Our therapy dog at school passed away last year. His ‘mom’ Susie asked me if I could do anything with the hair they shaved off of him prior to his amputation (and passing).
This is one of the projects I made for her hubs.
I used Mountain color top for the base mat and, after washing/carding the dog hair, I replicated his footprint using a felting pen.
The dog hair was washed in a salad spinner. I used a drop of Dawn dish washing detergent to get the oogies out. Then I gave it 2 more cold water washes to get the remaining dirt out.
I combed it with some combing cards I picked up last year.
This was my first needle felting project. It was pretty quick to do. I left the footprint fuzzy on purpose as Zeke was a very hairy Golden Retriever.
I mounted it in a shadow box.
I hope they like it.
Needle felting mat: size large
Pen style needle felting tool: for small projects, holds 3 needles max.
Red top: I used some Mountain Colors that I picked up on vacation.
Dog hair: Zeke was a Golden Retriever. His leg was amputated months prior to his passing. At that time, Susie collected some of his hair based on a conversation we had MONTHS prior to knowing Zeke was even sick.