Wellcome to my blog

My name is Martina Staniek, and I make OOAK (One Of A Kind) Teddy Bears and other soft sculptures.
I also knit and crochet - i always on the search for those very diffrent and fantastic pattern.
Last year i learned to Spin, and now i also create wonderfull and unique yarn.

I would like to introduce to you my creations and keep you updated with other happenings which are important to me.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fantasy - Freddy the goblin

Hellooooo !!!
I am Freddy and i am a goblin.
You must forgive me for not leaving my pot, but i got a cold and don’t feel so well today.
I am looking really small in my pot, just 15 cm to the top of my hair.
These hair are fine mohair and is rooted strand by strand into my head.
I got acryl eyes and my slight shading is archived with pastels.
I was made in a smoke- and pet free environment.
I come in my own gift box with an birth certificate with my dates.
I am NOT a toy, neither for children or for animals.
Small parts could get loose and be swallowed.
If you want a goblin just for yourself, please send my mommy a mail and let her know :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A felted little kitty - part 1


The last few days i worked on this little kitty.

At first i was a bit scared of trying a kitty, but then i saw an article online and thought i just have a go.
Here you can see the article :
This time i did not try to make a copy, i just peeked for tips :)

My little kitty is 14 cm high and made of 50 gram (about 2 ounces) slightly off white Shetland wool.
Here eyes are green 1cm German glass eyes.
Pink shading is done with wool, and a slightest little touch of black added is chalk.


Click the links to follow the instructions.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

A felted little kitty - part 6



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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

The glue is dry, now let’s make the eye lids
I wanted upper and lower lids, so i made 4 tiny little lids



And now needling them to the face



Not really even …. but as good as i could for now.
And now some sculpting


Doesn’t look to bad, right ? :)

Now it is time to secure the threads from the eyes.
Don’t pull to tight, just a few times across the head.

See the little black dot on the 2nd picture ? just a tiny little pull and it sinks right inside the head.



All that is left, are some tiny holes, which we cover with little sheets of wool and needle them right over it.

Now we work a little bit more on the paws.
Make little lines with your needle where the toes separate usually


Now you can paint with colours of your choice or use wool here.

Take tiny little wisps of wool and roll them together a bit, then needle them into place244245


I forgot to take a picture…. you need a little bit bigger ball to go into the middle of those 4 dots like on this picture


Next i was working on the surface to make it nice and even. Needling for hours and hours :D

I try to show you the before and after here …. the forearm is needled the rest is still fluffy
The second picture shows again the same forearm, after i gone over the rest of the hair with little sharp scissors


Here the whole arm is needled, you can see around the arm how it sinks in a little bit with this surface needling.


You need to do now the whole body of the cat, i started with the arms, then the tail.
Worked the lower legs, the belly and chest, the neck, lower side of the head and sides of the head, then the back.

Now its time to attach the ears

Pull the 2 colours of wool a bit apart on the fluffy side


And pin the ears to the head. Now its time to get the size you want. … play with the pins till you like the ear size and how they are placed.


Then you needle the back of the ear, just the white part in this case, to the head.


On the front, needle into the ear and tag the pink onto the head a bit.
Then fold the ear back, and needle right into the edge.


Take a wisp of flesh or pink wool, and needle it to the front of the nose


Tiny little bits into the line of the mouth


And now its time, to run all over the body with the tiny scissors and cut off all stray hairs.261262

Want some decoration ? Now it’s time to get it out :D

Place the kitty onto a place with good light, and take pictures :)



Want to read it all again ?

Click for the parts

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

A felted little kitty - part 5



Click the links to follow the instructions.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Now I did the ears:
I made a shape out of paper first



Then i took small parts of fluff, and needled around the shape into the foam to be able to fold the edges.





After you worked them nice flat, tear them carefully off the foam
Then needle the back side, both sides should be nice and flat.



Try to make them about the same size.
Do the same thing again with flesh or pink coloured wool if you don’t want to paint them and needle the 2 sheets together.


Put them aside for now, till we need them.

Now we make the front paws.

As usual, take a sheet of wool - this time i tried to needle right into the sheet to sculpt it, you might roll it up first like the tail. You should have a rough idea how the paws should be positioned.


I between have a look how it looks on the cat body, and needle on till it got the right size and shape


When you decided how the paw should be placed, needle it onto the shoulder.
The gap will be again covered with little wool sheets.



When something is to skinny, just add little bits of wool, till it is like you like it.


The same now with the second paw





And here we have 2 paws :D


Now is the last chance to decide what eyes you finally want to place

I had to choose between green and golden brown.


Again i pressed the loop together a bit


I thought it will be green eyes. Pull the thread through the loops and make a knot into it
Thread it into long needles


And pull the needle through the head


I added a bit of glue behind the eyes, so they don’t turn.


Time to let them try … bedtime for me :)

This was part 5 click where you want to go

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6