elsa the elven archer

i am so excited – i have finally completed my woodland elf archer costume!  i have named her elsa to pay homage to the first d&d character created for me by my husband, who attempted to ease me into the world of dragons by making my character deaf and mute… haha!  she’s come a long way since then!

the costume idea, amongst many others, has been bouncing around in my head for the last two months driving me nuts because i couldn’t find the time to bring it to life… and, of course, when an idea is left to brew too long it grows in complexity often to the point that it becomes daunting… but i did it! and i’m really proud!

up to this point i’ve kept my felting projects small – hats, belts and the like – but the buoyancy and shapability (is this a word?!) of merino felt lends itself so well to sculpting seamless whimsical clothing that i had to give it a try. i was also inspired by tree bark (probably due to the fact that it has been a long winter and you see beauty in things you would otherwise overlook in a vibrant summer forest) and really wanted to incorporate the beautiful textures in to my creations. so, with an abundance of beautiful italian merino wool from Artgus Studio and a full day off, due to an International Women’s Day stat (unique to my job at a university student union! yay!), i immersed myself in 8 solid hours of design & felting.

close up of the texture on the vest
close up of the texture on the vest

by the end of the day i had completed the raw version of the woodland vest and circle skirt. during the rest of the week, i squeezed in any available moment to complete the vision – sewing detail, making gauntlets, adding leather, creating a belt bag. man, i was in my element. i really could do this all of the time… sigh.

leather detailing in the works
leather detailing in the works
elf ranger making-2
elven knot belt
juniper was very helpful when it came to hammering in rivets :)
juniper was very helpful when it came to hammering in rivets 🙂

the day of the photo shoot was exciting… as this is a grassroots operation my husband was the photographer and i was the model and makeup artist : ) by the time my mother-in-law came to look after the elflets (bless her kind soul!), we had about half an hour of sunlight left to do the shoot. it was a scramble, but incredibly fun and satisfying. The outfit includes a vest, skirt, gauntlets, and leaf belt bag all hand felting with merino wool fibres and embellished with naturally dyed silk and hand cut leather. my favourite part was adorning a fairy hair wreath made by Freckles Fairy Chest – it gave the ensemble the touch of lovely that it needed. i would love to hear your comments & feedback… what do you think i should make next?!elf ranger-7

elf ranger-4

close up of the vest
close up of the vest

elf ranger-6

perhaps i'm hunting for squirrels here?
perhaps i’m hunting for squirrels here?

elf ranger-2and here’s a final shot that catches my true modelling skills ; )… if you would like to see some more of my work visit my facebook & etsy store!

work it!
work it!
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12 thoughts on “elsa the elven archer

  1. Wow I love what you have created:) It is so beautiful and I love all the details!!!!!!!!!!! I have always wanted to try wet felting….maybe one day but for now I will sew 🙂 Happy creating and I can’t wait to see what you create next:)

    1. Cheri, you should try it! it’s so different from sewing with pattern, which i never had the capacity for (patience, really) – instead you get to make you fabric and sculpt the garment all together. it is an extremely fulfilling process to me. thank you so much for your encouragement!

  2. Totally fell in love with these creations. Got here from looking at your hats which are just wonderful too. This costume though is so original and is a thrill to look at.

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