Closing Down Sale

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The Greedy Crocodile is closing down. After the 18th July 2014 it will no longer be possible to purchase a unique piece of fantastic artwork from The Greedy Crocodile.

 

Until the 27th June 2014 there is a sale on all made to order items. After that they will be unavailable.

Between 27th June and 18th July 2014, there will be a sale on all remaining stock.

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Welcome to the home of The Greedy Crocodile. Here you can find out more about needle felting, and the felted sculptures of Amy Wright.

You can navigate this site using the page tabs above, and in the sideboard to the right you can find links to other interesting sites. It is not possible to purchase sculptures or materials directly through this site, but you will find links to my Etsy and DaWanda sites on the Shops page, and you can also contact me directly.

german flagWilkommen bei das Gierige Krokodil. Hier kannst Du mehr über Nadelfilzen erfahren, und auch über die nadelgefilzte Skulpturen von Amy Wright.

Bitte nutzt die Tabs hier oben, oder an der Seite. Unter Laden findet man Links zu Etsy und DaWanda; Du kannst mich auch direkt kontaktieren

 

Das Gierige Krokodil entdeckt Dresden

Today the greedy crocodile decided to explore Dresden a little bit, while helping out on a photoshoot with some of his felted pals.

Croc and baby croc enjoying the sunshine in the Neustadt

The croc getting in the picture

First he went down to the banks of the Elbe to check out the view of Dresden and the Augustbrücke, a la Bellotto.

The croc admiring the view to the west

Next he wandered over the Augustusbrücke towards the Altstadt, stopping on the way to admire the view to the west, in the direction of Meissen. I love the light coming off the river here.

Don’t jump!

He leaned over the edge to look into the river…

Face on the Augustusbrücke

and noticed this face on the bridge – visible to boats going under the bridge, but not really to people on top.!

Mini Scott monument

He passed by this blackened gothic thingy (I’m sorry, I don’t know what it is! I will look next time I go past). It reminds me of a miniature Scott Monument.

We are in Germany after all!

Then he headed for some shade and some refreshment!

The Arctic Tern

I am very gradually (very, very gradually) working my way through the fauna of Shetland in needle felted form. I am officially addicted to Shetland ponies, almost completely because of Frances Taylor’s blog ShetlandPonyEverything (as I seem to remember saying before!). I will continue to make these fantastic little beasts – next up is a rolling Shetland pony, showing off a nice round tum.

 

But as well as stabbing wool I also enjoy spinning it. Having finally knitted this yarn into a beret, I wanted something to jazz it up.

Lupin and Haar, Shetland wool tops from Jamiesons, spun on my drop spindle. Suitable for 5mm needles, my perfect yarn for berets.

The name of the blue yarn is haar, which is a sea mist, and this colour is a lovely bright sky blue with trails of misty lights threading through it. So I thought, why not a bird pin? The Arctic Tern is a very distinctive and beautiful bird, suitable for making in miniature. Apparently it is called a Tirrick in the Shetland dialect (anyone care to correct me/elaborate?)I don’t have any of my own photos of Arctic Terns (I’ve never seen any here in Dresden, funnily enough), so you’ll have to google them. They are stunning! Their wings and tails are the most amazing shape, so elegant.

And here it is

It is the first bird I have made, and I am very pleased with the result (though as usual my photos are rubbish, for which I apologise). Although it is small it has come out very well – it’s very firm, and has quite a lot of detail, and plenty of shape. Unfortunately I don’t think it works very well as a hat embellishment. I have attached a brooch back, though I quite like the idea of it hovering over my desk.. I am at work experimenting with a clay base and wire.

I am also making a larger version… but it might take a while. I’m not even doing the feathers individually – only some of them, and I am BORED NOW!! I already had a huge amount of respect for Mel of FeltMeUpDesigns – how she gets the patience to do all these lovely little feathers I don’t know! It’s definitely worth the effort (please go to her Flickr page and take a look at her amazing owls). But the smaller bird was very satisfying to make, and more will be coming!

And, by the way, I recently found this fascinating website

http://www.shetlanddialect.org.uk/

well worth a browse! I myself will be rummaging rather than browsing.

 

 

 

New Wool!!! From ColouritGreen in Devon

Today the postman brought me a present – some wool from ColouritGreen in Devon.

Look at the green envelope!!

I love CiG’s wool* because:

-it is lovely wool – little bit coarse, little bit soft, lovely for needle felting, good for spinning – everything you could wish for in your wool;

– CiG dyes it fantastic colours – some are commercial dyes, and some are natural. My mediaevalist’s imagination will never ceast to be captured by the idea of woad, and the fact that there are still people living on Dartmoor growing and using their own woad – well, it’s just quite exciting;

– the wool comes from CiG’s own few Devon Closewool sheep on her smallholding, so it fulfils any kindness to animals issues you might think of (and their are some in wool production), and ticks all sustainability and environmental boxes;

for some reason these curls make me think Morgana… after all, everyone knows the Arthurian legends are based in the South West of England (no matter what the Scottish may claim…)

– CiG and her sheep live on Dartmoor, in Devon, very close to the place I myself come from. And although I have left England and would not choose to live on Dartmoor myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t value it greatly for its clean winds, beautiful landscapes, soft water, stone age villages, amazing plants, very old twisted trees, extreme weather conditions, interesting geology, myths, monsters, lovely ponies, the sea – the list is endless (in fact, if you haven’t been there, you should. Though you should also take a look at Exmoor, which is smaller but in many ways superior…).

Dartmoor: image from Wikipedia

CiG can be found on her own website (well worth a browse)

on Etsy

and on Folksy

And a while ago I wrote about ColouritGreen on this blog as part of a series about wool (a series which I haven’t finished… it’s having a ‘break’…!)

*CiG does have a real name, I believe – but I always think of her as CiG. That’s the power of good branding…