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Felted Finn by FamiliarOddlings Felted Finn by FamiliarOddlings
A commissioned pet cat named Finn. He is such a gorgeous cat in person (small photo in upper left: look at those eyes!!) which made it extremely intimidating working on the felted version. I am still somewhat dissatisfied, but after months of working on it and one failed version already cast on the recycle heap, I feel I must declare this my best at this point.

He is made with angora roving so he is extremely soft. The cat is in fact a Turkish Angora, so I thought it would be fitting (though the angora roving is from rabbits). This is the first time I've ever tried to make the whole body long-furred -- wow that is hard! Plus, the angora was so soft and slippery it required extra poking and at the same time felted whenever I touched it so I had to proceed in a very calculated manner, like furring the belly, then the legs one at a time carefully, then the tail, then the sides ... all the while making sure I didn't rest him on his furred parts! :faint:

Okay, enough complaining. It was great to have a challenge and really strive with all my heart and soul to master a new technique with new materials. :D And now here he is! What do you guys think of him?

Needle felted angora over pipe cleaner so he can be posed (I like the photo of him on his back all playful :aww: but he can sit up and stand too) with plastic eyes. The pink parts are regular wool and not nearly as soft. He is about 8.5 in. long including his tail when he's stretched on his back.

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Feltaccompli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi FamiliarOddlings, I love this cat, particularly on his back playing. What an amazing job!
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WarriorloverAJ Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
daw! kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!
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cocoabelly Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the most like real felt cat i have seen.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
He's so cute! :D Turkish angoras are wonderful cats, I've got one at home (though he is not white, he's a bicolour red and white) and they're very sweet kitties.
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Eterea86 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
BEAUTIFUL!!!
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:iconadella:
Adella Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
waaaayyyyy way way way cute!!!!
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karlathewolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ummm do you sell  it???????????????????????????
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karlathewolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wwow can i by this??????????????????????????????
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ReemAlHashmi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I featured this needle felted creation of yours on my blog post! :) I hope you don't mind, check it out here: reemalhashmi.com/monthly-finds…
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh thank you! What a lovely feature! :) I love all those needle felted creations too. :love:
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ashishkrart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
superb
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Pair-o-Sprites Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean to tell me that this isn't real??
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MonsturNao Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Artist
It looks like it huh? I thought this was a real animal at first too..They are good XD
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Pair-o-Sprites Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They really are.
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MonsturNao Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Artist
btw cute icon of your pony's style :D
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if raw wool is available at Hobbylobby or Michael's, or some other store? I really would like to avoid ordering online if possible.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure... I've never seen raw wool (undyed) at Michael's or places like that, but I've seen it in some small local yarn shops. I haven't been to Hobbylobby. Michael's stock changes from location to location, so it's possible it could be where I've never personally seen it.

Wish I could help more. Good luck!
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks so much!!
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sheenamontane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know how hard this must have been, and you did a great job!
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DameSilu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o Oh my Goth ! He is so realistic ! =D
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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
you have been featured here: [link] have a look and see if you find some new faves there and if you like please fave the journal too so everyone of those featured gets more exposure :)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Fabulous feature! :heart:
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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
its a pleasure dont forget to fave the journal
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demetyoubi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
so cute!!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Sovriin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Aww thats seriously adorable! Great work!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Wonderful work! - For a sec I thought it was real. LOL
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is wonderful - well done. :clap: I applaud those who have the patience for felting!
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chinchilla3232 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this kitten reminds me of my bff's kittens Mittens.............. i want 1 of these cute little things!
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chinchilla3232 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww! he's SOOO cute! i wish he was mine!
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Marythedark Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amo a los gatos x3
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flocon98 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I would never believe this is possible... which one is the real one and which is the felted one?
Just joking... it's fantastic, I'm taking my hat off for you.
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Celia94 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a REAL cat :O
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naomibug Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Same here!
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Awwww
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roseredautumn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Omg! my mom has a finn who looks exactly like him but for the eyes! weird...
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Leopardpool-07 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow! So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :squee: :dummy:
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:iconlibertades:
Libertades Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can not....Load...th...the...cutene.....cuteness....
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hotpinkdragon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
ADORABLE! :squee:
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icanhascheezeburger Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
His eyes... he looks like a long-haired version of my dead cat Cloud T_T
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WiccaChickie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
just like a real kitten
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kittyface27 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool. i wish i create something other than on pen or pecil and papaer and computer. i would fail, so great job! its awesome!
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SpazzinCat Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FLUFFEH! I love it!
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anubis-pumpkinqueen Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
This is awesome! It's so adorable! :love:
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Wow, you are insanely good at needlefelting! :iconiloveitplz:
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Roskvape Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's really cool. And you're right! That is a gorgeous cat!
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FreeWingsS Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Very nice is well done .... but, poor bunny!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the cat. :)

You should know that the rabbits are not harmed when the fiber is taken from them. Angora rabbits particularly need to be groomed and relieved of some of their fur because it is very thick, mats and felts easily, and when they clean it up themselves they can cause themselves digestive difficulties.
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Avaril Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great done! lovely pose
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