Susan Bell is always coming up with another cool art project. I stop by her gallery with Sophie occasionally to see what she's doing. I love her painted animal portraits and am amused by her Dung Bunnies (biodegradable sculptures made of manure). Now she's got another medium: felt. She is still working on the Bernese mountain dog and the Jack Russell, but the poodle is pretty well finished.
The technique is called needle-felting. If you throw wool in a hot washing machine, the scales on the fibers stick up and get all tangled together, locking tighter and tighter as the machine agitates. This results in either a ruined sweater (unintentional felting) or maybe a nice purse (intentional felting).
In needle-felting, you use a very sharp, barbed needle to accomplish the same result, poking the fibers thousands of times to get the scales to lock together. With patience and talent, you can create some pretty detailed sculptures.
Here's a good explanation from someone who makes felted pet portraits. (It's amazing how many really badly photographed tutorials are out there! It took me a while to find this attractive one.)
I don't need any more hobbies, nor tchotchkes, but I thought this was pretty neat.