Maker’s Monday: Anglerfish

We’re going to be polite and pretend it’s Monday. I’m getting over a brutal cold-thing and today is already miles better than yesterday, which was yards better than Sunday. So now I am on the bus, headed to work, and doing my due diligence by you, dear readers. Because Sunday night, when I ought to have been sleeping, I needle felted an anglerfish.

Woolbuddy Anglerfish needle felting kit!

Woolbuddy Anglerfish needle felting kit!

I settled into bed with the Woolbuddy kit and a lap-sized chunk of foam and cracked open my kit.

Kit innards

Kit innards

And then I got stabby. This was only my second 100% needle felting project; I’ve used it for adding embellishments to Christmas ornaments and a little wallet I made but other than this guy, I’ve only ever made the owl from the Woolbuddies book.

Side view

Side view

Tip #1 for these kits: Read the directions all the way through before starting. They tell you to use the white for the body but unless you’re thinking about it right then, you’re not going to have any left for the eyes or the teeth.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. Before adding the teeth, I felted a strip of black to the background for the tooth shadow, as directed. After teeth, the black didn’t show as much as it did in the picture or as much as I wanted it to so I took very little strips of black roving and lay them between the teeth, felting them into the gap. The result was exactly what I wanted.

I name you Tesla because obviously.

I name you Tesla because obviously.

This guy was a medium difficulty level, and I agree. It was hard for me, with my lack of experience, to get his appendages to look the way I wanted them to because they’re so small and thin. Someone who knows what they’re doing should have little trouble with the Anglerfish, though. Maybe I’ll do the Narwhal next. I hear he’s easy.

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