Needle Felted Nursery Rhymes-Humpty Dumpty

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Needle Felted Humpty Dumpty

I’ve been wanting to needle felt Humpty Dumpty for a long time; I saw the kid’s movie Puss in Boots the other day and all the cute fairy tale characters in the movie inspired me to finally make him. I didn’t have a detailed image of Humpty in my mind before I started him, I just knew that he should look like he just stepped out of the pages of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes.

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Humpty lives life on the edge.

I also imagined that my Humpty would be living his life to the fullest, taking chances and not always taking the “safe road”. I wanted Humpty to balance on the wall he’s so famously known to be sitting on. How did he just fall off a wall while sitting there;  he doesn’t really look athletic to me, but really! So my Humpty is walking along his wall, dancing, moving and balancing.

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Humpty Dumpty is fearless

 

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Humpty Dumpty detail

Of course the face is my favorite part of the doll, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of my next projects should be needle felting a “portrait” or bust of a real person to see how close I can come to achieving a likeness. Portraits were one of my favorite things to draw and paint; I haven’t done one in quite a long time.

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Humpty on stage

My kids think my Humpty Dumpty is “creepy”, but then they think all dolls that don’t look young and storybook beautiful are ugly. I asked them to imagine who this guy is, what does he do for a living and why is is cavorting on a stone wall! I think Humpty looks kind and is probably an eccentric. What do you think?

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Humpty Dumpty 2012

Humpty Dumpty is needle felted from wool. He has glass eyes. He stands 11″ tall x 4.5″ wide.

Needle felted fruit vessels-Utility vs. Chachka*

needle felted pear vessel

I like to make things that have a purpose, that I can use in some way rather than just look at them. I used to have a shelf in my bedroom when I was a kid, it was full of nick-nacks that I had collected. I used to collect things that had to do with ducks and antique doo-dads, etc. etc.; I used to like to just look at the things on my little shelf. Now days, these doo-dads that I used to like to collect seem to be more dust collectors than anything else, so now if I have pretty things sitting around, I like for them to have a purpose. Not to mention the fact that in Israel, we have very limited space to put chachkas! So when I start thinking about things to felt, I try to imagine different items (that maybe I already have), in felted form. A needle felted vessel, like a bowl probably has a very limited functionality in it’s traditional use as a holder for food, but I put change, keys or wrapped candies in mine.

Functional needle felted vessel

I like to make my fruit and vegatable vessels by hollowing out a sphere, then continuing to build the shape on the top and bottom halves. I prefer the very simple shapes and colors of these vessels; I like the finished pieces to be graphic in appearance.

*Chachka-A Yiddish word for an inexpensive, showy trinket, whatnot, doodad, collectable, objet d’art, kicknack, bric-a-brac.