I came across Dizzy Daisy Felt on Facebook: someone had shared a picture of a Bichon Frise that Kirsty had made and the level of detail was just incredible, it was an amazing likeness of the actual dog.
I found myself scrolling through the photographs on her page, having to double-check which pictures were of real dogs and which were of the ones that she had made!
I'd seen needle-felted replica dogs before, but they always had cartoon-like appearances and I really liked how realistic and natural Dizzy Daisy Felt's ones looked.
There were quite a few examples of Shih Tzu type dogs, some with longer coats like Elsa's. I was so impressed at this point, so it was only a matter of time before we had Elsa immortalised in wool too!
Placing the order was quick and easy, Kirsty just needed a few photographs of Elsa from different angles. This may sound a little bit strange but we also sent her some of Elsa's fur too! The texture of her undercoat is similar to the needle-felting wool, and we thought that it might help with colour-matching. Apparently we are not the first people to ask Kirsty to use some actual fur when making the replica, which made me feel a little less weird for asking, and it also adds a personal touch.
The replicas take approx 4-6 weeks to make and are normally posted out for delivery but, since we were visiting the North East, we had the pleasure of meeting Kirsty and her lovely Shih Tzu, Barney at Doggie Diner in Sunderland to collect the mini-Elsa in person!
Barney is such a charmer, he and Elsa shared a bowl of water and then settled down to watch a raucous doggie birthday party that was also taking place from a safe distance together. It would be hard not to fall in love with Barney, he is such a handsome, lovely boy!
We are absolutely thrilled with Elsa's replica from Dizzy Daisy Felt. The colours are such a good match to her own fur and from certain angles it is really difficult to tell them apart! This is such a wonderful keepsake that we will cherish forever, we can't thank you enough Kirsty!
If you are interested in learning more about needle-felting, Kirsty also teaches workshops which are hosted at various craft shops/ community centres. You can view upcoming events via the Dizzy Daisy Felt Facebook Page.
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