He is about 2.5 inches high and took less than an hour to make. The felt comes in balls, like huge cotton balls, that you can pull apart into smaller pieces. You make a shape, then use a sharp needle to furiously poke the ball until it holds it shape. It is basically tangling the material together until it stays. Then, you can layer on more shapes and colors and they will stick on from poking at it. It's really hard not to poke yourself. I'll have to experiment if it will still work using something dull, because I think the kids would have fun with it.
I started with the turquoise ball for the head, folding it under to make it heart-shaped. Then, I added the two green arched lumps for the eyebrows, yellow balls for the eyes with a tiny bit of black for the pupils, thin pieces for black eyebrows, and a thin black line for the mouth. Then, I made an oblong shape for the nose and folded the chin under and poked it to keep its shape. Thin wisps were used for the hair, long arms were added, and a brown lump for his body. For the feet, I added two looped pieces for each foot, then I poked lines into the feet so that it looked liked toes.
I can't wait to get more felt and to make something bigger and better. This Friday, I'll be teaching the children how to make coil clay pots, possibly sticking small beads in the clay or other mosaic - like materials. I'll be posting about it next Wednesday. Thanks for reading. Go out and make more art!