A Colorful Rooster

I know a rooster seems like an odd choice for a felt picture.  But I had seen a picture of this Dutch Bantam Rooster and I was intrigued.  The colors are vibrant and cheerful.

It took me a while to work up the courage and the process to try to capture this beautiful creature in felt.

First, I made two merino batts to use as a background.  One for the ground, one for the sky.  I laid them over a batt of Coopsworth fiber as a base.


Then I cut out a prefelt backing for the rooster and the comb. I needle felted the head and  different colored feathers. The eye is a small garnet inclusion.

Rooster layout

When it was finished, I placed it on the background.  Since I wanted the rooster to be the star, I didn’t add a lot of detail only some different color fibers to give a feel of flowing tall grasses.

before felting

I was careful not to over full it.  I wanted the whole picture to have a hazy feel to it which would also help keep a feathery effect of the rooster.

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Once it was done drying,  I did some more needle felting to give it dimension and added a few more details on the grasses.

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If you’ve noticed that there is a lot of area around the rooster, its because I was thinking of putting it over a stretcher bars or canvas.  What do you think?



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28 Responses to A Colorful Rooster

  1. zedster66 says:

    That’s gorgeous, Marilyn 🙂
    I like the space around the rooster. Was it luck or on purpose the darker patch by him, it looks like a subtle shadow.

  2. Sally says:

    Very cute, well done.

  3. Leonor says:

    Very well done, Marilyn! I see you are becoming an expert in using various felting methods, which I find fascinating. You might find reversed needles interesting for this sort of project, they take wool out instead of in, which means you can get more of a “feathery” effect… Have you tried them?

    PS – I owe you a lengthy message, and it shall arrive soon! Christmas is killing me 🙂

    • luvswool says:

      Have never heard of reversed needles, Leonor…can you send us a link?

    • Leonor says:

      Sure! Would you mind sending me a message reminding me to look? I’m not on my computer right now and I might forget 🙂

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Leonor! I haven’t heard of reserved needles either. Sounds intriguing. Don’t worry about a message I’m traveling!
      Btw, everyone should come back tomorrow for another Birthday drawing.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    He is lovely. I made a cushion with a felt cockerel on it but before I had started to make felt myself so mine was felt applique.

  5. Mary Stori says:

    I agree with your idea to place the piece on stretcher bars…….which in my humble opinion will help ‘frame’ it even more than the space around the rooster…..providing a polished looking finished piece. Really well done!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Mary! I left space around it so I could frame it either over a canvas or stretcher bars. I haven’t done any framing like that yet, so we’ll see how it goes.

  6. luvswool says:

    What a handsome fellow! The colors are great. Can’t wait to see your rooster framed.

  7. This was quite a challenge and he is the star, all right.

  8. Charlotte ashley says:

    This is amazing! I love the simplicity of it! I think a light beech frame would be lovely 🙂 well done!

  9. Joanna says:

    LOVE it!

  10. Judy says:

    Hello Marilyn, he is certainly a very proud and colorful rooster. I think the extra detail you did with needle felting really is a very nice addition..

  11. Lyn says:

    You did a grand job! I like the twinkly eye and I think he should be framed.

    I’ve never heard of the reversed needles either.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! You know got have a little bling, besides he’s a rooster. 🙂 a little twinkle I’d think would be appropriate.

  12. I think he came out great. He will look really nice framed and hanging up. My mom has a big rooster picture in her breakfast nook.

  13. ruthlane says:

    Great rooster Marilyn. One way to test to see whether you would like the rooster without as much space around him is to make some “croppers”. Just cut out L shaped pieces of white paper that will fit around the rooster like a matt and you can “crop” the picture to see where you like it best. You could also use Photoshop to do this visually. I find it really helps to see how it will look before you invest in framing options.

  14. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Ruth! Great idea to use the L corners to check it first,. I’ll definitely do that.

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