Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Custom Needle Felted Dodo

This pretty little Needle Felted Dodo is a custom order for a lady on Etsy whose hubby is bonkers about Dodo's!

I started with a rough sketch of what I imagined a dodo would look like. I focused on the large butt, small wings, short legs and humongous beak! This photo mosaic shows the process from start to finish, including a sneaky peek at the sketch, the initial core of fiberfill and building up the layers:

As part of this custom order, I made a smaller dodo which is intended to be used as a keychain. However, when I made it in similar colours to the 'mummy' bird, it didn't look right. So I decided to make him looking like a baby birdie:

And finally, the two of them together. Awww...

Honestly I could have spent hours and hours posing the two of them and taken 100's of photos. There's a few more pics on my Flickr if you want to check them out.

If you like needle felted sculptures, then check out more works on Flickr under the following tags: NFEST (Etsy Needle Felters Street Team), FFFriends (Felting Forum Friends).

Thanks for looking. x Bernie x


suse the slow knitta said...

they are fantastic! well done you!

Kim Chatel said...

I love your dodos! How cute is that. It's amazing what people ask for! I am a long-time needle felter. I have a home movie on my site of my daughter making a simple felt sheep. Check it out at It's a great way for newbies to see this unique craft in action.

Carrie said...

Bernie, those are amazing! What a great craft you've got going there. I just love it. I'm going to show these to everyone in the house. Very cool!

Crochetoholic said...

just soooo cute, do you like to needle felt? Is it hard to do?

AR said...

Way cool! I think your dodos are adorable. Great job.