2 more snowy owls

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This owl is wool (body) with cashmere wings and tummy, alpaca face. Not as all-over soft as the last on but with some lovely pet-able bits.

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And, last one-

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Super soft, almost all cashmere except the face. He/she is made up of various shades and textures in white.

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I am working hard in my studio right now, doing all the work that will eventually lead up to great bursts of finished pieces. In the past few weeks, I have spent 3 full days dyeing fabrics for tattooed people. I have cut out great piles of people body pieces, fish, owls, swaddled babies. I have started sewing up some of the men because I am working to fill out my inventory for my trip to Nashville at the end of September. Having a show on the calendar is inspiring me! I’m focused on the making and I can’t seem to make the time to put any of the most recent pieces into my etsy shop. As always, if you see anything go by that you are interested in, let me know and I can send details.

some light brown owls

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In my Mom’s later sewing years, the 1980′s and 90′s, she used a lot of beige and brown. When I make the brown owls, many of the fabrics are from her scraps and/or stash. I love thinking about the beautiful clothes she’d made from them.

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Pretty much everything on this one is directly from Mom’s attic.

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This one is a mix of newer and older- wovens from Mom, knit (wings and cap) is a reclaimed sweater.

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helper wanted

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I am looking for a very part-time helper- one day a week, 6 hours or so. I live in Arlington, a suburb of Boston. I need someone to help me do the things I do which would mostly be the machine sewing part of the making but also various random things like getting ready for shows, cutting fabric, tracing patterns, and on and on. If you are interested in hearing more, email me at mimik@pobox.com.

The photo is the 50 fish bodies I cut out this week- I love all the colors! Yes, I’d love some help sewing them up!

what’s happening around here

I made something for the Summer Stitch Fest. I had big plans, cut out 2 shirts, but then didn’t even get the one finished. I finished it on Monday though and got to wear it out for my birthday dinner last night.

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The fabric is double gauze which I’ve never sewed with before. It was definitely not as easy to sew with as regular woven cotton. It was wiggly and stretchy and very difficult to unpick when things didn’t go right which unfortunately was pretty often. But, it is light and airy and very nice for a summer shirt and now it is finished.

Things have suddenly picked up around here. I am really excited to tell you that I will be going to Nashville in September for the Tennessee Craft Fair, Sept. 23, 24, and 25. So, what should I know about or definitely not miss while I’m in Nashville? I’m excited to go since the last time I was there was maybe 1981? I suspect things have changed quite a bit.

Also, I will be doing CraftBoston Holiday Show in December but I will post more about that when it gets closer. Both of these shows have just been confirmed so suddenly I am feeling like I need to get more things made. The last 3 days have been spent cutting out pieces of/for tattooed men. The studio is getting that crazy mess look.

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Next, I have to cut out some ladies. Then, I am going to pull out the dye pots. That is the next step in the process but I will want to wait for a cool-ish day. So many steps!

last man for now

This is the last man for now but I love this toile so much that I just couldn’t leave him lingering in the in-progress bin any longer.

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The plan is to cut out a whole new batch and start the process over- cutting, dyeing, marking, stitching, stuffing, embroidering, embellishing… SO many steps. That’ll start next week I hope.

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dark tattooed man

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I haven’t made very many dark skin tone tattooed people because I have not had much success dyeing the fabric to colors that I like and I think are even remotely realistic. So, this is one of a very few. He’s been waiting a long time to get finished up.

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He has a lady on the front of his arm and George Washington on the back of that same arm.

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