A couple of years ago, my best pal Tomás came down to visit for a wee holiday, and while he was here, after we'd all gone to the museum and boot sale and talked horse for hours, he brought out a big bag of wool and some very sharp stabby needles and explained that he'd started needle felting as a hobby. During the course of the week he made two, a very squishy Suffolk and a slightly less so roan, and very kindly gifted the Suffolk to me before he left! She's a little wonky but utterly adorable. <3 I also had a go at a cat, which didn't exactly end well. XD
In the following years, his skills have grown immeasurably, to the stage that he's now making them to order, and after winning a money off voucher in a photo show's raffle recently, I knew I couldn't put off ordering one any longer!
As anyone who knows me will attest, I love me some floofy ponies, so you might have assumed I'd have chosen a cob or a really fluffy pony for my first order, and normally you'd be right. It took me a ridiculously long time to decide on a design - I swithered between Highland, Cob and Clydesdale for weeks until I finally settled on a Clyde.
After selecting a few reference pictures and chatting at length about what other details I wanted (dapples, a greyish mane and tail and hoof stripes) he got started, and within what felt like only a couple of days, my new horse was ready to come home! He was exceedingly patient with me when I asked for a couple of changes here and there (I'm sorry, the droopy lip was ADORABLE but I just wasn't feeling it 🙈) and every update photo had me even more excited to see the final creation.
Thanks to that wire armature she can be put into a lot of different poses and she's utterly captivating from every single angle. I really want to make her some tack, or at the very least a rope halter for showing!