Clip a piece of baling wire about 2 to 6 feet (0.6 to 1.8 m) long, depending on the desired size of your final animal. Decide on an animal and just start making a frame. Twirl and twist the wire around. Think legs, heads, bodies, wings and so on.
Gather lightweight fabrics. Cut pieces out as you go in small strips or patches, about 3 x 6 inches (7.6 x 15.2 cm). Wrap and tie with string or twine. Continue until you have a creature you like!
Sometimes you might need a needle and thread to secure some errant fabric or buttons for eyes. But mostly everything can just be held together with string, twine or ribbon.
<b>A few tips:</b> - Baling wire gives your creature a sturdy framework and can be found in most hardware stores. - When collecting fabric, I look for pieces that are lightweight and look nice on both sides. I tend to gravitate toward blacks, grays, and browns but will add a bright color every once in a while to spice things up and force myself out of my comfort zone.
This wire animals how-to is excerpted with permission from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592538053/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1592538053&linkCode=as2&tag=craftfocom-20">"Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim"</a> from Quarry Books.