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Felted Starfish, Purple sea star, needlefelted animal

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This purple starfish (those in the know call them sea stars) isn't just a generic one, but a Pisaster ochraceus. This sea star lives in the intertidal zone of the Pacific Northwest and can easily be spotted at low tide as it looks for mussels or other vulnerable invertebrates. Using its powerful tube feet, it pulls open a mussel shell just enough to slip its everted stomach inside and begin digesting it.

This wooly version is much better behaved and will most likely stay wherever you put it, even at low tide. I needle-felted this specimen from wool that I hand-dyed with non-toxic dyes. Realistic (nerdy) touches include the round dot on its dorsal (top) side that represents the madreporite: the opening to the water-vascular system that powers the tube feet. The lines on the underside of each arm represent the rows of tube feet. The white lines on the top resemble the nubby spines that show through the skin and give Echinoderms (spiny skin) their names.

This mini sea star measures 4 inches (10 cm) across.

Your new sea star can be used as a decoration, but is not made for rough treatment. Unlike a live sea star, it can't regrow its arms.

Note: Barnacles and rocks not included

Get this little guy some friends and make a tidepool menagerie....

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Felted Starfish, Purple sea star, needlefelted animal

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wool, non toxic dye
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  • Ships worldwide from United States
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