Making Whoopi - A Needle Felted Doll

Meet Li'l Whoopi

whoopi goldberg figure - felt alive needle felted caricature doll by Kay Petal

I was commissioned to bring Whoopi Goldberg to life in needle felted wool and I couldn't have thought of of a better subject myself! She is solid needle felted wool with flexible needle felted joints. She stands on her own and is about 12" tall. I wet felted her dreadlocks using Merino Roving and for her glasses I used Merino prefelt that I needle felted and then wet felted. She was quite a project and a fun collaboration with my client.

whoopi in progress

whoopi figure in progress

my FA (Felt Alive) signature on the soles of her shoes

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  1. WOW !! She is absolute fantastic !!!

    Brilliant work ! She is SO much like the original Whoopi !

    summer hugs from Norway :)

  2. Oh Kay, she is amazing! She looks exactly like the real Whoopi, I can almost hear her laughing! :)

  3. Ich liebe Whoopi und diese Puppe ist der Hammer! Superklasse!!!!!!!

  4. Thanks so much for the comments! I couldn't be happier with how she turned out. It's one of those "I can't believe I made that" kind of things. I really can't believe I made wool look just like Whoopi Goldberg. But I did and it was fun!! Thanks again!

  5. She is wonderful! It is difficult saying goodbye to your creations but she will be well loved.

  6. hey,
    wow, whoopi is soo cute and vivid !!!
    looks like she just starts dancing some "jumping jack flash" !
    dear kay petal, i just want to tell how much i like your creations !
    it's always joy and inspiration to read your blog!

    lots of greetings from germany,


  7. thanks everyone, again & again!

  8. Beautiful art work done with woolen felt.. specially images looks amazing


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