This needle felted grey bear is one-of-a-kind and was handmade using alpaca wool fiber. I call him Beethoven but you may name him whatever you'd like. He is very sophisticated, with grey necktie and pink boutonniere, as if he's headed to some formal occasion, perhaps the symphony! He has dark eyes, a sweet smile, and a bit of a double chin. He measures about 6" to the tip of his handsome bear ears. He would make a very unique gift for a bear loving friend, or a gift that says "I love you" for a special friend.
Needle felting is the process of repeatedly pushing a barbed needle into a tuft of fiber, agitating, compressing, and locking the fiber together into a more dense mass of fiber. This bear began with a nylon knee high stuffed with alpaca fiber, then wrapped with alpaca wool roving. Different techniques are used for adding arms, legs, ears, tail, and facial features. The entire process involves many hours and lots of poking with a felting needle to shape and create the finished piece, kind of like sculpting, but with fiber rather than clay. Each felted piece is a labor of love.
Though soft and wonderful to touch, please keep in mind this is an artist handmade collectible item, not intended for rough play.