Back in July 2019 (can we even fathom how long ago that was??) I took a vote from my patrons over at my Patreon page. It was decreed I’d needle felt a bowhead whale — AND a peacock spider. I made the bowhead a while back, but this guy has been languishing in my studio far too long. I am profoundly proud to finally announce his completion!
Peacock spider males are famous for their incredibly colorful abdomens, which some can unfurl like a banner for their mating dances.
He is a Maratus elephans specimen. Yes, the name is referencing the elephant-looking design on his flashy abdomen. The blue is sort of shaped like an elephant face with a trunk down the middle with ears off to the sides.
Real peacock spiders are tiny – some species are as small as 2.5 mm! My sculpture is about 135 mm long, or 5.5 inches.
He is needle felted wool over a thin wire armature. All his joints are easily articulated and even his display flaps can be folded down. His eyes are plastic hot glued in place.
The legs took hours and hours. There are so many, many, many legs.
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I participated in @keshrt’s 100 Days of Sketching Challenge in 2019. All my drawings for the challenge can be found on my Instagram @familiaroddlings but I want you to be able to see them here on my website.
I also used a ballpoint pen to participate in Inktober 2019 and @theofficialsadghostclub‘s Thinktober, which is dedicated to raising positive mental health awareness.
I drew a crayon portrait of my twin sister’s oldest child, Kaleb, for Christmas. This spirited little one is such a fantastic bundle of energy, it’s these rare quiet moments that catch me by surprise and squeeze my heart even tighter. I adore this guy.
For Christmas this year, I made crayon portraits of my two nephews on my husband’s side of the family. These adorable little guys are the sparkle in the family! Paul is three years old and Andrew will be two in February.
I’m so happy to have them in my life. And on December 26th we welcomed a brand new little nephew into the family! I’m looking forward to drawing another portrait for baby Tyler.
The spotted snonkey, a needle felted oddling made from wool over pipe cleaners with a painted escargot shell, is a mature yet playful companion. The delicate brown spots and freckles indicate an age of confidence, like a perfectly ripening banana.
“Secret Forests” is a landscape series in which I explore the glimmers of hope in despair. Inspired by the growth that occurs after the devastation of forest fires and the birth of stars out of nebulae, I tried to convey the magic of new beginnings.
These are coloring pages I made for teaching a Bahá’í Sunday school class for ages infant to four year old. I loved teaching the class and watching the little ones color these drawings with such creativity!
Please download the drawings and use them however you would like. Eventually I will upload larger resolution files for all of them for nicer printing. I would love to see the colored results!