Now the barn owl is sitting to one side, there is a hare in the making.  Using the same technique: alpaca fleece as a core, inside a recycled stocking; then shaping with courser crown needles and finally layering with blended merino that is being fine needled into place using a mix of 40 gauge spiral and 38 gauge triangular needles.  The finer technicalities of needles aside the biggest challenge so far has been the anatomy of the beast.  Where do the legs and ears lie when the hare is at rest.  The number of artists who pose the animal with back legs to the side, as if at rest is quite high.  Yet all the photographic research I have done shows no evidence of hares this way.  So through a combination of the internet, Durer’s picture and the book Hares of Derbyshire I have formed a rough sculpt.  It is not accurate but seems to sit well visually.

I have the back legs and haunches to add before concentrating on the fine detailing.

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  1. thegoodytin says:

    This is great! I don’t know about hares sticking their legs out to the side, but rabbits certainly do. I used to have one as a pet and in hot weather they stretch out like that to relax. How long did it take you to felt?

    1. About 30 hours in total so far, but have another 5 or so ahead to firm up the legs, Finish the surface and do the under belly

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