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Needle-felted Goldfish by crocodiledreams Needle-felted Goldfish by crocodiledreams
Wool roving, glass beads, fabric, marker, November 2012. Body about 3" long, overall length about 6".

I've been trying to figure out ways to do fish fins for a few weeks. I didn't want to felt them, as I didn't want them to be opaque. Tulle was too transparent. Other sheer fabrics frayed too much on their own, and painting it made it too stiff and opaque. I finally got something to work, and although I'm still not completely satisfied it, I'm pleased enough to leave it alone. I have another idea I'll try another time, but that requires more materials!

He is suspended from a thread, which I edited out.

Edit 12-7-12: :O Well that was a nice surprise today! Thanks to *Gryffgirl and ^maytel for the DD!

Edit 6-21-13: Sold!
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The Suggester wrote: At first I thought that it was real when I saw the thumbnail. In the enlarged photo I was amazed by the realistic colors and details. Needle-felted Goldfish by =oneirosuchus ( Suggested by Gryffgirl and Featured by maytel )
Looks so life-like!
NocturnalItinerant Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really pretty-the fins against the texture of the fish are almost heavenly!
So, how did you do the fins? Could I invite you to join the forum in my signature? We'd be honoured to have someone as talented as you showing off your work and talking with us. I'm a total amateur with needle felting but I enjoy it.
LadyBrookeCelebwen May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, he's adorable! :D
crocodiledreams May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Thank you!
LadyBrookeCelebwen May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
chika365 Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if raw wool is available at Hobbylobby or Michael's, or some other store? I really would like to avoid ordering online if possible, and I've been wanting to try needle felting for quite some time now.
And do you know where I could get a felting needle?
crocodiledreams Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is limited availability at Michael's and Jo-Ann stores. They just sell little teeny packets, and I don't really like the texture of it much. I did the same thing, though, bought wool for the first experiment there. They also sell needles, but not in any variety; there are different shapes and gauges you get for different things, and I believe the ones they have are all the same thing. I did get a multi-needle tool there, though. You'll also need a foam pad or a brush (which they also sell, little ones).

Not sure if Hobby Lobby has it; there's not one anywhere convenient to me, so I've only ever been there a couple of times. Etsy is my main source for felting stuff.
chika365 Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks so much!!
SpyKidKat Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
Wow, simply amazing! It looks really real! :eyepopping:
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