Pearl and the Whale

It’s about a girl named Pearl, but really, it’s a story about us. All of us. Living on this one little gem we call EARTH, spinning and floating through space and time. Which I doubt I’ll ever be too old to be in awe of. Thanks to Bethany Kohoutek for photographing all of it, and bringing the story to life.


All the characters are needle-felted, which means each one is shaped from wool roving. The wool starts out like fluffs of cotton candy, little soft bundles just waiting to be shaped with a special felting needle. See how tiny these two whales are? I hung them in diorama-like sets, using watercolor backdrops and layered plexi-glass to create waves.


A little bit of sun-styling, below. Gotta get those solar flares happenin’.


A couple of my husband’s microphone stands and white gaffer work out perfectly for holding up the solar system.


Here are some early-on sketches below, for the book. Looking at a book release this year (!!!) for Pearl and the Whale.

PHOTOS BY BETHANY KOHOUTEK (a most wonderful and creative soul)



9 thoughts on “Pearl and the Whale

  1. When will it be available to purchase? My daughter-in-law is a needle felter also. I can’t wait to get the book which I saw in “Family Fun” magazine


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