hey look, a merman!

I’ve tried something new- a twist on my man pattern. I’ve been thinking about it for a long while now and finally got to figuring out the tweaks and sewing him up.

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It is fun to go through my supplies- which toile would work for a sea creature? Which patterns and colors would make a good tail? And sea hair, what does that look like? What about trims?

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Here is the back of his hair.

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I like how the rick rack works but I found a lot of other trims that I will experiment with too.

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I am excited at all the possibilities. That is what keeps me interested and making.

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I thought that skeletons on a boat, pirate skeletons, worked well for the underwater theme.

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There are more in the pipeline!

lots and lots of fish

This past week(+) has been all about the fish. Back in August I cut out a whole LOT of fish pieces and then sewed up about half of them. This week, I put together the rest.

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That involves a great many color decisions which can be the best fun or very frustrating depending on the color, fabrics, my mood, the light… Anyway, by Friday, I had 34 fish sewed up. I picked out 8 to finish up- stuffing and the hand sewing. The rest will go in a bin and when I am in a fish-y mood, I will have lots to choose from!

Red and Grey-

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Orange boy kitty

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Plain orange (hand-dyed and not exactly evenly) kitty, carrying a backpack and smoking a pipe.

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He has a long-sleeve sweater which made fitting the jacket a bit of a challenge.

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And here is what he has in his pack- supplies for a day out and walking. The folded up paper is a map.

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Black Kitty Girl

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An all black kitty but I made her some super bright clothes so she won’t blend in anywhere!

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We are expecting some real snow tomorrow- seems like the first time this winter! Not that I actually miss it but it is pretty weird having a January with hardly any weather under freezing.