Due to the amount of web work and felting that I've been doing, you'll notice that I've totally NOT been blogging. ;) Well, here is the latest doll. He was just finished last night. This is another needle-felted Hercule Poirot, and he's the best one so far. I was in the middle of making a needle-felted Thorin, when someone contacted me about a special order doll (being this Poirot), so I put Thorin aside and started on this. What a difference! It was really fun, though, and certainly turned out well. This is the fourth needle-felted Poirot that I've made, now, and it's very fun to see the difference between them all! I made the first one for Mom for Christmas 2010, and then there was a pair made as custom orders in May 2013. I've gotten a beautiful dark grey roving, so I'd like to make one with that color suit eventually. Mom's really keen on Poirot, so maybe I'll make a dark one for her!
This Poirot stands 9" tall (including his hat) and is felted in a non-poseable standing position. He weighs 2-1/4 ounces and was felted with .40 and .42 gauge needles. He is made of Merino and Cotswold roving, and his non-fiber accessories include a wooden cane with metal handle, a quill and bristle fly-swatter and watch chain with fob. Here is a photo of all four Poirot dolls:
What is really fun is the fact that this new Poirot is actually to scale with the Captain Hastings doll that I had made about a year and a half ago! That being the case, I just couldn't resist taking a picture of them together (at left).
A very fun and exciting (to me!) fact about this doll is that it is the 25th needle-felted doll that I've finished. I started making dolls five years ago last month, so finishing 25 in that time seems like a fun milestone to reach. What's really fun is to look at the photos (or the dolls themselves) and see the progress with each different character and the differences. Felting is a FUN hobby!
Well, there isn't a lot more to report. I'll have to get around to posting an "everyday life" entry one of these days. I'm in the middle of a big web project, so that's taken a lot of time. Tons of snow and ice this year, and we haven't been able to get to church in four weeks. In fact, Mom and Elizabeth have only made it out and about two or three times to pick of groceries. Being in charge of the wood stove, I haven't been out at all. Not that I'm minding! Elizabeth's been busy engraving Hobbit Rune Stones . . . more later.