02. 12. 2007
Fleece Dogs from Japan
Who doesn’t like dogs? I was reading this month’s issue of BARK, and came across Claudia Kawczynska’s cute article on Fleece Dogs. Nobuko Nagakubo is a Japanese florist who, armed with only a felting needle and a pin cushion, creates handheld replicas of her favorite canine friends. Her felting system uses a mixture of raw wool, and the leftover hair from a dog’s daily brushing. The neat needle is used to condense the fibers into a slightly squishy fuzzy ball, and legs, heads, and tails are slowly built by adding more fibers and slowly drawing them out one layer at a time.
Nobuko teaches classes in Japan on how to make these furry little friends, and her twenty breed how-to book was translated to English last year. Single breed kits are available in her webstore for about $20 USD, and the packets include all the materials needed to get started as well as detailed instructions.