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Needle Felted Green Dragon by tallydragon Needle Felted Green Dragon by tallydragon
This is a very small needle felted dragon that I made for my mom, who wanted a dragon that could sit on the hand of a Super Dollfie. He also sits great on my fingers! More pictures of this guy to come as I take them.

Needle felting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a technique that uses special barbed needles to essentially create a 'wool sculpture'. It's the same way they make the felt you buy in stores, except that by only using one needle at a time and adding wool as you go, you can control the shape of the felt. I'm still a beginner, but I'm working at it!

He is made out of natural wools from the Iron Horse Farm, a local fiber farm, and the Flying Ewe, a fiber arts website. He has a wire understructure through most of his body that makes his wings, legs, and tail moderately poseable--the tail is extra long so that it can curl around the finger its sitting on. He's got glass eyes held in by glue and wires, and his horns are made out of wire covered in apoxie sculpt, topped with acrylic paint and matte varnish. The wing membranes are actually white store-bought felt, which I then added a thin layer of pale green wool to...I thought it would make it stronger that way.

The ungainly thing he is sitting upon is my knee. XD

Colored wools, glass eyes, wire, felt, apoxie sculpt, acrylic, varnish, and needle felting needles.
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Given 2007-06-24
Needle Felted Green Dragon by ~tallydragon Felting is sculpting with fiber, true "fiber art"! I've seen kit dogs and cats, but this is the first time I've seen something this amazing made with this art form! ( Featured by ohnojaylo )
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tindala Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
oh, i would like to buy them if i could, i wish i was this talented! so cute :D
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valentinnikolaevich Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Artist
Wow!So cute!Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Schneeleopard Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so hard for me as you say you're just a beginner at this one. I already felted 5 dragons and none of them looks so good as this one. But all of my dragons have non felted wings and now I'm trying for the first time to felt a dragon compledly when I saw this beauty little one
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CreationsbyFrost Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Dragons are super cute and well done, I love needle felting as well it is really therapeutic doing the repetitive stabbing motion of the needle, as long as you don't poke yourself. :)  Love love your felts! 
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korrawinx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute *_*
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TheBittyKittyKat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the detail is AMAZING
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chowchillagal Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful - I love it!
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Ramlabay Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Ohhhhhhh pretty cute!!! I love it
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Beadailys Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oohhh I love him <3
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WoozyPoodle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
He is gorgeous.
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littleshopofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Do you sell these?!?!?!?!?
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UrdHandicrafts Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
 This is pure magic! :happybounce: Heart 
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fireangel71301 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is adorable!! I want to learn how to do that!
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SpyerSecol Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This Dragon is awesome!
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zero--kiryu-kun Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be possible to comission a dragon like this that can sit on the shoulder? Body length roughly 20 cm and red? I'm willing to pay.
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Schmiddeee Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Love this... wish it were for sale!!!
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VWolfdog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
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sojala Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!! Lucky Mom!
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SKYBLUECLEAR Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
love these!
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takaa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had tried everything I was able to regain my independence using this I was able to fill a void in my life you are perfect for this
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Richie303 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had tried everything this came at perfect timing for me this filled a void in my life you would excell at this
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b1kkur1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Just look
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vietkatz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
no economic problems since i started it
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LadyOakenshield157 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Omg i love him I want one!!
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kanumbra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Writer
He is so cute ^-^
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Feather-Heart36 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Omg sooooo cute wat u call him?
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if you can get wool from Hobbylobby to be used for needle felting??
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sheenamontane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
As a needle felter, I have to say this is such a great piece! I teach classes and I love how you've thought outside the realm of just using wool, but also implementing elements like wire covered apoxy. I tend to be a purist and only use wool, but I really appreciate what you've done!
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's always great to speak with another felter. :) I really enjoy multimedia felting, but I actually need to remind myself now and then that I don't always *need* to use extras--the wool is enough. :) I suffer from a tendency to always want to make things more complicated. ^_^;;
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Well done! He looks awsome!
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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shoughad Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:salute: Featured here: [link]! :D
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Dragondragger Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Will you be selling these?
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Eventually I hope to, but I haven't had a chance to work on them in awhile. Once I manage to hammer down the technique and make them faster, I'll sell them. :)
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Dragondragger Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Ok thanks for the update! :)
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CrossingStar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
kjsrbaepvoiubewapjbjvqep It's adorable!!!!!
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
This piece really inspires me, so I featured it here
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely stunning. I love needle felting and dragons are one of my favorite things to make, so this is very inspiring! I love his pose, and the tip of his tail. Really great work.
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onicavampirah Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i would love to have something like this to use for a mobile for my 3month old son drake (his name means dragon so im trying to stick with dragons but its hard to find any realistic looking ones lol) would you consider selling any if so how much? i had never even heard of felting befor but after seeing your amazing dragons i cant wait to try this art form for myself. if i may ask wat size eyes did you use and were can you buy them? again id just like to say u did amazing work!!!!
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onicavampirah Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i would love to buy something like this to use in a mobile for my 3 month old son drake (his name means dragon so im trying to do dragons for his nursry but its hard to fund anything worth wile) would u ever consider selling some like him? if so how much? were did u buy the gass eyes and wat size did u use if you dont mind me asking ... im very intresded in trying this art form i had never heard of it befor seeing ur amazing dragons on here
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DragonLogic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is what inspired me to start needle felting. Thank you so much!
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Acaredia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, i love this little dragon! I have to create some textile projects for my diploma in art & design, would you say this is an easy area for someone that has never done any stitching or...well anything to do with textiles? or could you suggest some easy options? :) so far i got collage lol and thats it

Many thanks
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

I've never done any stitching either, needle felting is definitely a completely unrelated technique--it's hard for me to say whether or not it's *easy*. It's a really weird medium but once you get a "feel" for it I don't think it's difficult, though it IS very slow. I think it depends a lot on what kind of art comes naturally to you! Like, I'm terrible at patterns. But besides felting, I sculpt a lot, and for me felting is more like sculpting than anything else--just sculpting with a needle. Other techniques like wet felting might be faster for a big project, but I haven't used them so I can't say too much about them.
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Acaredia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for your reply, i will take what you have said on board :) many thanks
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PeachPodHandmade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Amazing work!
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JohannaMasonFashions Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
AWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS LITTLE GUY!!!!!
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