Thursday, February 28, 2008

Meet Epley

Meet my new best friend Epley! He is the first of what I plan to be a crowd of crows. Epley is hand made, needle felted using merino wool. I formed his body by building up layers of wool on a wool base. I had to figure out how to make his parts as I went along & am quite happy with the results. There are a couple of things I will do differently on the next in the series. I will be selling Epley look alikes I hope ! Today, I am having issues uploading photos to Blogger. I paid for additional storage space on the 26th but for some reason Blogger is still telling me I am "overdrawn" on storage space. I sent a message to Google - but we'll see what they say. Finding a "real" contact was not easy !

I would love to hear your comments though so please, if you have the time, have a look at Epleys full page on my web site. Click on the link & then click on the page entitled "Epley The Felted Crow". Don't forget that you can click on one of the photos to get a larger view! When I took Epley outside to photograph him today I was shocked to find that he drew a crowd of about 30 of his brethren. The 'caw-l' went out & crows came in from all over town to see who the intruder was! I though that perhaps that it been a fluke - so I tried it later in the afternoon - and lo and behold it happened again ! I am anxious to begin his nest mate - hummm I wonder if crows have mates?! Anyway, please have a look and let me know what you think !

10 comments:

Vicki W said...

Epley is very busy! My husband would tell you that crows are my favorite birds. I like to put stale bread out and watch them come in to eat. Crows are so smart! I can't wait to see the rest of your flock!

verobirdie said...

Epley is quite amazing, I thought he was a real one. I think crows are beautiful, but most of my friends disagree. They do not like the quilt bu laura/linda kemshall with crows on it, although they are just gorgeous...
And between the glass buttonshop and the yarn shop, you are a very lucky lady. Already waiting for the final buttons. And I can't resist a yarn shop, although they become rarer here.
Enjoy yourself!

sandra wyman said...

I can see why he drew a crowd - he is very handsome! How have the cats reacted?

Stephanie Pettengell said...

I really thought it WAS real. it's brilliant, I can't beleive you fooled me, what fantastic feet. It must have been spectacular to see the birds fooled as well.

Sue B said...

my gosh Marie when it first came up on the screen I thought it was a real crow until I read your post!

StegArt said...

Well not being a fan of crows/black birds myself...I find that Epley is actually kind of cute. He is very lifelike and I can see why he attracted outside attention.

Laura said...

Marie - you are AMAZING! So cool that other crows responded to him like that!

jenclair said...

I thought he was real! Epley in the tree looks just like a real crow, especially with the glint in his eye.

Great job, Marie; how much fun to see him attract his cohorts!

NeedleFeltingFans.com said...

Epley is gorgeous!!! Terrific Job! Very Realistic looking!

Marie, I would like to Welcome you to submit Epley's pictures and join us at the Felting and Needle Felting Forum. www.feltingforum.com

If you have any questions Please feel free to email me.

You did Outstanding on capturing the realism of crows with Epley. Good Luck on your series. I know it will be Wonderful!!!

lois said...

A grouping of crows is called a "murder of crows". I tried to find the origin of this some years ago but was not really successful. Your crow is very lifelike...I thought that was a real one on the branch at first before I read the post. How fun!
Lois

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