I have been crafting lately, but they have been rather time consuming projects... and I have been update lazy too. Anyways, this is a little project I made for an OTT bird swap. I started out with a little crocheted pattern I found on Ravelry.
The original pattern called for a little oval piece of felt sewn onto the belly. I decided to do better and took some unbleached roving wool and needle felted it to the belly of the piece. I tried to do a nice firm felting and shaping and quite like how it turned out. It adds some nice shaping and texture to the piece.
The original also just had the basic body shaping. I really felt it needed the flippers and the little tail, so I cut those from craft felt and sewed the flippers on. The tail hung too flat, so I made a slit at the base of it and folded it so it had a bit of a jaunty little lift. Both were sewn on with beading thread - it was what I had in reach.
I took a little bit of that wool roving and added them to either side of the head to make the whites of the eyes. After those were felted on firmly, and I was happy with the shaping, I took two size 8 matte black Toho beads and sewed them on for my penguin's eyes.
Finally, I took a little wood heart cut out and painted it orange. One side was super rough, so I actually glued a piece of orange washi paper on it, and varnished the entire piece. After it dried, I hot glued the piece to the bottom of the penguin. Unfortunately, my hand slipped when I did that, and there is a bit of mess along one edge, which I tried to fix, but by then, it was too late for me to start again.
Regardless, I am happy how he turned out, overall. He actually balances quite nicely on the little wood base. Jim is calling him Pingu and makes those silly Pingu noises when he sees him. He is not Pingu... he is one of Mr. Potter's penguins. Anyone else ever read that book? Loved it... hate that Jim Carrey turned it into a movie!