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Crafting progress! The very first chipmunk nose to nose with the latest: Chipmunk 21. Back in the summer of 2010, that first little gal seemed real as real could be....

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Welcome to the Salamander Feltworks, where fiber and imagination blend to bring a world to life via the craft of needle felting backed up by wire sculpture. Needle felting takes advantage of wool’s natural tooth — the little flanges along each fiber that make it want to hold on to its own kind — to build solid structures out of fluffy wisps. The wire sculpture creates flexible steel armatures that make it possible to pose the creatures and capture the appearance of arrested motion. For more on the process, see In the Workshop.

Is there a creature in your heart or home that you’d like to see and keep in felt? A pet? A mythological or heraldic beast? Something from a song or dream or story? E-mail the Salamander and describe what you have in mind. The Salamander may help it come alive for you....