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Needle Felted Dragonair by tallydragon Needle Felted Dragonair by tallydragon
Dragons and wyverns and things with wings/legs/glass eyes all look nice, but they are a pain in the butt to make. Sometimes I just want to felt and relax without it being exhausting. When that happens, I make pokemon.

Dragonair is made entirely out of colored wools, except for a wire run down her middle that makes her gently posable. She also has an apoxie sculpt horn painted in acrylics and coated in matte gel (i.e. a varnish). She's approximately 16 inches long and is super fun to pose! I like the serpentine body type. Maybe I'll do more.

Needle felting, to summarize briefly, is a technique used to create what are essentially 'wool sculptures'. There's no sewing involved; instead, by punching the raw wool thousands of times with special barbed needles, you transform it into felt, and can control the shape of the felt.

Before you ask, yes, that's a corn snake in the fourth picture. His name is Jasper. He probably wants me to stop putting pokemon in his tank.

Materials: Wool, felting needles, wire, needle nose pliers, apoxie sculpt, acrylic, matte varnish.

Dragonair and all other pokemon are copyright to Gamefreak and Nintendo. I just make things out of wool. (Gotta catch 'em all, Pokemon!)
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gamerwhit Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice!
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BigFlowers1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Its gorgeous¡
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DerpyBunnies Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
-stares O.O (jaw drops then faints) awesome job, i tried making a felted pig once just 1 inch tall and wide and that took me 2 hours of stabbing the thing e.e you should try making a rayquaza one if your up to the challenge but supppperrrr cool x3333
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lilyflower332 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
perfect
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xoloveee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I'm planning to make a needle felted snake and it needs to be bent. Where did you get your wire?
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I got it at ACMoore, a craft store, though you can get similar stuff at other places--such as at a hardware store, or a florist (floral wire). I use either aluminum or steel depending on what I'm making. :)
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xoloveee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thanks :)
Could you also tell me how you made it? I cant find anythig on the internet. Im planning on needle felting a snake and yours looks the closest thing to one hehe sorry for bothering you so much!
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem! There's lots of tutorials on the internet on how to needle felt that can explain the basic technique better than I can, but if you already know that, then really the trick to making a snake is to get a wire, and wrap the wool TIGHTLY around the wire, then felt it down. Also, make sure there's a loop at each end of the wire and you felt some wool through the loop--if you just leave the wire as a sharp point, it'll eventually poke through the wool!
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xoloveee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Oh and please reply ASAP I'm on a time limit. Thanks:)
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Xx-ArtyAmy-xX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute! Must be fun posing it :>.
does the wool not frey or split apart when you pose it? And is there any sort of armature holding up the ears/fins?
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Not really, I felt very densely so by the time it's done, it's really, in essence, a solid piece of felt just like fabric felt--if you were rough with it or tried to over-contort it it may split, but regular posing is fine. And nope, the ears hold themselves up. :)
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww cute!
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httpdogs Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Are they for sale cause it's my birthday :3 i all ways wanted a dragonair stuffie!
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CherushiMetsumari Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you sell these by chance? Because I would love to buy one and have it wrapping around my desk or something. :]
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jessiebelle93 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
^_^ I love dragonair, it's so elegant looking, and you did a great job with it

oh and Jasper is pretty cute too :D
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ravennyxrayn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
nice one!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I like those poses.
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Kboomz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Omg...*drools* xDDD Is this even possible? xD I can't even find a flaw. :O
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Shadowtoungplz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Artist
i want one!
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ashwolf113 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WAIT, you should do Charizard!
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ashwolf113 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woot! Pokemon! THIS IS AWESOME!
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! My favourite is the one with him and Jasper. ^_^
Is he for sale? (The dragonair, not the snake. :P )
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The dragonair has already been sold, but I may do one again, it was pretty fun. :)
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME

Do you have an idea of when?
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011   Artisan Crafter
It'll depend on how the next couple of months go...at the moment I'm out of the country with no felting supplies! ^_^; Whenever I have a long stretch at home I start felting again.
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense. :nod:
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ObscurusVII Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats so cool!
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Claire-Leonhart Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've always loved Dragonair *_________*, nice job *_________*
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angelapple626 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
oooo this is beautiful! and you got everything just perfect it looks X3 i love it! :heart:
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Paleo-Orca Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one of these soooo badly.
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SomeCallMeWeird Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
The pic with the snake is cool. :)
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princetheripper33 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it´s absolutely awesomee ♥
love it soo much !
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SaruCharmed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could buy it! :0
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darkwoelfin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
this is sooo cute^^ i love this
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amanda6533 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
:O i want it!!
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SilmesDragonStable Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks amazing :D I love the picture with the snake :giggle:
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xBrittneyJane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh it's so delicate and adorable ;_;
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EveryonesWorstNight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
This is so cool! :wow: I wish I knew how to make one V.V I want one~ :meow:
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Goldchild Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favourites, very beautiful!:D
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Hypersugargirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
wow, I love it!
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sesshyrocksme Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
That is so cool, I wish I could do that. =3
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Sumiko7741 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's awesome! i love dragonair because she's a "gentle dragon" and i love dragon...i'm gonna watch you after i post this and im gonna finish looking through your gallery and fav alot of stuff...^u^...can you make a tutorial for this? i really want to make stuff like this and i love crafting...again, i reall like dragonair and this is adorable...^u^
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AngelesEvalion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Lol after reading the comment about him being perplexed, that's exactly what I thought. "Wtf you weren't here a minute ag--- oh, thanks.... for snapping the picture while I wasn't ready." Hah. Snakes amuse me. I've raised several, and my ball python, Cash, had Hannibal on his handcart in his tank for a while. Until he hugged him to oblivion. >.>

Anyway, to compliment the needle felting, this is amazing and I adore it. I admire crafts like this, because I do not have the patience to do so. This is an adorable creation. :)
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Foxwhisper Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would you get the wire in? Would you stab the wool around it, or push it in?
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I build wool up around the wire--it actually works very nicely for long cylindrical critters like this one, since I can just wrap wool very tightly around a wire, and then go at it with the needle until its solid.
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Foxwhisper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks!
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FlyingFrogCreations Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
love all your felted creatures, but the Dragonair just made me so happy! :love: this guy is one of my favoritest favorite pokemon ever!
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Infernalking Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
good one!!!! :headbang:
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BandGeekNinja0723 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh that's cool. Yay Pokemon! I love that it can bend. I just find it so fascinating. Felting sounds interesting, but I am a bit busy at the moment haha.
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NightengaleNeedles Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is AMAZING. Oh, wow, wow. :heart: :heart: And Jasper's cute, too~ :D
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