I cannot believe it's been a week since I posted the pictures of Max! I'm meant to be being super-productive - what is going on!?
I think it might just be that I've been doing a lot of days on the desk at the Art & Craft Centre - I've had two full weekends and Wednesdays as well. I swear I have only spent three of the seven days working on Orville - this bear...
Orville is my third attempt at needle-felting - what do you think? I wasn't keen at first: he has a very bald face. I was trying to get the eyelids right, and as far as I can tell, you can't have needle-felting and mohair fluff at the same time - the former flattens down the latter. So once I'd finished the eyelids - which took a long, long time - I suddenly realised that there was no fur left on his face, which came as quite a shock.
But I have warmed to him - I do think he looks quite realistic. Possible next time I would place the eyes in a bit (and down a bit), so the bald bit is smaller. And perhaps I would trim the actual fur, so there's more of a subtle graduation between the face and the head. It would also be interesting to have a go at forehead wrinkles - or a frown!
But I like Orville's shaggy brown fur and jug ears. I like his paw pads too. They became a casualty of the dark photos, but trust me - they're terrific!