My daughters and I love the movie My Neighbor Totoro. If you haven't seen it, I recommend watching it and other movies by Studio Ghibli.
I decided that I needed a Totoro sculpture. At the time I started this project, my medium of choice was wool fiber. Since Totoro is gray and white, I could use naturally colored fibers to make it even easier.
This is the process of how I made my Totoro.
|Undyed Targhee combed top|
The only tools I use to make these sculptures are a wicked looking needle and a block of foam to hopefully save my fingers from too much poking. Sometimes I'll use a bit of wire for armature, but Totoro won't need it. The needle is 3 inches long and has 9 little barbs on it that catch the fibers and push them into the sculpture, felting it.
|A basic Totoro shape|
|Making the gray parts gray|
|Now with arms. One is ready to hold an umbrella|
|A tail helps him stand|
|The beginning of a mouth|
|Tooth definition and eyes|
|Mostly finished eyes and nose|
|A leaf to who knows what kind of tree|
|Whew, the leaf fits between his ears|
He isn't quite finished. I still want to give him an umbrella, but my first attempt to make his umbrella went pear shaped and looked horrible. It's got me defeated for now. I will get back to making his umbrella, and succeed at it, but it may be a while before I get the chance to figure it out.
He also needs his whiskers. I plan to use some black wire, but since they will need to be glued on and be a bit fragile I want to get the umbrella made and on before I add the whiskers.
|Smaller Totoros for my girls|