There isn’t going to be much posting this month. I am off to LA tomorrow and this month has mostly been preparing for it.
I am teaching 3 Tiny World classes plus an ornament class- that is approx. 70 students! I made samples and refreshed my memory of the patterns.
I did some pre-work for the classes so hopefully people might finish their tiny worlds in 6 hours!
I loaded up a TON of supplies and shipped them out to LA. I figured it was better to have too much than to run short, right? Also my tools which might be a little iffy getting onto the the airplane.
After the boxes were shipped, I was able to breathe a bit and did some sewing for things I will finish when I get back. Then, I made some clothes, because I always seem to feel a need for new clothes when I am going on a trip. Here is one of my new shirts, first try-on.
That was earlier today. Now it is all hemmed up and has buttons and is packed in the suitcase. See you next month!
I love the proportions of this mer-fellow-
Palm tree arms-
And here are the 2 mermen, next to each other. Every time I dye fabrics, the skin tones come out differently and here it is really, really obvious!
The first 2 mermen were made with fabric I already had in my stash. This fabric was bought especially for it’s mer-qualities.
I love this foamy looking fabric for his hair-
My rally is finished but I had some more pieces that were sewn up and I wanted to finish them up. Here is Farmer #2. His trousers have a print of barbed wire on them.
Politics again. Well, we won on the health care for now but yikes, so many other things. It is easy to get disheartened.
I made the WTF fellow and photographed him at the beginning of the month. Then I decided I should make an entire rally! It’s been an interesting experience. I’ve written about how uninspired and creatively dead I’d been feeling since November, but once I started thinking about this project, I was on a roll! I got excited about making a range of people- race, gender, species(mermen, greenmen!) and I found my focus.
The most difficult part was coming up with my protest signs. I was limited to 12, small signs so not too many words, I wanted to stay mostly positive, SO many issues to choose from… in the end I figured don’t overthink and just get the photos taken!
I am inspired by both Salley Mavor and Mary Engelbreit speaking out about what’s been happening in our country. It is not the time to be silent. I never would have guessed that those 2 would be my most politically vocal social media friends.
And here they all are!
This is the last piece I finished for a project I’ve been working on- a group photo which I will post tomorrow.
She has a funny, kind of smirky smile.
I considered redoing it but then decided I liked it and it gave her some feisty personality.
She has a dog covering her entire chest.
She has another animal on her arm but I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what animal it is- a badger maybe?
I will be putting all available pieces into my etsy shop this afternoon.
I will update this when they are live. (now)
This is the first time I’ve made a dark-skin tattooed lady. Getting things dyed to colors that work for skin tones is a real challenge.
I embroidered her hair design.
This outdoor photo shows the color in her pants the best. Pretty fancy!
Green pants, suspenders, and a kerchief around his neck.
He has perfect caterpillar eyebrows.
Here is an outdoor photo close-up of his hair so you can really see it-
I said I would make this for someone many months ago… so finally he is done.
and no hat-