Jessie Dockins is a needle felting artist who creates sculptures of dogs, owls, and other realistic (and whimsical) creatures. Many people commission to create dog sculptures of their or a family member’s favorite dog. These dogs are often referred to as “soul dogs” – dogs fate has placed with their human companions. She also receives many orders for sculptures of special dogs who have passed away – she believes a dog sculpture is an unique way to remember and honor a beloved companion.
To make these felt dogs, I start by building a wire armature.
She uses dog breed guidelines and figures of dog skeletons to create a wire “skeleton” to build her sculpture on
She pays special attention to each dog’s unique characteristics, such as coat color, patterns, and markings
Because her sculptures contain wire armatures, the dogs are completely poseable- they can be posed into multiple positions