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Ordering Tips for Custom Projects

NOW is the time to order your custom projects to be finished just in time for the holidays! I’m taking a limited amount of custom orders this season, but I want to be able to help you give the gift of a lifetime.

Needle felted Miniature Horse
Example of a custom needle felted portrait of a beloved Miniature Horse named Pearl.

If you’re interested in ordering a custom work, please keep all of this in mind:

  • At least 2 or 3 clean, bright photos of the subject, in the angle you want. You can email these to me, or send through regular mail. I will be taking these photos and recreating them on the wool, so make sure it’s the pose you want.
  • At least 2 different color options for background. Some costumers don’t seem to mind what color wool background I use, but some do, so, if you do, make sure you tell me exactly what colors you’re looking for or what colors will not work at all. I can send you what I have available, or I might have to make special shopping trips to get that right color.
  • What size? If you have a particular size of artwork in mind, please tell me from the beginning. Again, it might depend on the availability of the wool I have in stock.
  • Frame or no frame? If you’d like your piece to be framed artwork, please let me know. Also, if you want it framed, you may or may not have the option of leaving the glass in or keeping it raw without glass. Please inform me from the beginning.
  • Pillow? Great! If you’d rather have your piece be a pillow, please tell me from the beginning.

We’ll do our best to discuss every option available when we have our phone consultation, but these questions will help you be better prepared.

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Favorite Pets: Custom Works of Late

Lately, I’ve gotten a few custom orders honoring favorite pets. I love doing these projects, especially when they are given as gifts, because I feel like I’m helping to honor their memory and their love.

The first is a happy Airedale. As you can see, I worked off of a photo that the owner sent me. I always ask clients to send me photos of what they’d like me to mimic. While the photo was a little different than I’m use to, I liked how the greenery jumped off the purple (also her choice).

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The next is a sweet kitten that will be framed and given as a gift. For some reason, cats are a little more difficult for me, but this one turned out pretty well.

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Finally, another gift for Mother’s Day. I was able to be a little more creative with this one, working off a photo of a horse walking (which proves difficult, but not impossible). I’m still doing the finishing touches to this, but the gift giver is quite excited to present this soon.

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Featured Wall Art: War Pony

This week’s featured wall art is so captivating, I absolutely love him.

War Pony

War Pony Needle Felted Wall Art

 

The proud Appaloosa War Pony stands defiantly in the sun, looking over the hilltop. He is a hand needle-felted pony with natural fibers, standing out on the tan, red and cream plaid wool backing. Framed with a natural, repurposed wooden frame with no glass. It’s gallery hung and ready for your walls.

11″ x 14″

Purchase on Etsy.

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Custom Work

The idea of doing custom work didn’t really come to me until a few years into my craft. I enjoy doing images of dogs (all different breeds) and have done different settings for framed wall art and bags. But it wasn’t until I heard many potential customers comment: “I love this, but if only it was my dog…”

I practiced with my daughters’ dogs–a Bloodhound, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Spinoni Italiano. Then, when I’d hear someone comment about wishing they had one for their dog, I assured them I could do just that.

Doing custom work is a lot of fun–I allow you to choose the type of piece (pillow, wall art [framed or unframed], purse or other), you choose the color of wool for the background and then you let me know how you want the image–full body or portrait style.

The only thing I ask of you is that you send me a few clear, high-resolution images you’d like me to work with. I like to be able to see different angles of the head and face, and body if you want a full-body image. If you have an exact photo you want me to work off of, that’s even better–just make sure it’s easy for me to see the subject’s face.

I will send you photo updates to show you how the process is going, in case there are a few things you want adjusted.

The timeline for custom pieces varies from style to details. I ask for an initial down payment before I begin, with the rest of the payment due upon completion.

Custom pieces are the perfect gift for birthdays and holidays! So if you’re looking for a Christmas present, I suggest getting an early start so we have time to make changes.

Sound like something you’d love to have hanging on your wall? Contact me at the information below or send me a message on my Facebook page! I’d love to work with you!

Smoke
A custom piece I actually did for myself recently, because I just love my boy, Smokey Joe!

 

Poco
This was a custom piece I did for an old family friend who was boarding her old buckskin Quarter Horse on our farm. Poco passed away and a month later I presented this to her owner. We loved Poco almost as much as she did.