People love sloths. It’s a fact. We’re a sloth loving generation. Maybe it’s the peaceable zen-like face, the curled branch-like arms ready to embrace, the dense fur, the innate ‘floppiness’ of them, or it could be the fact that we envy a creature that is allowed to sleep for 21 hours a day. Who knows?
I’ve only ever made one sloth before, created in a ball form, all rounded and smooth to the touch. That little dude sold quite a long time ago, so I thought I’d make another. Many of the latest sculptures I’ve made have been getting bigger and bigger, and this little guy is no exception.
I started with the usual core of blended course fibres which gives the sculpture a bit more of a solid feel. It’s probably not too noticeable to someone else but I do find that using a core makes the sculpture much more substantial. Then I began to wrap a fawn-caramel Norwegian wool around the core, building up the layers to hide the core colours.
I feel like there are two features which make a creature – the nose and the eyes. The eyes are always the last thing I do. I try to shape the nose early on, as the pointed-ness of it and the placement on the face quickly dictate the other features. I’m not sure what that says about me – that I shape a whole little animal around its nose! My mam always did say I had a fascination with noses!
My aim at the start is to get the shape pretty near to the final result so that when I start layering colours I don’t have to worry about the shape underneath. Once you know you’ve got the overall form, you can use layers of fibre like you would watercolours, creating a gentle wash of tones, shade by shade. With this little sloth-y fellow I layered some darker caramels and rich chocolate browns, and used darker browns to create little simplistic folk style claws. I wanted to use the same colour palette, so I added soft vanillas, the deepest browns and a touch of pure white for his eyes and facial features.
And there he is – a new Knittynudo sloth! I’ll list him in the Knittynudo shop in a couple of days. Hope you like him!