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JouJou Designs Canada Joujou Designs creates felted 3D sculptures of what you love the most. Hi, thanks for visiting my page. If I really like something I will try to learn it.
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Whether you want a desk topper, tree ornaments, key chains, mobiles, wreaths, Halloween figures, Christmas ornaments or bookshelf keepsakes, just message me and I can make it for you. If you want to know a little bit about me:

I was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and have lived in a few different cities in Ontario throughout my life. Now middle-aged (yikes), I have raised one daughter and two

dogs. I have a Master’s degree (not that I ever needed it), I am a self-employed transcriptionist (I type research interviews from audio to text) and I work from home. Needle felting is not my career as I still work full time. Throughout the years I have dabbled in many different mediums of art, constantly learning and discovering new things. I draw, paint, create mosaics out of tile, sculpt and needle felt. I am the type of person who has to be doing something all the time. I discovered needle felting when I was searching for the perfect gift for my mom online. I wanted to buy her a look-alike dog to commemorate Molly, her beloved fur baby she had just lost. While searching, I saw many talented artists’ sculptures and they all looked so real. After that, I began watching video tutorials to figure out how the heck to make these sculptures out of wool. I dabbled a bit and bought a squirrel kit to try. Also, the COVID pandemic had just become dire and the government was starting to close everything down; therefore, I had more spare time to learn. So that’s what I did. Then I made a dog for my mom that was intended to be a look-alike of Molly. I gave it to her because I knew my mom loves accepting homemade gifts (or at least she is a good actress and pretends to be a big fan of my creations; thanks Mom for always encouraging me). Anyway, the dog I made for her looked more like a “cute” item and not a life-like animal as I had aspired to create. So I thought about it some more, and I still wanted to learn how to make a real look-alike dog. I purchased a set of four videos from a really talented artist on how to needle-felt a wolf. With faith and perseverance, I worked through the series until I finished and my project turned out great! I was even asked at the Tim Horton’s drive-thru by the lady serving us if it was real! That is basically how I began needle felting. I began in April of 2020, and by word-of-mouth, I have already been able to replicate some really great dogs for people. I enjoy needle felting more over the other art avenues I have tried because I can do it while watching TV or listening to music and I don’t have to get dirty. It seems to just be the perfect art for me. In my needle-felted animals, I use high-quality Canadian wool, sometimes I have to buy abroad if I require different types of textures, but I try to buy from Canadian companies for the majority of my work. I usually use sturdy core wool to create the figure and often soft merino wool for the hair. If you like what I make and are interested in ordering, please private message me and I will get right on it. All I need is well-lit pictures of the entire object that you want, or a complete description of the object and how you would like it, like the position (standing, sitting, posing).

Hi! I made a cartoon character look alike of my friend's dog. He loved it!
15/12/2023

Hi! I made a cartoon character look alike of my friend's dog. He loved it!

Hi. I just finished making this Husky, but the lady canceled her order. If you are interested in buying him, he is $200 ...
13/12/2023

Hi. I just finished making this Husky, but the lady canceled her order. If you are interested in buying him, he is $200 plus delivery and 12 inches long not including the tail. PM me if interested.

Everyone loves my chauffeur! Lol!
19/11/2023

Everyone loves my chauffeur! Lol!

Meet Mini Maggie beside real Maggie! Just made this lovely girl.
15/07/2023

Meet Mini Maggie beside real Maggie! Just made this lovely girl.

13/03/2023

Meet Liam the Lion!

13/03/2023

Hello Friends!
This is what I worked on on my vacation. Boy did I get lots of questions 🤭 Someone once told me that I should try making a lion. Well, I finally finished my first lion! Meet Liam the Lion!

Good morning friends! I know it has been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I have been working on a sheep doodle...
05/03/2023

Good morning friends! I know it has been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I have been working on a sheep doodle named Jhett. I finally finished him. Not including the tail he is 1.5 feet long. Here he is!

01/01/2023

Happy New Year everyone!

Just made my own slippers today.  All wool. This is done by wet felting.
13/11/2022

Just made my own slippers today. All wool. This is done by wet felting.

09/10/2022

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all my family and friends!

09/10/2022

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

When I first learned how to needle felt, I made my friend's dog Banks. He is such a great friend and was my first order....
23/06/2022

When I first learned how to needle felt, I made my friend's dog Banks. He is such a great friend and was my first order. I decided to remake him because I was just learning and I wasn't so happy with it. So I just finished, just goes to show you if you keep practicing you do get better! I am much happier with the outcome of this one!

08/04/2022

Meet Miss Daizy! She is a Yorkie. I made her top coat with a mix of merino wool and viscose. She turned out really well!

This is so cool!
07/04/2022

This is so cool!

"Take what you need, gift what you can" boxes filled with yarn and other textiles are popping up in and around Vancouver.

MEET TOBY!
27/03/2022

MEET TOBY!

27/03/2022

Another order completed. Meet Toby, he is a black lab and loves to play ball ☺️

I love to work with wool, but I recently learned that it is anti-microbial, too! Here are some wool fun facts. :)
26/03/2022

I love to work with wool, but I recently learned that it is anti-microbial, too! Here are some wool fun facts. :)

We all know how wonderful wool is to work with and to wear, but did you know that wool also has natural UV protection or that it has anti-bacterial properties? This week we'll be looking at seven wondrous properties of wool, which I'm sure will make you love it even more. #1. Wool has natural UV pro...

Meet Casey, she is my latest completed order. Casey is a 14 years old black lab. Thank you Carmen Patularu ❣
27/01/2022

Meet Casey, she is my latest completed order. Casey is a 14 years old black lab. Thank you Carmen Patularu ❣

Felting is an extremely old practice--it even predates woven fabric--so I had originally assumed that sculptural dry nee...
13/01/2022

Felting is an extremely old practice--it even predates woven fabric--so I had originally assumed that sculptural dry needle felting, like I do, was also an old craft with a long history. Actually, 3D dry felting wasn't developed until the 1980s! Here's a good short history of the related crafts, and the difference between them.

I am collecting information about the wonders of wool. Today's Topic is Felting Felting Felting is the process of tangling fibers. It is one of the oldest fiber crafts, dating back as far as 6300 BC....

Guess who learned a new hobby? Of course, you know me, always trying new things. I made a wet felted scarf in merino woo...
01/01/2022

Guess who learned a new hobby? Of course, you know me, always trying new things. I made a wet felted scarf in merino wool for my Mom. Thanks to the amazing instruction of the talented artist Lana Tymofyeyeva from Croatia. Happy New Year!

Ok, Christmas is over. Meet Van, he was a Christmas present, so I couldn't post on here until now. Here he is
26/12/2021

Ok, Christmas is over. Meet Van, he was a Christmas present, so I couldn't post on here until now. Here he is

Meet wiLLow, she is a Irish setter. She stands 10.5 inches tall. Just finished her, she will be delivered tomorrow.
02/11/2021

Meet wiLLow, she is a Irish setter. She stands 10.5 inches tall. Just finished her, she will be delivered tomorrow.

This is the completed Yorkie sculpture.  He is a portrait of an adorable real-life dog named Zyro, and the needle-felted...
19/10/2021

This is the completed Yorkie sculpture. He is a portrait of an adorable real-life dog named Zyro, and the needle-felted sculpture is 7 inches tall, 5 inches wide, and 16 inches long with tail. This is one of my large-sized custom pet sculptures, made of high-quality Canadian wool.

This guy was so much fun to make! I'm already well into the next one, so you'll be seing that soon.

The making of my dogs.Many people have asked me what is needle felting and how do you do it. I found felting was very ea...
08/10/2021

The making of my dogs.

Many people have asked me what is needle felting and how do you do it. I found felting was very easy to learn. Here is a brief explanation.

Basically, I start by taking a small piece of wool roving (wool that is not spun), roll into a ball and begin puncturing it with the needle. As I go I fashion it into a basic shape by continuing to poke at the wool.

Of course you do have to use special needles to gather the wool. A needle felting needle has small barbs along the sides of the needle, so when when the needle is stabbed through the wool it will entangle the fibres to each other, which allows you to create a shape out of it. The more you poke the more the wool comes together. Once you develop a form you keep adding to it and sculpt the wool into the forms that you want and eventually get to the finished product. It's not too hard, but it is extremely time consuming!

I call the initial phase the embryo stage, because they look pretty funny. Here are some photos of the dog I just finished making and the stages of his development. His name is Zyro :).

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