Pip’s Twin

Wendy brought sharp tools in her suitcase. She was determined to teach me how to felt. I do like felted animals, but have no desire to hold a wad of wool in my hand and poke and stab with a needle (often pricking myself) in order to create a toy (albeit as adorable as can be.) Wendy persevered. She bought wool. She felted while we chatted at the table. (She only went “ouch!” a few times and never did curse – much to my disappointment.)

Pip now has a twin.

Wendy even captured Pip’s perpetual smile.

I still don’t want to work with sharp needles. But, Wendy did teach me a new crochet stitch. I’m working on a scarf. It might be finished by winter.


  1. Wow! Pip has a mini-me! It would be great to have a miniature barn and hen yard with felt likenesses of everyone, including you, Terry.

  2. I love it!!! That is so adorable. I had never heard of felting and certainly won’t try it, but I fear I may need some little critters of my own to admire.

  3. you can make cute little tree ornaments with it. you could make little twins of the hens and even the koi if you wanted too.

  4. That is incredibly cute! I admire her skill, but am with you—let someone else stab their fingers…

  5. That goat must have the lowest injury rate of any animal I’ve done – only two puncture holes on my left index finger! I was very good not to swear, wasn’t I? Very impressive for a Geordie. I could make you some flashcards with my favourite words on them if you like then you could just hold them up when you feel the need. I’ll have you felting yet… Caper and Candy will be in the works soon.

  6. That is incredibly cute! You could sell those at a farmers’ market!

  7. Terry, your friend is so talented! Sounds like it was a great visit.

  8. How adorable is this? And I love the first picture. You have trained them well!

  9. Pip doesn’t look terribly impressed, but I am. The mini Pip is charming – it’s all in the face. Must be worth the occasional finger prick. I can do that just sewing on a button….

  10. That is the cutest little Pip, I would love to learn how to make those. Couldn’t you use a thimble to protect your finger?

  11. Yes, please give some instruction! That is the cutest thing ever!!!

  12. Now you can come to the Temple needle arts groups, and crochet squares for the Linus blankets!

  13. That is really cute. Looks just like him. Now Caper needs a twin. It’s small, so if you start now you’d be done in no time.

  14. Oh my gosh. That’s the cutest picture with the big and little Pips. Wendy, you’re very talented. I can crochet… but am a long-time knitter, and have machine felted several knitted projects; piggy bank, purse, slippers, but needle felting is a whole different world. That close-up is absolutely adorable — makes me want to try my hand at yet another craft.

    Terry, don’t give up on the scarf. It may just be the first of lots more projects if you get bitten by the fiber bug like I did many years ago. If you really like it, you should join ravelry.com (free). A great community for fiber lovers.

  15. I’m traveling in New York State – today I’m in the very beautiful town of Cooperstown, NY, to give a chicken keeping talk at the Farmer’s Museum. Gorgeous area, but very, very slow internet – so, sorry that I can’t respond to each of your comments. But, it does look as if Wendy has a lot more work to do! However, please, Wendy, no felted ones of me. I fear you’d make a voodoo doll :)

  16. Ha! watch out for Candy leaping up and down in her hutch, she’s up next… Have fun at your talk – perhaps I should do you a life-sized hen to take when it’s too far to transport a real one!

  17. That is lovely, I am totally backward when it comes to all things needle so I fully appreciate a well made goat! I’ve only just got the hang of chicken wrangling let alone felting…..