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Felt Alive Needle Felted Celebrity Dolls

l-r Donald Trump, Marilyn Monroe, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Conan O'Brien, Willie Nelson, Spock,

John Travolta, Janis Joplin, Will Ferrell  and Johnny Cash!

 

 

 

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High-Octane Fun

Starring Li'l Conan O'Brien & Li'l Donald Trump

Trump's comb-over is the real star of this show! (and Spike the dog)

Clips of this video have appeared on the Conan O'Brien Show. 

 

 

Visit my YouTube channel for more!

 


 

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PSY

Korean Pop Singer / YouTube Sensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dial 'M' for Man in the Moon

My (slightly greenish) tribute to Alfred Hitchcock ...in the moon.

 

 

 

 

"Good Evening"

 

 


 

 

The late, great Freddie Mercury

 

 

 

Li'l Freddie Mercury - the legendary front man for the Rock band, Queen.   His hair is made from Suri Alpaca - a little bit of serendipity led me to an alpaca farm in southern Oregon where I found this great fiber for his hair - in chatting with the owner of the farm, it turns out he went to college with Brian May - Queen's guitarist.  What a small, small world - I blogged about it HERE.

 

And Here is with his dear friend, Li'l Elton John

 

 

 


 

Li'l Whoopi

 

 

 

Li'l Whoopi

Such an amazing face to bring to life in wool

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Li'l Dylan

 

Needle Felted Bob Dylan Doll - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Needle Felted Bob Dylan Doll - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Needle Felted Bob Dylan Doll - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Needle Felted Bob Dylan Doll - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Li'l Bob Dylan #2

This is my second version of Dylan

 

 


 

 

 

Felt-Headed Stranger

 

 

Li'l Willie Nelson Needle Felted Wool Art Doll

 

 

Li'l Willie Nelson Needle Felted Wool Art Doll

 

Li'l Willie Nelson Needle Felted Wool Art Dolls

 

Li'l Willie Nelson #2

This is my second version of Willie

 


 

 

The POND

 

On the cover of a music CD!

(photos courtesy of One Little Indian Records)

 

Needle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool SculpturesNeedle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures  

 

Needle Felted Dolls Kathryn Williams and The Pond - by Kay Petal - Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Kathryn Williams and The Pond

Here is a talented and fun group of musicians with their mini Felt Alive dolls.

Check out their new CD HERE

 

 


 

Li'l Weird Al

 

 

Li'l Weird Al Needle Felted Wool Art Doll

 

 


 

 

Li'l Rabbit with John 'Rabbit' Bundrick

 

 

legendary keyboardist for The Who  photo courtesy of www.rabbitwho.com

As a longtime fan of The Who, this project was such a thrill for me - and would you believe that I didn't know Rab owned a red and black western shirt until I saw this photo?  Uncanny, is what I say!  When Rab's doll arrived early in the morning, he dug through his closet to find his matching red shirt to pose for a photo for me! (Can you see his pajamas under his shirt :)  Thanks for being such a great sport, Rab!!     

 

 


 

Lil Lyle Lovett

I'm a huge fan of this man's musical talent

 


 

Li'l Jay Leno

Needle Felted Doll

Needle Felted Jay Leno Doll by Kay Petal

 


 

U2 Bono

 

Needle Felted Bono Art Doll by Kay Petal

Li'l Bono from U2

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

Li'l Springsteen with Li'l Bono

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Li'l Donald Trump

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

Needle Felted Donald Trump Doll by Kay Petal

If you missed the video at the top of the page, you might want to watch it.  Trump's comb-over is hilarious on his 4-wheeling adventure with li'l Conan O'Brien. 

 

 


Li'l Ellen DeGeneres

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

Needle Felted Ellen DeGeneres Doll by Felt Artist Kay Petal

 


 

The Beatles

 

 The Beatles - Needle Felted Wool Art Dolls - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

The Beatles are some of my earliest caricature work.

 


 

Li'l Spock

 

Spock Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

"Felt Long & Prosper"

Needle felted celebrity art doll by Kay Petal

 


 

Li'l Travolta

 

 

Needle Felted Wool John Travolta Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

Feltin' Alive in Alaska  (He's pretty interested in the sheep.)

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 


 

Li'l Mr. T

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

I Pity the Wool!

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 


 

Li'l Jackie Chan

 

Jackie Chan needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

 

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 


 

Li'l Johnny Cash

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

Johnny Cash needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

 

 


 

 

 

Elvis Presley needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Elvis!

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 


 

 

 

 

Marilyn Monroe needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Marilyn Monroe

She turned out so tragic looking.

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 


 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Bob Dylan

He's one of my faves!!!

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 


 

 

Janice Joplin needle felted wool celebrity doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Janis Joplin

What can I say?  She's my li'l rock star for sure!

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Elton John needle felted wool celebrity doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Elton John

A great way to challenge myself; bring such a flamboyant character to life!

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Conan O'Brien needle felted wool celebrity doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Conan O'Brien

What fun it was to bring Conan's quirky look to life in needle felted wool!

Li'l Conan dreams of meeting Big Conan some day!

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

And check out Li'l Conan's epic adventure ice fishing here in Alaska!

 

The needle felted bear was made by me especially for this video.

My nephews, Nick and Ben Petal, made the stop-motion animation video.

Clips of this video have appeared on The Conan O'Brien Show!

 

 


 

 

Willie Nelson needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Willie Nelson

Needle Felted Wool Doll

I've been a fan of Willie for many years and it was a great thrill to bring him to life in wool!

 

 

 


 

 

Sarah Palin needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

 

Sarah Palin needle felted wool doll by needle felt artist Kay Petal

Li'l Sarah Palin

Needle Felted Wool Doll

I grew up with Sarah in Wasilla, Alaska.  She was my very first celebrity caricature doll - I made her during the election in 2008 and sold her on eBay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that's concludes my collection of celebrity dolls but stay tuned - there will be many more!

 

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Custom Needle Felted Caricature Dolls

 

 

Every so often I make custom look-alikes of friends and family

 

 

 

This is Saige and Li'l Saige!

 

Needle felted wool art doll caricature

 

Needle felted wool art doll caricature

 

 

 

Gabe & Carly

 

Needle Felted Wedding Couple

Gabe & Carly and their li'l wedding couple. 

 

 

 

 

Patti & John

 

Needle felted wool art doll caricature

 

 

 

The real Patti & John

 

 

Li'l John & Patti

 

 

 

 

And what fun they had opening their Felt Alive package on Christmas Eve

Patti's laugh is VERY contagious so make sure you aren't drinking coffee while you watch!

 

 

 

 

Jessica & Li'l Jessica

 

Needle Felted Doll by Kay Petal

Aren't they gorgeous?

 

Needle Felted Doll by Kay Petal

 

 

 


 

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The next group of needle felted dolls are purely from my imagination!  And if you want to learn how to make needle felted creations of your own, I offer several fun workshops of my designs.

 

 

Felt Alive Needle Felted Witch

 

 

She has some attitude for sure.   And like all of my dolls, she is fully jointed with a natural range of motion.  And she stands on her own without the use of wire armatures - all without sewing even one stitch! 

 

 

 

Needle Felted Santa

Needle Felted Wool Santa Dolls by Felt Alive Wool Sculptures

 

Needle Felted Wool Santa Doll Needle Felting Kit with video instructions

 

Learn to make unique needle felted Santa dolls of your very own with this 5 hour video workshop and deluxe kit that includes the same wool and supplies I use to make all of the creations you see on this page.  You will learn to needle felt the core body parts, fun techniques for needle felted joints, hands, feet,  over three hours on faces and I share options for clothing and hair for your Santa doll.  When you have completed your needle felted Santa doll, you will have learned a great set of skills that will help you needle felt anything you can imagine. 

Available at Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies -  www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

This little guy came to life while I was teaching a 3 day long doll workshop!

My student's tell me he looks like Clint Howard, Ron Howard's brother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Clementine

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Jim Timmie

Needle Felted Wool Doll Jim Timmie came to life while filming my needle felted dolls video workshop.  That's why he has one shoe on and one shoe off!  I had to demonstrate making both bare feet as well as feet with shoes. 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

Learn How to Needle Felt Dolls in this 10 hour video workshop with needle felting kit  Needle felted dolls are fun and easy!

 

Needle Felted Dolls Workshop with Deluxe Needle Felting Kit

 

Learn to make unique needle felted dolls of your very own with this 10 hour video workshop and deluxe kit that includes the same wool and supplies I use to make all of the creations you see on this page.  You will learn to needle felt the core body parts, fun techniques for needle felted joints, hands, feet,  over three hours on faces and I share options for clothing and hair for your doll.  When you have completed your doll, you will have all the skills and knowledge to needle felt anything you can imagine.   Many of my students have gone on to become professional needle felted doll artists and instructors. 

Available at Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Katie

Needle Felted Wool Doll  This is as close to a self portrait as I'll likely ever get.  I was a mushroom in a ballet when I was 5 years old. 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

George

Needle Felted Wool Doll

A first Felt Alive Doll with removable dentures!

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Evelyn

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

Daisy

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Hilda

Needle Felted Wool Doll

(Well, Hilda was not from my imagination totally, she was inspired by a pin-up caricature

by Duane Bryers.)

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Cyrus (with my Great-Niece, Chloe)

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Droits!

Needle Felted Wool Elfin Creatures.  AND the subject of my latest video workshop

 

Learn How to Needle Felt Droits in this 5 hour video workshop

 

 

Learn How to Needle Felt Droits in this 5 hour video workshop

 

Learn how fun and easy it is to make unique needle felted droits of your very own with this 5 hour video workshop!  You will learn how to needle felt and assemble flexible, jointed bodies without sewing a stitch.  Learn fun techniques for needle felted hands and feet.  Your Droits will be about 10" tall and will be able to stand on their own.

Available at Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies -  www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

 

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Doc Treeboat

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Mindy

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

I finally made a Felt Alive Dog

Rufus

Needle Felted Wool Dog

 

 

And One Dog Led to Felt Alive PUPS!

 

Learn how to needle felt dogs in this fun needle felting workshop

 

 

 

And yet another fun needle felting workshop!

 

 

Learn how to needle felt dogs.  Needle felting kit. Needle felted dog kit

 

Learn how fun and easy it is to make unique needle felted dogs of your very own with this 2 hour video workshop!  You will learn how to needle felt and assemble flexible, jointed bodies without sewing a stitch.  Needle felting puppy dog eyes is so fun - you will fall in love the minute your new best friend looks up at you with those adorable needle felted puppy dog eyes.  Your Pups will be about 10" from nose to tail and will be able to stand on their own.

Available at Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies -  www.needlefeltingsupplies.com

 

 

 

 

 

Crackers and His Bro', Alice

Needle Felted Wool Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Gladys

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Mac

Needle Felted Wool Doll

 

 

 

 

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

 

Igor

This is my needle felted tribute to the late, great Marty Feldman.

His Igor (Eye-Gor) character in the comedy Young Frankenstein is just classic!

Igor's Flickr Gallery

 

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Older Works

the following photos are of my earliest projects. 

 

Little Girl in Pink Jammies

Soft sculpted little girl - she is holing her little teddy bear. I made this little girl for a charity auction so her name is up to her new family.

Cupid

I set out to make a sweet little cupid and this rather silly looking character showed up instead. The song "Stupid Cupid" kept running through my mind as I created him.

Baby Brother

This little pair was donated to a charity auction.

Lena

This is another little cutie in her jammies

Moon Man

I made this for a felting challenge.

 

Little Girl

This is little Hazel. She sits about 6 inches tall. She is wearing a yellow dress. Clic the link to watch a video!

Santa

Santa is about 20 inches tall. He is enjoying some down time in his red long-johns and wool socks.

Elf

This is Chieder. Check out his video!

Young Love

This couple is young at heart. And yes, it's true Granpa's in his Superman Underoos! Make sure to watch their video!

Grandpa Vern

My niece named him after my late father. The resemblance is a bit uncanny!

Grandpa Vern's Woman

She doesn't have a name - my niece just calls her Grandma.

Cookie

The sexiest distance between two points is a curve!

Hailey

I made Hailey in a workshop. She was supposed to be sunbathing but really, she looks better flying.

Kleebus

I made Kleebus in a class with Birgitte Krag Hansen. He is quite a character. The class was Funny Theatre Figures.

 

A. Einstein

Here is a needle felted over wire armature caricature of Albert Einstein.

Skye

This is Skye - A very early work. She is over a wire armature. Her handbag is needle felted as well.

Mush

This is my little tribute to my home town's sled dog racing heritage. I even needle some of my husky mutts' fur into the little dogs.

Nuno Felt Scarves

Wool felted onto silk

These are my first attempts but I think there can be no doubt where I got my inspiration.  Photos taken in my front yard. 

 

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