Making a Bunny with Needle Felted Face and Paws
Free LIVE Training with
Michele (Shelly) Freeman
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Live and Free*: June 17, 18 and 19!!
from 11:00am-2pm EST
8-11am PST, 9-12pm MST, 10-1pm CST
About the course
Come and learn the joy of needle felting as we create a faux fur bunny with felted paws and face. The instructor will demonstrate the making of the bunny and then how to needle felt the face and paws. Basic skills for creating the bunny will be shown such as sewing and assembling a jointed animal and needle sculpting the feet. Learn how to needle felt on to fabric to create three-dimensional forms and coloring the felt to add detail. These techniques will be combined to create a Bunny of your own!
Topics covered in class:
- Cutting fabric and sewing the body
- Tools used
- Jointing methods (cotter pin and safety)
- Needle Felting the feet using felting molds
- Painting clear glass eyes and how to create a loop on the back of a taxidermy eye
- Putting in eyes and felting the face and how the reverse needle works
- Assembling the bunny
- Coloring the bunny
About The Instructors
Michele (Shelly) Freeman
Michele is a Teddy Bear Artist working in Faux fur, Mohair and Alpaca using Wool Batt to sculpt the face and paws. Michele has been designing and making bears and animals professionally since 2012. She sells her work on Etsy: www.edenandfriends.etsy.com and live in shows across the United States. Needle felting her bear’s faces is a key differentiator that sets Michele apart from other more traditional Bear Artists.
Michele has won numerous international and national awards for her bears including: International Teddy Bear Artist Award (UK) , the TOBY Industry Choice and Publics Choice in 2017 (US) and more recently another TOBY Industry Choice award for 2018.
Michele studied Industrial Design and worked as an Industrial Engineer before launching a new career in professional bear making. “Bringing the creativity, design and necessary techniques altogether is critical in making a quality product.” Michele says. Each one of a kind hand crafted bear is finished from nose to paw tips using her own custom patterns. “A huge amount of time and effort goes into the creation of a high quality unique bear, so my OOAK bears are for collectors and not for children,” she says. She finds inspiration reading books, children’s stories and Classics and shooting the breeze with her daughter- Eden. “She is such a fun source of inspiration, and is the Eden of Eden and Friends. A bear cannot be offered for sale unless it has received her stamp of approval.” Michele’s work has also appeared in many publications including the Teddy Bear Times and Teddy Bear and Friends magazines. Michele was born in South Africa and currently resides in Texas, USA.