Here he is, next to my very tatty felting block and the tops I am using for his feathers.
Occasionally I am asked to teach the needlefelting part of the advanced course (at the Textile Workshop). My friend Helen teaches the course; she is the most amazing maker of all things felted, from hats to flowers, but she doesn't like needle felting. However I am not sure that I am the best teacher. I cannot seem to explain how I know what shaped of wool top I need and where to push the needles to start. So I teach by demonstration.
The wonderful Gretel Parker recently posted the evolution of one of her amazing creations. She has probably taught more about how to needlefelt in her photographs than I manage in a 2 hour lesson.
Anyway, back to Archimedes, he is actually more of a challenge than Alice and the Flamingo, and the surface detail is proving quite a challenge.
The colours are quite limited, and the patterning is fiddly.
It is also very hard to get the shapes right. He is worked from photographs of a stuffed owl (kept in the reserve lodge at one of our local nature reserves.) apparently a rescued owl who became a pet and was stuffed upon it's demise. The deadline for finishing is September so I have plenty of time to work on him.
I often work from my dining table, which gives me a view of the plum tree; yesterday we had a rather lovely visitor, often heard singing but less often seen. I will leave you with the view: