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Needlefelted appaloosa by Okarnillart Needlefelted appaloosa by Okarnillart
Just to prove I do occasionally do more serous things than play with dolls...

Here is the needle felted appy horse I made for Fran for Yule. She stands about seven inches high at the ears, breyer classic for those familiar with that brand. Her name is Leah.

She took a long while to make. The armature was good solid wire, with the needlefelting round the outside, hooves are made of milliput. All the markings are felted on apart from her hooves and her eyes.
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perniciouswulf Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this has a really great shape!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
thank you :)
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StrawberryGumiho Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thank you :)
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH I have a set of antique Breyers that used to be my dad's! I love them...sigh....
But, 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.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I should think so - I'm based in the UK but our hobby lobby equivalent is called 'hobbycraft' and they carry it. Best bet is go in and ask, say it's for needlefelting so you need wool tops rather than spun wool balls. Good luck! LMK if you get some. Yay for the breyers, everyone should have breyers :)
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ;D
I went to Hobby Lobby just today and got some, it's more expensive than I'd wish for and I forgot to get a coupon. But I've been wanting to try this out so long I got it anyway ;D
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Did they have the needles too?
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Yours is one up on ours then - I have to import the good ones
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ohmyhii Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I must ask, did you just felt the mane in or did you do something else?? This is amazing by the way!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Yup the mane is felted in, I have a history of hairing model horses so the technique was the same, take a hank of raw wool, brush it out so you have straight fibres, trim one end so it is straight (in models we'd then glue this) lay it against the neck and felt it in :)
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ohmyhii Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! 
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Tawneyhorses Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you :)
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dinkydivas Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is incredible! Amazing work :)
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christyrenee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is really beautiful. :) The appy pattern is very nice and the proportions of the horse are spot on! Fantastic!
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NoahsNovelties Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just love horses and I have to say, this one is exceptional. You did an awesome job! The best needle felted horse I have ever seen.
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Lupineleigh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful! I've never seen such a realistic felted horse before! I love the realistic roan look. The size of a Breyer classic? That's a lot of felting!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thank you :) I do regular sculpture and customising breyers so I'm kinda used to conformation. Yup she's classic size, sort of longer than they are tho. The roaning is just from mixing the brown and white wool and felting the result onto her, takes a while and I had lots of reference pics up on the computer at the time.
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
I love the slender legs, makes the horse more realistic.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Thank you :)
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patchpelt21 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
is she for sale
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sukuracherry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
omg, best ive ever seen, for sale, how much?
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
So sorry she's not for sale, she was a christmas present to my partner
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Koolcatgirl05 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
awesome!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Thank you
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deeohtee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This.is.awesome. No joke

I wanna make a felt pony!!
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CaraGibson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
She's stunning. I'm intending on having a go at needle felting at some point, and this has inspired me.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
aw I'm so glad! and thank you.

Best tip I can pass on is get the finest needles you can - I import mine from the U.S - and whenever you first think you've finished... you haven't - felt on!

Good luck and I'd love to see your felting when it's done.
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CaraGibson Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
What sort of wool do you use? My friend has sheep and usually ends up with a lot of fleeces. Would that work, or is there a particular type you use? *is a n00b*

These are the sorts of things I've done before. These are sewn though, not felted.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I am SOOOO sorry - took me ages to find this, I have just worked my way through something like 3000 messages and only just found it. your horses are CUTE!! Do you make them to sell?

The wool I use is merino, it's about the finest you can get, very soft and silky and packs down beautifully. I buy it from ebay.

You can use any kind of wool tho, the coarser fibres give a more coarse finish, but for some projects that works really well (native manes for instance)it just depends on what scale you're working. The coarse wool I used to start with was much better after a good wet felting session (rub it between two layers of clingfilm with soap and water) The merino I use when I want a smoother finer finish.

Hope helps and truly sorry again :(
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ElkStarRanchArtwork Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a stunning model. What would you charge to commission one like it?
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
um I have no idea, I'm better off with the barter system lolz
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ElkStarRanchArtwork Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I will note you! Thanks!
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charzar-g Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
thats incredible 0.0
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Thank you :)
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BeyondBling Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Absolutely beautiful!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
thank you
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kizzychan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Really wonderful, it seems alive! :wow:
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
aw thank you :)
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khan-lovr Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Beautiful! I love her coat pattern; she reminds me of a bay marble (varnish roan).
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Yup that was what I was aiming for - glad you picked that up. Thank you so much for commenting.
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khan-lovr Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
You're very welcome! It was my pleasure to compliment the artistic ability of a fellow horse lover.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
aw bless what a lovely reply.

Live without horses <shudders>
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khan-lovr Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Without horses, there is no life, only emptiness.
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
For sure :)
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zarhx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Gorgeous work!
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Thank you
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ComradeBitter Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Wow, this is FANTASTIC! Way to go. Really inspiring. : D
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