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.
She uses people’s photos to create custom dog sculptures
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
Her ultimate goal is to create a miniature replica of that particular dog
Because her sculptures contain wire armatures, the dogs are completely poseable- they can be posed into multiple positions
Each dog takes approximately two to three weeks to complete