I finished another needle-felted doll last week! This makes the 27th doll that I have actually finished. The last one was Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit. Thorin was lonely for a real pal, so we decided to make Bilbo next. Elizabeth and I have decided to make the whole company of dwarves, but it didn't seem right to make all the dwarves without the Hobbit --- so, here is Bilbo!
Bilbo is dressed in his final travel costume as seen at the end of The Battle of the Five Armies. He is wearing his gold-colored Shire pants and olive-green vest (sporting the only gold button not lost in the goblin tunnels). He has a taupe-colored neck scarf with shiny "mithril" thread in it, grey fingerless gloves and a blue wool coat with tan and cream-colored wool trim. Elizabeth made his belt and backpack out of real leather --- all hand sewn! She even made working buckles for both the belt and backpack, and the backpack opens to hold a blue glass bottle (found at Laketown), a bag of coins (found in Erebor), his paper map and contract, and a leather red book. The red book is not finished yet, so pictures of Bilbo's souvenirs will come later!
Bilbo and Thorin are going to the State Fair at the end of this month, so photos of them on display will follow in a few weeks. In the meantime, here is a photo of the two happy friends standing together!