adorable!!! Can't wait to see it finished (on friday, perhaps?).

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  2. It looks fabulous! I saw the pre-felted photos and just couldn't picture how it would turn out! The mane looks great in those colours too :)

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  3. Ah that is lovely! The mane changed the horse completely - very cute :-)

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  4. Amazing felting! Looks perfect, especially with the added mane and forelock.

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  5. I love it. Your felting looks really awesome, and neat.

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  6. That looks awesome! I love the variety of colors in the mane. What are you going to do for the eyes?

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    1. I thought about needlefelting, but chose against it after my experience with the felted Kuku doll ... so buttons it is!

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  7. He is looking so adorable and well worth the effort! I cannot wait to see him finished!

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  8. You felted a hobby horse?? Mind blown. It looks amazing - I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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