Pongo the Bornean Orangutan

This is Pongo, a male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)! This species of orangutan is an endangered species, with a wild population of only 45,000 to 69,000 in the world. There are actually three subspecies across Malaysia and Indonesia, and their numbers have declined drastically due to deforestation and loss of habitat.

Pongo is my first (and possibly last) foray into using Suri alpaca for all of his long hair. I seem to much prefer working with wool!

Peter the Pumpkin Patch Mouse

So, it’s only July and it’s about a billion degrees outside here in Orlando, but I’m already thinking about my favorite season – fall! This is Peter, who happened upon a pumpkin patch… and I think you can figure out the rest. He’s listed on Etsy and is ready to ship!

Blue-Ringed Octopus

For as long as I can remember, my parents’ house had an aquarium in it. When I was really little, it was freshwater with cichlids, and later, it switched to saltwater with clowns, tangs and various species of coral. I’ve never had an aquarium of my own, so I thought perhaps I could build my own with needle felted exotic sea creatures!

This is the first piece for my aquarium installation (still don’t have any idea how I’m going to build it, but I’m hoping it’ll come to me). The blue-ringed octopus is a venomous octopus that paralyzes its victims and sends them into cardiac arrest. Pretty nasty, but I liked the way it looked. So, perhaps my aquarium will be a little more like Thunderdome. No problem. 🙂

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