I am having fun, playing with hair curls.
The first time I used this type of fabric, I wasn’t sure if I was comfortable getting away from the classic toile tattoos. In the end, I decided it was great. So much so that I ordered a bunch more and dyed it up, including some ladies. Now, I am finally getting the men put together.
Here is a slightly out-of-focus shot where you can see the color of his beard.
He has a big antique shell button for his belt buckle.
And yes, there is still some snow but really, not very much.
I didn’t start out to make all these kitties be girls. I traced out my pattern and drew lines to make the “shirt” piece. When I sewed them up and stuffed them, the shirt ended up looking too short for a boy kitty- there sort of needed to be a skirt. Next time I cut these out, I will adjust the pattern pieces.
She was a real challenge. The faces are the hardest part since they carry the personality. This fabric, with it’s bold pattern, overwhelms the details. Also, I had some idea when I cut out the kitty- the bold fabric with a black top- but I apparently forgot what the vision was when I went to finish her up. It was a challenge to find the right colors and fabrics that did not scream Halloween. I need to get better about noting down these inspirations so I actually remember them!
And here she is in front of some of our Christmas decorations. The garland was finally uncovered enough that I could take it down!
I am going to be away next week and will be putting my Etsy shop on vacation mode while I am away. That will include the patterns, in case you need to rush over and buy one!
I haven’t made kitties in a very long time. I was sorting through fabric a while back and came across some that I thought would make a perfect kitty and VOILA! Inspired! I cut out a big pile that I am still in the midst of sewing up. I also wanted to try a different style of kitty, with the clothing as part of the piece and not removable (like how I do the dogs). That is what I am working on now. The first is a fuzzy white kitty made from a reclaimed wool/angora blend sweater.
There is nowhere outside that I can take a photo of a white kitty- all the backgrounds are still all white with snow!
I like to cut out large groups of dolls from the same pattern at the same time. I get inspired by the colors and materials. The pile of cut-out dolls gets bigger and bigger as I am thinking, I could do this! and this! Mostly it is a good thing but sometimes I go off in odd directions. I cut out this fellow a while back- more than a year I know? I was cutting out traditional lumberjacks (just a shirt), tattooed lumberjacks ( shirts pieces, chest and arm pieces) and then I thought, what about a man in a vest. And apparently a teddy bear vest was what I thought he needed. It is a teddy bear vest because it is made of mohair fabric for making teddy bears. The fabric is in my stash because years ago, when I was making painted dolls, I experimented with using it for hair but it was almost always not quite the right color. So, it has been sitting in the bin for all this time because every time I looked at him I wondered, Is that just too silly? or weird? or something? With this last batch I decided, what the heck. And I finished him up. He is most certainly a very huggable fellow- that mohair fur is so so soft. I am glad he has finally stepped forward!
We’ve had a few days where the temperature has gone above freezing so the snow is beginning to melt a bit. But, as you can see, it will be a while before it is gone!