This is my interpretation of the modern day Puss in Boots and the Three Diablo’s as seen in DreamWorks Animation feature film. I used Living Felt NZ Corriedale natural white and the African Safari color pack. Puss in Boots’ Cavalier hat is made from NZ Corriedale wool with maroon merino trim accented with a yellow feather.
I used my Clover needle felting tool (8900) to form the hat. His boots are made with partial embossed acrylic felt sheet however the shoe portion of the boot and sole is made completely with black Norwegian C1 and NZ Corriedale black and brown wool. Puss sports a hand-made genuine leather belt with a grommet attached to hold his realistically painted plastic cocktail sword. His whiskers are natural white horse hair which are individually attached with a needle and secured with a hidden knot. Puss in boots stands 6 ½” tall without hat.
The Three Diablo’s are also needled felted with Living Felt NZ Corriedale African Safari color pack as well as merino wool blends. Each Diablo stands approximately 4” tall while wearing a hat. Each Diablo is also sporting a leather belt with attached grommet to hold their realistically painted cocktail sword. Each plastic sword required four layers of silver and black acrylic paint. Their boots are crafted with black prefelt and C1 Norwegian wool. The soles of each boot are attached separately by using a size 36 triangular felting needle. Although the boots are not removable, they were applied over a completely finished animal foot and sport a 3-dimenional appearance. I custom made a Cavalier hat pattern to fit the three Diablo’s. These hats were made with black acrylic felt. They were partially machine sewn and finished off with hand stitching. The colorful trim around the outer edging of the hat is embroidered blanket stitch to match the wool trim on each of their boots. A yellow feather is also attached with a hand-stitch. Horse hair whiskers complete each kitten’s facial features.
My intention was to capture the famous facial expression of Puss in Boots that everyone loves so much! Each one of the Diablo kittens sports a unique facial expression that makes their character come alive! The smooth facial features were achieved by using a combination of size 40 triangular, 38 and 40 star felting needles. I combined several wooded backgrounds to place my fairytale characters in a suitable setting for photos. I added some real pine trimmings and wooden sticks from nature for a natural display. Puss in Boots and the Three Diablo’s are ready for an adventure!