Happy Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rabbit! In honor of this cute and cuddly animal, I felted up a lop-eared bunny to celebrate, and snuggle up with.
To make this sweet little bun, I started forming white wool roving into two balls, and gently worked brown threads into the white base for a mottled look. I pulled a tuft of all-white wool out of the larger ball and reserved it as the cotton tail.
I then connected the smaller ball to the larger (creating a head and body) by working the needle up from the larger ball, into the smaller. I referenced several photos of rabbits while working on the body shape and positioning. I added two small ball of wool to create his front legs. This helped keep him upright as well!
I made the ears by matting together the fibers into beaver-tail shapes, and as I attached them, I cupped them slightly, so that they would have more dimension.
I added some pink fibers to the rabbit's nose and black eyes, then did some finishing work to define his back legs.
Once I was done shaping my "Year of the Rabbit" rabbit, I took him outside to smell the flowers!
Then brought him in, to model for me in front of a festive red and yellow backdrop.
I hope this year brings you all health, happiness and carrots. Happy Chinese New Year!