By LaVonne Stucky
Felting needle (# 36 is my favorite)
Small, sharp scissors.
Roving in the following colors:
White core wool*
2 black seed beads or wire eye beads
It also helps to have a picture of a cute Corgi in front of you as you’re working. This will help with proper perspective and placement of parts. If you’re not lucky enough to have one, many of Tasha’s books contain them or you could do an internet search.
*Core wool is wool from a particular breed of sheep that I like to use for the inside for my projects because it is spongier than my wool.
To begin: Tear off a piece of core wool the length you want your corgi to be and roll this up like a jelly roll. Start poking all around the roll, shaping and poking the ends. The more you poke, the firmer it will become. You can always add another layer if it’s not chubby enough for you. If you feel it’s just too long, you can always cut it down with scissors.
Take another small piece of core wool and wrap it around your finger to form a bit of a point. This is for the head and nose. Remove from finger and start poking, forming a nice nose. Leave the opposite end unfelted in order to add it to the body. When you feel you have sufficiently poked the head and nose into shape, add it to the body, poking and forming as you go.
Legs:. Remember, Corgi legs are little short nubbins! You don’t need much, but leave a “tail” on these as well for attaching.
Go ahead a place the legs and poke into place when you have them complete. By now this will look like some alien being and nothing like a Corgi. Don’t worry; it will begin to take shape.
Color: Now is when you will begin to take small tufts of the “orange” Corgi color and start layering it over the body and belly. Pay close attention to the face and the placement of the orange. You can use long, thin pieces to accomplish the lines around the face and along the bottom of the body where the legs are. Add this color to the under belly too.
A few things to remember: The more you poke, the denser it becomes. You can gain a lot of contour and shaping by poking more to achieve the look you want. Your project can be added to or subtracted from. Cut it off if you don’t like it. Add to it if it needs more shape.
Ears: Form a triangle with the orange wool, leaving tufts on the long end to attach to the head. Poke ears in place and blend in the remaining wool. Add little tufts of white and black inside the ears.
Eyes: Roll little balls of black wool and poke into place for eyes. You can add seed beads with a needle and thread or glass eyes on a wire with a spot of glue. This is typically the last thing I do on the Corgi.
Nose and smile: Do the same for the nose as you did for the eyes, only slightly larger and leaving it a bit open so you can make the shape of a little heart. Extend the end down into a smile. Corgis do smile, you know!
Beard or bib: I like to take a small tuft of white wool and create a bit of a beard or bib. This also allows me to soften the lines between white and “orange”. Do this to the belly as well.
Tail: Make a small nubbin of orange, leaving the end loose to attach.
All that’s left to do is to take a small pair of sharp scissors and trim off any unwanted “hairs”.
He’s certain to become the favored companion of your favorite doll.
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LaVonne lives on 40 acres in the heart of the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, MT with an assortment of farm animals. The land has been in her husband’s family since the homesteading days. Her shepherding began over 20 years ago with just 2 ewe lambs who were born on her birthday. They produce lovely Shetland/Romney yarn, roving and of course, raw fleece. Her clientele is made up of mostly hand-spinners as well as knitters from all over the world. LaVonne’s love lies in needlefelting, of which her wool is perfect for. Please visit her website for more info.