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If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Needle Felted Hagrid

Needle Felted Hagrid mini
Good morning!
I love the Harry Potter books and movies, and I love plastic canvas and needle felting and dollhouse miniatures.  I decided to try to make Hagrid's Hut, or my version of it, in plastic canvas, but first, I wanted to try to needle felt myself a Hagrid doll.  I wanted him to be in or close to the 1:12 scale, where one inch equals one foot.  The typical male dolls in that scale are 6 inches tall, but Hagrid is half giant so he needed to be bigger.  I came up with this guy, and I had so much fun making him that I stayed up until 4 AM just to finish him.

Needle felted Hagrid maxi miniature
I made my version of Hagrid with an off white core wool batting, over a thin wire skeleton (what is the word doll people use for that, lol?) and then added details in color. His entire body is pose-able, and he can even stand up by himself on rough surfaces like wool or felt.  I made him at night by lamp light and didn't realize his face and hands were lighter than I thought I was making them until the next day, lol, but I'm still happy with him.  His clothes were made from colored wool batting.  I needle felted the pants and red shirt right on to him, but the vest is removable.

Needle felted Hagrid
Here he is, next to a dollhouse table that is a bit smaller than regular 1:12 inch style (it's from my pink plastic canvas dollhouse kitchen).  Doesn't he look like he wants to step through the computer screen and into his house?  Poor guy needs a home, lol.

Needle felted Hagrid
In the above photo, I played around with lighting so it would look like Harry or Hermione had cast the lumos spell  :-) .

Needle felted Hagrid
Here's Hagrid from the side.  His hair is a little longer than the real Hagrid's but I like it...it's so nice and soft.

Needle Felted Hagrid
 Here's Hagrid standing on my laptop, looking into the screen, wondering what mean witch or wizard cast him out of his home, lol.
Needle felted Hagrid with miniature doll in 1:12 scale
Here's Hagrid next to a Mommy doll in 1:12 scale.  I'm hoping he'll fit in Barbie scale furniture, but he may be too short.  I'm working on a plastic canvas chair in Barbie scale right now, and if that doesn't work, I'll have to create my own plastic canvas furniture patterns for him...either that or make a bigger Hagrid, lol.
Needle felted Hagrid with miniature dolls
Here he is with one of the child sized mini dolls.  I think his scale is good, considering he's half giant and the little doll girl is standing on a table to look at him, lol.  I guess I can always make his legs longer if I want him to be taller.

I find the older plastic canvas patterns don't really follow the modern scales.  The smaller dollhouses are in a variety of scales, but not quite as big as 1-12 scale, and the Barbie patterns also seem to vary.  I made a picnic table that the pattern says is for Barbie sized dolls, but it's way too small for 11 inch dolls, and better fits the 8 inch ones.  The chair I'm making now, also for Barbie sized dolls, seems huge in comparison.  I'll just have to finish it to see what size it will be.

Have a great day!

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