It’s been a while since I wrote about one of my makes. Today I’m sharing Blue the lurcher with you, a lovely dog I got to know better through photos and his human’s stories.
Blue is quite the large boy, and may I say a little goofy-looking? In the best sense of the word, this dog just seems to have a perpetual look of cute astonishment on his face, as if he’s yet to uncover why the two-legged, non-furry dogs he knows (that would be us people) manage to wee in a ceramic bowl and not be over-the-moon happy with a tennis ball.
Sharing his life with two humans and two cats, Blue thinks he’s a small puppy who doesn’t take up much space when hopping on the bed at night, and of course the felines have to join the fun . Having only had cats as companions so far, and knowing how much space they take up, I imagine his people are experts in awkward sleeping positions (and maybe Yoga upon waking up with a bad back!)
Now, let’s talk about the mini Blue, shall we?
This little guy was a turning point for me. With him, I decided to take on a new approach to my felting methods. The thing is, after you’ve gotten used to doing things a certain way, it’s only natural to use those techniques as default, and one has to wonder if there’s a better way to get the same result; with Blue, I decided to challenge this notion, and try and see if, by stepping back and thinking more about the process itself, I might come up with different, perhaps better ways to turn wool into a sculpture.
And did I. By forcing myself to be more present for the whole process, and questioning my usual methods, I actually found out I disliked the way I was attaching the eyes; before, I was using glass eyes with a back hoop, and now I prefer them with just a straight stem – this gives me more control over placement, without compromising on quality and durability.
I also tried a different way to attach the spots on his body. It’s not easy for me to explain in words, but I tried blending the spots with the rest of the colours in his body and the result was much more natural-looking. Before, I was attaching the spots and blending in two different steps, and besides taking more time, this new approach just looks better to my eyes.
It is said that the more one practices one’s art, the better one becomes at it – I think this should be changed to “the more one mindfully practices one’s art, the better one becomes at it.” I learned my lesson.
I was planning on having a photo here in the end of the original Blue and his mini, but apparently the gentle giant has decided Felt Buddies lookalikes are too scary for him! I’ll take it as a compliment.